Opening for preview play in 2020, and officially to members, residents and guests in 2021, the PGA National Czech Republic course at the Oaks Prague development was designed by American Kyle Phillips.
The development, a short 15-mile drive south-east of the Czech capital, Prague, was constructed on a rolling farmland property described by Kyle Phillips as beautiful.
Noted Phillips to the Golf Course Architecture magazine, “the course has been routed to flow through beautiful Czech countryside and take advantage of the different ‘rooms’ and view aspects that add memorability.”
“The opportunity was not only to create a world-class golf experience, but also to revive and restore the old Nebrenice Chateau and its surrounding landscape and forest areas. Where there were only open farm fields, the golf course design has provided hundreds of thousands of square metres of new nature, including bio corridors, native trees, shrubs and grasses.”
Managed by Troon, the course features a new variety of drought-tolerant turf, blending perennial ryegrass with fescue on the fairways and integrating around two hectares of wild flower meadows and 18 hectares of fescue into the surrounding areas.
Phillips started working on the project back in 2006, when the site was largely abandoned and invader tree species were dominant. The transformation into a professionally managed championship golf course has been stark, with the project achieving GEO Certified status as a leader in environmental and economic sustainability.