ESTONIA LDET Championship: 2nd May
Welcome to ESTONIAN GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB: At Manniva, just along the Baltic coast from Tallinn, the 27-hole modern golf complex at the Estonian Golf & Country Club is recognized as one of the best in Eastern Europe and it has been attracting a growing number of golfers to its fairways since it first opened in 2005.
One of only eight accredited PGA Tour venues in Europe, the Estonian’s 18-hole Sea course and 9-hole Stone layout were created by Finnish designer Lassi-Pekka Tilander on a site of historical significance where a number of archaeological artifacts – including arrow heads, coins and pottery – were found during construction.
Situated on the delta of the Jägala River, the Sea course is routed over three distinct types of terrain: parkland, heathland and links. Water hazards feature at several holes, most effectively at the signature par four 13th where the tee shot must avoid a rather prominent lake on the right as the fairway doglegs to the green.
The 182-yard par three 17th hole was upgraded in 2011 when the large water hazard in front of the green was replaced with an area of sandy scrubland, enhancing the aesthetics of the hole with
boulders, native shrubs and a striking water feature that runs through the middle. The scrubland – as with similar areas between the 482-yard par five 6th and 408-yard par four 7th holes – is not
deemed a hazard therefore golfers can ground their club before playing from the sand.
Estonia Golf Club: www.egcc.ee