Bled Golf Resort
Slovenia, Upper Carnolia, Gorenjska, Bled
- The Resort
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Founded in 1937, Bled Golf Course is Slovenia's oldest and largest golf facility. This grand dame of Slovenian clubs is located amidst the picturesque scenery of Lake Bled in the Julian Alps. The club was inaugurated with a nine hole course to cater for the need of diplomats coming to Bled in the wake of the king of Yugoslavia, who had his summer residence here. In 1972, Bled was redesigned and extended to 18 holes by British architect Donald Harradine, who would add another nine hole course later on.
Built in 1940, the King's Club House is a real gem of regional architecture with stunning frescoes and stucco's from Slovenian artists. It features a reputed restaurant serving gourmet cuisine and excellent Slovenian wines, and also offers comfortable accommodation. Further accommodation is available in the quaint lakeside resort of Bled, a short 3 km. drive away.
The Sava Hoteli Bled group runs seven hotels of different categories in Bled. Sava's flagship properties is the 5 star Grand Hotel Toplice. Grand Hotel Toplice is a landmark in Bled, a favourite with British and European visitors since the 1920's. Directly on the shore, it offers breathtaking views over the lake and the Julian Alps.
King's Clubhouse & GH Toplice
BLED GOLF COURSE
Built in 1940, and completely renovated in the early 80’s, the King's Club House is a real gem of regional architecture with stunning frescoes and stucco's from Slovenian artists, including angels playing golf! The clubhouse features a reputed restaurant serving gourmet cuisine and excellent Slovenian wines, whether indoor in the attractive dining rooms or outdoor on the terraces overlooking the golf courses.
The clubhouse also offers comfortable accommodation, its two suites and seven rooms, al comfortable furnished, modernly equipped and fully air conditioned offering dramatic views across the fairways to the majestic Karawaken and Julian Alps.
• King's Club House
4 Star Lodge - 7 AC Double rooms + 2 AC Suites - Satellite TV - Minibar - Free WiFi
King's Restaurant (Gourmet dining) Dining rooms + Terraces
GRAND HOTEL TOPLICE
The Sava Hoteli Bled group runs seven hotels of different categories in Bled and Sava's flagship property is the 5 star Grand Hotel Toplice. Golfers who’d like to stay in Bled will be pleased to find that they, as guests of any hotel in the group, receive special green fee rates at Bled Golf Course, as well as discount accommodation prices.
Grand Hotel Toplice is a landmark in Bled, a favourite with British and European visitors since the 1920's. Directly on the shore, it offers breathtaking views over the lake and the Julian Alps. Toplice means "spa" in Slovenian and this is where the Grand Hotel gets its name from. The naturally warm waters of the Grand Hotel's swimming pool come directly from the thermal springs, reputed for their beneficial effects on the nervous system.
5 Star - 1930's Grand Hotel and Spa on Lake Bled
87 Rooms & Suites • All rooms with balcony, AC, DDL phone with internet access and cable TV • Bathrooms with bath and shower
Grand Restaurant (Table d'hôte) • Juliana Restaurant (à la carte) • Lake Salon Bar • Jezero Day Bar
Indoor swimming pool with thermal water drawn directly from the spring • Saunas, Solarium, Fitness studio, Beauty & Massage parlour • Private lido and rowing boats
Conference Facilities (6 rooms) • Grand Hall (270 pax) • Panorama Hall (150 pax) • Bridge Room (20 pax) • Presidential Lounge (40 pax)
Bled Golf Course
Bled Golf Course has a splendid panorama, its golf courses extending on a plateau above the Sava river with the dramatic backdrop of the Karawanken mountains. It was also the first full 18 hole championship to be built in the former Yugoslav Republic, its history dating back to the thirties.
A new period in tourism development began after WW1 in Bled, when the Yugoslav royal family established their summer residence on the shore of the lake, attracting in their wake the court and the country political elite and diplomatic community during the summer months. Bled hoteliers soon foreseen the necessity of a golf course and building works began in 1930, led by Austrian architect Rudolph von Gelmini. The first nine hole were opened for play in 1937 and the full 18 hole course, first one in Yugoslavia, was completed a year later.
WW II put a stop to the game, but after the war former visitors flew back to the resort, among them Swiss businessman Erich Pfister who invited reputed English architect Donald Harradine - established in Switzerland, to redesigned the course.
• King Course
Rudolph von Gelmini (1937) + Donald Harradine (1972) 18 holes - 6,841 yds - Par 73
Golf World Magazine’s Top 100 Courses Europe 2014
The championship course is regarded as a masterpiece and ranked amongst Europe's bests. It is also a regular stop of the PGA European Ladies Tour and Challenge Tour. The terrain is varied and the design challenging, requiring players to use every single club in the bag. The pleasant southern alpine climate allows for a golf season extending from early spring till late autumn.
Buggies and Caddies available
• Lake Course
Donald Harradine + Gerold & Gunther Hause (1993) 9 holes - 3,332 yds - Par 72
Added to the King’s course in 1993, these nine holes are part of a projected second 18 hole championship course. The increasing demand for the King Course led to the planning of a new course in the 90’s and Donald Harradine was again invited to design the course. It would also be the last course that Harradine planned and the work was finished over by Austrian brothers Gerold and Gunther Hause. Running over a varied terrain, it features three water hazards and is the prefect complement to its sister course to practice the technical aspect of the game.
• Bled PGA Golf Academy
Resident PGA Pros
Clinics, private and group lessons
Driving range (Floodlit - 9 covered tees), Pitch & Putt, Putting greens and Chipping greens
Carniola & Carinthia Golf
• Arboretum GC
(18 holes), 30 km.
The Arboretum Golf Club is one of Slovenia's leading golf venues. The club enjoys a beautiful location in a park like setting on the northern outskirts of Ljubljana, the country's charming capital. The first nine holes were opened in 1998 and the course was extended to a eighteen holes in 2002. The layout extends through the Souvan Park and arboretum gardens, hence its name, with the majestic background of the Kamnik Alps in the distance.
• Wörthersee Lake
(4 x 18-hole courses) Across the border in Austria, 50 km.
Lake Worthersee is the golfing heart of Carinthia, Austria's southernmost region. This famous lake with warm waters extends over twenty kilometres at the foot of the scenic Karawanken Alps, marking the border with Slovenia. On its shores lie no less than four golf courses, all within a maximum of 25 kilometres maximum from each others, namely Karntner Dellach on the southern shore and Worthersee Velden, Austria Worthersee and Schloss Seltenheim on the northern shore. Thanks to the mild, Mediterranean like climate enjoyed in the region, the golf season is larger than in other parts of the country and extends from March to November.
Upper Carniola (Slovene: Gorenjska) is a region of Slovenia, the northern mountainous part of the larger Carniola region. Carnolia was a historical region that comprised parts of what is now Slovenia. A state of the Holy Roman Empire and a duchy in the hereditary posession of the Habsburgs, later part of the Austrian Empire and of Austria-Hungary, the region was a crown land officially known as the Duchy of Carniola until 1918.
Triglav, Slovenia's highest mountain, lies at the heart of the Triglav National Park, an area of high, rocky mountains and deep river gorges, karst chasms and sunny Alpine pastures which offers protection to many endemic animal and plant species and the traditions of the former way of life of rugged mountain-dwellers and Alpine dairy farmers.
On the northern side of the kingdom of Triglav is the Upper Sava Valley. In summer, the popular tourist resort of Kranjska Gora offers a wealth of outdoor recreational activities and sports (hiking, climbing, cycling, horse riding, skydiving, fishing), while in winter it has excellent facilities for various forms of skiing and other winter pleasures (dog sledding, night tobogganing, snowmobile rides). Visitors to Kranjska Gora can also enjoy a casino and a range of wellness programmes, while children will have fun in the land of the fictional hero Kekec.
The area of the Julian Alps is enclosed by two beautiful lakes. The resort town of Bled, with its legendary island in the middle of the lake and its clifftop castle, its hot springs and its pleasant climate, has been attracting cosmopolitan visitors for centuries. Bathing establishments, hotels with swimming pools, footpaths, tennis courts, golf courses, a casino, the sports airfield in Lesce and nearby sights of natural and cultural interest provide plenty more reasons for a visit. Not far from the lake is Blejski Vintgar, the remarkable natural gorge of the river Radovna. Bohinj, with its unspoilt Alpine lake, is popular with visitors not only for its beautiful natural setting and the ski centres of Vogel, Kobla and Soriška Planina, but also for its rich local cultural traditions and numerous cultural and religious monuments.
The most important river in this area is the Sava. At the point where the river begins to be invigorated by tributaries from left and right, the valley gradually widens. Cities and towns with venerable traditions, together with the villages scattered across the high Alps and softly rounded hills, create a land of new experiences not far from the national capital.
The area, within the Julian Alps, is a popular tourist destination. The resort town of Bled is known for the glacial Lake Bled, which makes it a major tourist attraction, its legendary castle-island perched on a rock overlooking the lake and its iconic island with its sanctuary church. After the dissolution of Austria-Hungary in 1918, Bled came under the rule of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and became a summer domicile of the ruling House, a tradition that President Tito continued, when he built his residence here in 1947. The resort lies just a few miles south of the Karawanken range that separates Slovenia from Austria, easily accessible by motorway and a tunnel.
Known by the Romans as Emona, Ljubljana has been the capital of the Austrian Empire's province of Carniola (Kranj) for most of its history, since 1282 until World War I. It then became the capital of Slovenia, within the former republic of Yugoslavia. Since 1992, it is the political, cultural and economic capital of the newly independent state of Slovenia, which joined the European Union in 2004. A city of Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, Ljubljana nestles on the banks of the romantic Ljubljanica River at the foot of its imposing mediaeval Castle. The city is ideally located a the crossroad of the Adriatic Sea and the Alps, a couple of hours drive by motorway from Trieste (Italy), Klagenfurt (Austria) and Zagreb (Croatia).
Address & Contact
Bled Golf Course - Eligo Bled d.o.o
Vrba 37 a
4248 Lesce (Bled)
Sava Hoteli Bled
4260 Bled - Slovenia
Lake Bled, Julian Alps
50 km. NW of Ljubljana + 15 km. S of the Austrian border
Ljubljana Int'l Airport (LJU), 30 km.
Klagenfurt Airport (KLU) Austria, 65 km.
Hotels (All year)
Golf (March through November)
Southern Alpine, with snowy winters and warm summers