Jonathan Gaunt has recently been working on a 100 hectare site located in Vinor, to the north-east of Prague, the beautiful capital of the Czech Republic.
It is in a dynamic and quickly expanding sector of the city and is just 15 km from the famous Wenceslas Square in the centre of Prague. It is easily accessible by car as well as by public transport.
The Sekyra Golf Resort, at an altitude of 265 metres, is in a gently undulating rural landscape with long ranging views of the surrounding Bohemian countryside.
The two neighbouring magnificent castles – Vinor Castle and Ctenice Castle – and their landscaped parks will be within view of the clubhouse.
The project, which is being undertaken for VINORSKA SPOL, s.r.o., comprises 27 holes – each of the three 9-hole circuits measures in excess of 3490 metres, with a par of 36, and a minimum of 5 teeing areas per hole, allowing the shortest circuit to play a length of about 2750 metres.
The course will be built to a very high standard – suitable for championship golf with large greens and extensive lake features, strategically placed bunkers, grassy hollows and mounding.
An interesting historical feature is that there are two small chapels within the main playing areas of the golf course – they used to be part of the mediaeval religious route from Prague to Brandys and Labem. Both will be renovated prior to the course opening for play.
Of more contemporary interest is that Prague is putting forward a bid to host the Summer Olympic Games in 2016 or 2020.
The most important sports facilities are to be built in Letnany which is just 3 kms from the Sekyra Golf Resort.
Construction work is to commence in September 2008.
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