Fancy a round of golf at the the fabulous new Pirin Golf And Country Club ?
But before I go on to a neat way of getting a round in at this members only club, take a look at the incredible new club house. I took a look in early April — with snow on the course.
The Club House
The effort that has gone into designing the Club house has been worth it. It really has a great feel. Loads of light comes in and the dining room must now rank as the most impressive in the Razlog valley. At the moment the journey to the Club is somewhat circular but takes 10 minutes from Bansko centre.
Lots of wood and an open beam roof dominate. A library room creates a club house atmosphere without feeling too themed.
However, its the views that impress from the spacious terrace. This is a world class club house, and there is no doubt that, in years to come, major tournaments will be held here. An 18 hole Ian Woosnam championship course and a second 18 hole course complete the picture.
The long drive to the club house, from the high security entrance, reveals the various “village” areas. Whilst construction still continues its now beginning to feel complete in some parts. Architectually it seem a bit random at times: some of it look really good – other parts look a little out of place.
Probably a matter of taste. Once its all completed my bet it will all look better.
I have not had the chance to play the course yet — BUT here is the latest news… Membership costs 3,000 Euros per annum.
Not cheap! But there is a refusal to offer pay and play yet. So don’t just turn up expecting to play. Perhaps another year of minimal income may well change their view on this policy. I hope so.
So the target market would seem to be the many wealthy Bulgarians, who associate golf with wealth, and luxury. Most do not yet play the game! So I suspect the main attraction will be being seen in the hotel, spa and club house. It is a fabulous setting.
Alternatively, you can buy a property on the course and receive “free” membership. Deals to buy are, I am sure, available.
Golf Tournament: Pirin Monthly Series
Thanks to Johnny Sutton, at Bansko Tourist Information for the info. Monthly tournaments as follows:
Pirin Monthly series golfing competition that is to be run throughout this summer at the Pirin Golf course in Bansko.
This competition is an open competition that does not require club membership.
The competition is to be held each month from May â€“ Oct. The scoring system is accredited to league standings and will carry through month by month culminating in the prizes being awarded after the final round in October.
If you wish to participate, please email your application form to: firstname.lastname@example.org by close of play on 21st May.
Costs Of Tournament
On May 23rd at Pirin Golf & Country Club will be the first tournament of the Pirin Monthly Series.
This will be a series of tournaments each month until October.
The rounds of the Series will be on the following dates:
- May 23rd
- June 7th
- July 26th
- August 30th
- September 18th
- October 11th
The format of the Tournament: 18-holes Individual Stableford with separate evaluation of each round and total evaluation for the whole series.
The Series ranking will be with points distributed among the first ten players in the Net Stableford ranking of each round as follows:
1st place: 60 pts.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 6th place: 15 points
2nd place: 45 pts.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 7th place: 9 pts.
3rd place: 35 pts.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 8th place: 5 pts.
4th place: 28 pts.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 9th place: 3 pts.
5th place: 21 pts.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 10th place: 1 pt.
Winner is the player with highest score from all rounds.
If you play a round at Pirin Golf, then do report back how on your experiences. There is no doubt the staff will be finding their way.
A word of warning. The Club House bar and restaurant prices are very high for Bulgaria — but probably justify the surroundings. And I did not try the restaurant. So more reports please! Expect to pay 30 euros per head upwards for a meal there.
A big minus I have fed back to the manager is that there is none of my favourite Shumensko beer on sale. Nor a Zagorka! On the upside the wine list is a good one. Click here for article containing info on wine and beer in Bulgaria:Â http://banskoblog.com/bulgarian-wine-beer-best/
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