Home » Latest » Croatia’s Ambitious Golf Plan – 30 Courses In 7 Years

Croatia’s Ambitious Golf Plan – 30 Courses In 7 Years

Croatia plans to invest more than 210 million euro into developing golf courses in the country over the next 7 years. Croatia only has to look at Turkey to see how from zero one can turn into a serious golf destination.

In 1994 the tourist town of Belek did not have one single golf course, today it is considered one of the most popular golf destinations in the world, with 16 luxury golf courses in a 30km radius and plans to build 4 more by next year. Belek even attracted the great Tiger Woods together with the 7 of the world’s best golfers to play in a tournament there.

The Croatian government realise how lucrative golf “tourism” can be and the Ministry of Tourism have a strategy till 2020 which will see them build 30 recreational golf courses in that time.

Golf is big business and Croatia need to develop tourism which is more than just sun and sea. According to recent research a golf-tourist spends on average 1,300 euros in a week at a destination, in Ireland though they are spending up to three times the average, 155,000 golfers bring in around 204 million euros profit to Ireland.

“The average golfer goes away on holiday for 7 days. In that period they want to play 6 games. They want to try at least 3 different courses and maybe even 6 which are within an hours drive of each other. On top of that they are spending on accommodation, food, and they will recommend the place to friends. That is how we need to attract those kind of tourists,” said PGA professional Miro Raic to Jutarnji list.

There are more than 32,000 golf courses in the world, Germany has 600, Austria 190 and Croatia’s neighbours Slovenia has 7 18-hole and 7-9 hole courses. Croatia’s Mediterranean tourism rivals Spain has 352 golf courses and Portugal has 86.

Share on:
0 / 5 (0 votes)

Sign up to receive the Croatia Week Newsletter

Related Posts

Dalmatian Coast Among 10 Clearest Bodies of Water in the World

Croatia’s Adriatic Sea has been included among the 10 clearest bodies of water in the world. This week leading lifestyle magazine HouseBeautiful named Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast on its list of the 10 Clearest Bodies of Water in the Entire World. It is no secret that Croatia’s Adriatic sea is among the clearest and cleanest in...

[PHOTOS] Burolina: A New Natural Instrument Attraction for Makarska

The architect who created the sea organ in the Dalmatian city of Zadar is to create another natural instrument on the coast. Architect Nikola Bašić, who designed Zadar’s sea organ, which plays music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps, is to create Burolina in the town...

Korčula’s Famous Moreška Dance Goes Rock

The project “LIVE GROW FLOURISH” continues on the 8th of July at 21h in Korcula with a concert and a dance spectacle combining tradition and contemporary – “Moreška & Rolin Humes”. At this unique event, in front of an abandoned thermal power station next to the ferry port Dominče, the people of Korčula and their...

Croatia Ranks High on Latest Passport Power Index

The latest Arton Capital’s Passport Index has Croatia ranked in 15th equal place on the power rank index as to which countries can be accessed on their passport. The Croatian passport, which can access 143 countries without the need of obtaining a visa, is ranked 15th, equal with Argentina, Romania, and Bulgaria. The global financial...

[PHOTOS] Recipe: Ćevapi

  Ćevapčići, or Ćevapi, are definitely the most barbecued of all the meats in Croatia. Ćevapčići could almost be considered an adopted national dish. It is almost impossible to go to a BBQ in Croatia without ćevapčići being sizzled up. There are a number of different recipes and everyone has their own secrets.  Here is...

Croatia Squad for Upcoming World Cup Qualifiers Announced

Croatia coach Ante Čačić has named his 23-man squad for upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers on Monday. Croatia will meet Kosovo at Maksimir stadium in Zagreb on 2 September 2017, before travelling to Turkey three days later. Čačić announced his squad today who will gather in Zagreb on 28 August 2017. The squad features...