Have you ever in your golfing career played in the company of deer, mouflons, rabbits and peacocks? Have you ever putted on sandy greens? If you wish to have a completely new golf-playing experience, your next destination should be the Brijuni golf course! On the Brijuni Islands, golf has been played on a unique golf course since 1922, which then bore the flattering title of one of the largest and, naturally, most beautiful golf courses of the time.
The course was redesigned four times in the 1923 – 1939 period. The biggest changes to the layout were noticed in the 1933 redesign. The task was entrusted to Tom Simpson and George Thomas, the most well-known golf architects in the world at the time. So we can say that these changes, headed by the leaders in the “golden age” of golf architecture, were the most significant in the entire history of the Brijuni course. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the construction of a golf course on Veliki Brijun. The construction of the golf course on Brijuni was finished in late 1922, and the first tournament was held on 21 March 1923. The course was claimed to be one of the biggest in Europe. More recent information suggests that the Brijuni course might have been the first golf resort in the world. The course certainly stood out, not only because of its climate and position (Mediterranean destination in “Mitteleuropa”), but also because of its good reputation. Namely, although European championships were never played here, if you were to read the newspapers and journals of the time, you would have got the sense that the course was exceptionally well-known and recognised, both among golf champions and the upper classes. In addition to world-class golfers, the course was frequented by members of the European aristocracy, the most renowned industrialists and artists. Up to 50 tournaments a year would take place on the course of Brijuni, and the trophies for the best players were finally presented at the New Year's Eve ball and gala dinner.
The course was redesigned four times in the 1923 – 1939 period. The biggest changes to the layout were noticed in the 1933 redesign. The task was entrusted to Tom Simpson and George Thomas, the most well-known golf architects in the world at the time. So we can say that these changes, headed by the leaders in the “golden age” of golf architecture, were the most significant in the entire history of the Brijuni course.
The first phase of reconstruction of the old course took place in 1991, when a group of students from the Faculty of Physical Culture in Zagreb, in collaboration with experts from Brijuni National Park, rebuilt nine holes of the old course. Referring to old drawings, they reconstructed nine holes in total. After almost 50 years, golf returned to Brijuni. The Brijuni course has since then been attracting more and more lovers of the sport. Up to a dozen tournaments take place every year. As more and more national and international golfers register each year, all 18 holes, as well as the club house, underwent reconstruction in 2007.
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In the peace and quiet of the north-eastern part of the island, there are 18 holes (PAR 71, SSS 71), i.e. it is 5,492 m long (length for ladies: 4,937 m). The golf course is accessible to all players, from recreational players to more experienced ones, as well as to professionals. Fairways are wide and can take different mistakes in the game. As for obstacles on the golf course, there are sand traps (bunkers) and bushes, as well as individual trees and water barriers.
The unique atmosphere is definitely what most attracts golfers to the Brijuni course. On this course, you can experience the magic of the game surrounded by intact nature. This eco-friendly golf course is quite impressive to visitors – no pesticides are used, and the grass is not watered, so how green the course is depends on the weather conditions. The feeling you will experience while playing golf on the Brijuni Islands is indescribable, and once you finish the game, you will be overwhelmed by peace and tranquillity. The Brijuni course can offer everything that a golfer may require from a golf course: game strategy, all kinds of clubs and swings, challenges, and most importantly entertainment and relaxation.
Tickets (green fee) for the golf course can be purchased at the branch office for excursion tourism in Fažana. You can reach the island of Veliki Brijun by boat from the Fažana Port. In the very centre of the port of Brijuni, there is an info point where you can get additional instructions. If you wish, you can rent an electric car at the sports department or continue on foot on the road behind the Karmen Hotel. Continue following the road by the sea, and you will reach a bridge. One you cross it, you will reach your destination. On your right, you will see a golf house with a bar, reception desk and cloakroom. The starting positions for the first hole are also in the immediate vicinity.
Unlike most golf courses in Europe, playing on our course is possible all year round. Regardless of when you decide to visit, you will always be able to enjoy pleasant temperatures, which rarely drop below zero in January. During winter, there is sometimes a cold wind called bora, but this will not affect the quality of your game. Depending on the amount of rain in summer, the grass sometimes turns yellow, but the local rule that the ball can be moved allows you to still play without any problems. Regardless of the season, the Brijuni golf course will always be able to offer you peace and quiet.
Equipment can be rented at the Golf House, which is also where all information you may require can be obtained. Rental equipment includes golf club sets (right, left and women’s sets) with a bag, a bag trolley and practice balls.
From the very beginning, the Brijuni golf course has been recognized and distinguished in the world of sports for its uniqueness, so when you step on the first tee, forget your HDCP and the result you have to achieve – just relax and enjoy the magical lay-out that made the nobility from all over Europe fall in love hundreds of years ago.
Play golf on the Brijuni Islands and experience the unique feeling of absolute relaxation from everyday stress.