Royal Bled – The Lakes Course
The King‘s Course in Bled, Slovenia is an absolute delight. Like a 10-star hotel‘s deluxe rooms. But, you might ask, what about its little brother? Well, for this great nine-hole course, let me say this: it ain‘t half bad!
Pretty much every club around my home town would be proud to have an extra nine hole stretch like this baby. The Lake’s course sports the same panoramic views as the King‘s and differentiates itself mainly with its smaller greens and by offering only two tee boxes per hole. People who love big drops and ascents are going to love this rollercoaster with lots of shots from above, down onto the greens or blind shots to carry little hills. You won‘t get any of those shots on the King‘s Course.
Quality-wise the Lake’s Course is obviously top notch aswell. Anything with Steve Chappell as Head Greenkeeper is always going to be an agronomy masterclass. The greens are super fast and the fairways are gorgeous, and that’s not only because of the funky, classy, checked pattern cut. There are a few well-integrated and well-maintained bunkers too which add to the fun. But, every course should have that one thing you always remember, right?!
That‘s why my so-called goodsundays.com signature hole is the Lake’s Course‘s No. 9. A majestic, elevated tee box looking down onto a narrow fairway. On top of that it‘s a dogleg to the right.
If you manage to hit the fairway, you‘re still gonna have to come up with two more well considered shots, since attacking this par five in two is not really an option with all the water down by the green.
Trust me, a par is a solid score on this beast.
The little brother of the King’s, but the Lake’s only adds to this wonderful golf destination. 27 holes, 27 reasons to come to Bled. And here are some more numbers for the Lake’s Course: