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The Course Architect

This was the First 18 Hole Golf Course in Bucharest to open for play. Designed by Jeff Howes, the course was created to make the most of the existing lakes and rolling landscape. From the Moment the Golfer approaches the Reception they are met with spectacular views of the course and the lakes. The course is over 6,000 meters long and is a challenging par 70. There are four different Tee Positions to both cater for the better golfer and the beginner. The wide fairways and generous greens make the course fun for all levels. There is a full Driving range and Practice Area at the center of the property , recognising the importance of developing Golf in Romania

Jeff Howes, a native of Canada was an accomplished collegiate golfer.

His experience in working with five different architects, most notably Jack Nicklaus led him to establish Jeff Howes Golf Design in 1991.
Along with his knowledge of greenkeeping and construction he also holds degree in Physical Geography and a diploma in Turfgrass management.

Jeff is a member of EIGCA (The European Institute of Golf Course
Architects) and a member of Royal Dublin GC, Dingle Golf Links, Bunclody GFC, and  The Heritage G&CC.

Bunclody Golf & Fishing Club - Designed by Jeff Howes

Located adjacent to Bunclody town centre, this magnificent 7,000 yard, Par 72 course, is consistently ranked among the top 20 Parkland Courses in Ireland

Farnham Estate Golf Club

Farnham Estate Golf Club is a stunning 18 hole, 6,900 yds, Par 72 Parkland course spread over 500 acres of rolling Cavan countryside and woodland.

Foto Island Golf Resort

This is a 27 hole golf resort which hosted the Murphy’s Irish Open won by Colin Montgomerie & Soren Hansen in 2001 & 2002 respectively

Linsberg Golf, Austria

2018 saw the opening of the new 18 holes in Lanzenkirchen, Austria. The course has three distinct style of holes throughout. Lake holes, tree lined holes and links style holes. The members love the variation

Golf Club Foehrenwald, Austria

As well as adding 5 new holes to Golf Club Fohrenwald, the entire course was redesigned and rerouted. The bunkers on Hole 4 have been named after Jeff Howes, Jeff’s Trap

Head Green Keeper- Mircea Lamaie

Mircea Lamaie is a native of Romania but prior to joining Bucharest Golf Club he work for nearly 10 years with Benedetti Golf International. Benedetti is known throughout the world and their name is synonymous with quality having delivered over one hundred succesful golf course construction projects.

Mircea was intimately involved in the construction of our Golf Course and worked closely with Jeff Howes, our architect, with Sylvain Duval, our agronomist and with Giles Wardle, our irrigation consultant. He literally knows every blade of grass and knows where every one of our 1,200 sprinklers are located – afterall he put them there. He worked abroad for a short periods after we finished construction and before opening in 21 but we were delighted that he re-joined our team as head green keeper in 2021.

Secret Valley Golf Course, Cyprus

Between 2011 and 2013 Mircea worked on the construction and was assistant green keeper on this magnificent course in Cyprus. Secret Valley Golf Resort is a highly prestigious golf course located by “Petra tou Romiou”, the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of love.

Exclusiv Golf de Deva, New Caledonia

Between 2013 and 2018 Mircea worked on the construction of this couse and then took up the role of assisant green keeper followed by green keeper. The sea-side Exclusiv Golf Déva New Caldonia was designed by the American golf architecture firm, which ranks among the most famous in the world, the firm DYE DESIGNS GROUP.

Golf de Joyenval, France

Between 2018 and 2020 Mircea worked on the renovation and repair of the two golf courses located in the beautiful Chambourcy, France. The two course at this location are a mecca for golf in France. 

“Une Architecture célébrée dans le Monde Entier”

…it’s a good bet that this course will emerge as a strong contender for the national #1 spot in the fullness of time.

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Sand Capped Fairways

All holes and driving range are fully sand capped with USGA certified sand. The sand was sourced locally reducing the impact on the environment.

USGA standard Greens and Tees

All our Greens and Tees including the two practice greens were constructed to the exacting standards set by the USGA. This included rigorous testing of the sand used.  

Toro Irrigation system

The irrigation system was designed professionally by Giles Wardle CEng BSc MSc MIAgrE, of UK based irrigation specialist company Irriplan

The water is naturally supplied and stored in two large purpose-built reservoirs which also provide a spectacular water feature either side of the 10th green. Every opportunity has been taken to preserve nature on the whole estate.

Bunkers

The irrigation system was designed professionally by Giles Wardle CEng BSc MSc MIAgrE, of UK based irrigation specialist company Irriplan

The water is naturally supplied and stored in two large purpose-built reservoirs which also provide a spectacular water feature either side of the 10th green. Every opportunity has been taken to preserve nature on the whole estate.

World Class Irrigation system

The irrigation system was designed professionally by Giles Wardle CEng BSc MSc MIAgrE, of UK based irrigation specialist company Irriplan

The water is naturally supplied and stored in two large purpose-built reservoirs which also provide a spectacular water feature either side of the 10th green. Every opportunity has been taken to preserve nature on the whole estate.

Hole 1 - 389 meter par 4

This slight dogleg left opening hole isn’t going to be one of the toughest holes on the course, nor would you want it to be.  It will be important to hit the fairway off the tee to get to this green in two shots.  The green side trap is deep and will not be an easy up and down. If you are going to miss this green, miss it left.

Hole 2 - 510 meter par 5

Off the tee you’ll want to hit the left side of the fairway to see what lies ahead for your second shot and avoid the fairway trap.

Only the very big hitters will reach this green in two.  A decision is required for the second shot, do you lay up short of the two approach traps or try and navigate the traps for an shorter pitch.

If the pin is on the left side of the green you would be wise to carry the left approach trap with your second, or third, shot.

Hole 3 - 157 meter par 3

Don’t let the beautiful backdrop of this the shortest of the par 3’s, distract you.  The green is shallow so club selection will be important from the elevated tee.  Up and down will be difficult particularly if you miss the green on the opposite side of where the pin is.

Hole 4 - 333 meter par 4

This is the first hole running along the main lake. Many will be tempted to drive this short risk and reward par four.  Out of bounds left will cause many to hit their tee shot right.  Anything right will make it very tough to make birdie as you will be left with a very awkward pitch to the narrow green. An approach shot from the left side of the fairway is the best way to tackle this green.

Hole 5 - 295 meter par 4

Another short par 4 where a decision is required at the tee.  Going for it off the tee means taking on the extremely deep bunkers.  If you decide to lay up short of the traps you need to decide how far back to lay up.  Playing close to the traps will leave you a shorter shot but it will be blind to the elevated green.  Laying up further back from the traps will give you visibility to the well protected green.

Hole 6 - 403 meter par 4

A long straight away par 4.  Key word here is “straight”  hit it straight and you’ll have no trouble avoiding trouble on this hole.  The putting surface has many subtleties which will make it hard to read

Hole 7 - 207 Meter par 3

The elevated tees help with this the longest of the par 3’s.  Block the water left of the green out of your mind and you will have no trouble hitting the large green.  The easiest up and down will be from the approach short and right.

Hole 8 - 359 meter par 4

The small green at the end of this uphill twisted fairway is angled to reward the tee shot which finishes on the flat area of left side of the fairway. An approach from anywhere else will require precision shot making from an awkward lie.

Hole 9 - 373 meter par 4

Taking on the water on the right with the downhill tee shot will be the best way to attack the flag to the elevated green.  Bail out left with the tee shot brings the left greenside trap more into play.  Anything short of the green is likely to roll back towards you 15 to 20 metres.

Hole 10 - 393 meter par 4

This visually stunning golf hole is all there for you to see from the tee.  Get it past the fairway traps on the right and you will gain another 30 to 40 metres using the slope of the fairway.  Be aware with your second shot, the approach trap will fool you into thinking the green is closer that it is.

Hole 11 - 454 meter par 5

The 11th is a gorgeous short par 5 which runs atop a ridge which has Snagov lake to the left and Snagov swamp to the right.  A long draw off the tee will give you the best angle to go for the green in two if you dare as it is a very severe penalty for any mishit shot.  The green is perched on the narrow part of the ridge so even your third, or fourth shot demands pinpoint accuracy.

Hole 12 - 172 meter par 3

A fantastic par 3 with sand and water left.  You might get a lucky bounce if you bail out right but don’t count on it.  Any ball staying up right will be a tricky up and down.

Hole 13 - 475 meter par 5

The last of the par fives is long with an uphill tee shot.  Once your tee shot reaches the plateau, ideally on the elevated right side of the fairway, it’s a relatively flat run in to the green.  Avoiding the approach bunker will be paramount for any hope of making par.  Going left with your second will make your 3rd shot shorter but will require you to negotiate the greenside trap.

Hole 14 - 163 meter par 3

A mid iron will be required to hit this elevated par 3 green.  If you miss this green you may prefer to be in the only bunker which guards the green.  Trying to save par from the deep valley to the right of the green will not be easy.

Hole 15 - 344 meter par 4

The shortest par 4 on the back nine will frustrate many golfers.  It’s a simple looking hole but if your tee shot does not find the middle of the fairway it will be extremely hard to find the narrow putting surface.  Anything left or right of the elevated green will  be repelled towards the trees.

Hole 16 - 408 meter par 4

A marvellous par 4 with an uphill tee shot and a downhill second shot.  The more you risk hugging the inside of the dogleg the shorter the hole will play.  Once again you are playing to a green which has no easy place to miss.  It has a deep trap left and steep slope to the right.  Very important not to short side yourself on this green.

Hole 17 - 183 meter par 3

The last par 3 is slightly uphill therefore will play a little longer than what the card says. A putting surface with lots of movement, grassy hollows to the left and traps to the right make this penultimate hole a real challenge.

Hole 18 - 408 meter par 4

The key to this tee shot at the last is to drive it as far as you can and get as close to the water as you dare.  Going down the left side will give you a better angle to attack a back right pin placement.  Traps left and right protect this large deceptive green.  Anything long and right will be in the wetlands.

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The Numbers

  • 500.000 cubic meters of cut and fill earthworks creating unique strategic changes in elevation on each hole
  • 11.000m² of Creeping Bent Greens built to USGA specifications
  • 12.000m² of Creeping Bent Tees
  • 25.5 hectares of low-cut sand capped grass
  • 40.000 linear meters of gravel trenches and perforated pipes
  • 100.000 tonnes of sand
  • 1.130 Toro infinity sprinkler heads
  • 6.000m² of strategically placed capillary concrete lined bunkers
  • 43.000m² of water hazard
  • 10.000 cubic meters of irrigation ponds

A Heaven for Wildlife

Our course is a mature wildlife habitat with over 30 species of birds

With 500 mature and newly planted trees

 

Practice Areas

The Range

We have a centrally located 320-meter Driving Range with 25 outdoor bays and 4 indoor bays. The range is less than a 5-minute walk to the car park, the first tees and the club house, making it ideal for a warm-up before heading out on the course. It is open to the Public to anyone who simply wants to try golf. There is a large area for hitting of fairway grass, which simulates the course. We also have 25 outdoor mats for beginners and for inclement weather. We have a self-service ball dispenser that is constantly working dispensing a bucket of balls for only 12 Lei. 

The range has many target greens at different distances and is shaped in an undulating manner to simulate the conditions on the course. It rises gradually from the tees giving the player the perfect perspective for every shot.

The Range is the ideal place to start your golfing journey. We are very welcoming to people taking up the game and we will help you improve quickly. For better players it is a relaxing area to hone your skills with your short Irons and your Driver. 

Short Game Area 

The short game is where players can improve the most and we have the perfect place to practice.

The purpose-built short game green allow you simulate chipping, lob shots, chip and run shots, and greenside bunker shots that you will use on the course. There is a large practice bunker with the same sand as we have in the course bunkers. All areas are maintained to the highest standards, and reflective of the greens you will find on our courses

 

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Bucharest Golf Club

Str. Stefan Street, TANCABESTI, Ilfov, Snagov Bucharest, 077167

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+40 728 721 743

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