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On course in the Balkans

8.30am 2nd June 2003 - Courses

Swan Golf Designs, international golf course architects, have secured their first design commission in Slovenia.

They are designing the country’s eighth golf course at Otocec, some one hour south of the capital city, in cooperation with their Slovenian partner Pro Loco d.o.o, who are based in Ljubljana.

The development, which includes the refurbishment of an old castle to a new hotel, features a 6300 metre par 72 18 holes resort course, together with comprehensive practice and tuition facilities – range, golf Academy.

The client is Krka, one of Slovenia’s major commercial enterprises with interests in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and hotels/tourism.

Working on the project are SGD’s Ljubica Jovetic, a Croatian who recently became the first woman to gain Associate status in the European Institute of Golf Course Architects, and Pro Loco’s Peter Skofic, one of Slovenia’s leading landscape architects.

Construction on this wooded and very beautiful site is likely to be in three phases, commencing with the range and golf academy in Summer 2003, followed by woodland clearance and construction of the 18 holes next year.

“Central Europe has a wonderful potential for golf and golf development,” said Ljubica Jovetic. “We are happy to be working with our partner in Slovenia at Otocec. It is destined to become the best new course in the country”.

Swan Golf Designs Ltd www.swangolfdesigns.com

Pro Loco d.o.o. www.proloco.si

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