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Golfing in Russia

The first 18-hole golf course in Russia was built in 1994 in the Moscow suburb of Nakhabino. For a number of years the golf course was the only one in the country, with keen Russian golfers traveling to resorts in Spain, Portugal, Poland, Finland and China to play the game on world-class courses. In the past decade or so, golf has become more popular as a leisure activity, resulting in the number of golf courses increasing to eighteen, located in eight of Russia's eighty-three regions. Moreover, the Russian Ministry of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy, along with the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, have started to actively promote golf as a sport at school level to children and youths.

Designed by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus and counted among the five best golf courses of Europe, the Tseleevo Golf Polo Club, located in Moscow, is described as an ultra-luxury country club. With an 18-hole course, golf academy and a driving range, Tseleevo is a private golf course with limited membership.

Located near the historic town of Starocherkasskaya in Russia's Rostov Oblast, the Don Golf and Country Club offers a 9-hole golf course, with the development of a second 9-holes currently taking place, all with the goal of blending in with the spectacular terrain the region is known for. A five-star hotel with panoramic views of the picturesque lake and surroundings is planned for the Don Golf and Country Club, with other amenities including tennis courts, a yacht club, horse ranch and a village consisting of family cottages and luxurious villas.

The Dunes Golf and Country Club, situated near St Petersburg, has a 9-hole course as well as a 3-hole short course, driving range, putting green and pitching green. This superbly maintained golf course is open to the public every day of the week, but golfers should note that advance booking is essential.

Russia's very first golf course, Moscow Country Club in Nakhabino, is still going strong since it opened in 1994. Designed by American golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones Jr., the Moscow Country Club hosts the Russian Open and the annual President of Russia Golf Cup. It is open to the public, with advance booking advised.

As golf continues to gain favor as a leisure-time activity and a serious competitor sport, more golf courses are either in the planning stages or under construction, and soon there will be golf courses in or near Togliatti; Babolovsky Park in St Petersburg; Tsarskoe Selo; Kazan; Gatchina; Gelendzhik; Kolomna and Luzhniki in Moscow; Kaliningrad, Uglich and Pervouralsk.


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