Pärnu Bay Golf Links – Review and rating

Pärnu Bay Golf Links is the newest course in Estonia, completed in the year 2015. As the name suggests, it is located just outside Pärnu, Estonia's summer capital.

Pärnu Bay Golf Links is an ambitious project that has been in the works on and off for the past ten years. The course designer is the Finnish golf architect Lassi Pekka Tilander, and the financing comes from the Swedish carpet mogul Peter Hunt.

Money is no problem

Right from the start, you get the impression that money hasn't been a limiting factor in the construction of Pärnu Bay Golf Links. It is clear that the level of ambition is high. And when you step out onto the course, that feeling is further reinforced.

Pärnu Bay Golf Links Information
Address Klubi tee 1,  Reiu village, Häädemeeste,  Pärnu, , Estonia (View map)
Phone+372-443-3030
Email[email protected]
Websiteparnubay.com
Total # of holes18

The entire course is built on sand. The terrain along the Gulf of Riga is fairly flat, and the fairways mostly follow the natural levelness with only slight undulations. The greens, however, have been shaped much more aggressively, featuring many undulations and often several different plateaus. Moreover, the greens are in most cases well-guarded by links-style sand bunkers with overhanging grass, known as “beards.”

To be completely accurate, there are actually no bunkers on the course, as all sandy areas are designated as “waste areas.” This means that you’re allowed to ground your club and take practice swings in the “bunkers.” Strictly speaking, you don’t need to rake after yourself either, but it’s, of course, a matter of courtesy to do so.

Easy to reconfigure the course according to weather and wind

Another characteristic of the course is that there’s only one cutting height for the fairways. Therefore, there’s no intermediate height between the fairways and the rough. Many of the holes have fairways with elongated bunkers, waste areas, on one side and rough on the other. The rough is very reminiscent of what you find on links courses, so it’s usually not a problem to locate the ball.

Since all fairways have only one cutting height, the greenkeeper is free to position the tee boxes where it best suits the day. With this flexibility, they can set up the course according to the weather or the players who are going to play the course on that particular day. For instance, if it’s very windy, they can move the tees forward, thus maintaining the pace of play despite challenging conditions. A clever feature indeed.

Pärnu Bay Golf Links (Links Course) Information
Number of holes18
Greenfee, 1 (low) - 5 (high)4
Course AvailabilityOpen to Public
Season 04  - 11
Course Type675
Course DesignerLassi Pekka Tilander
Year Opened2015
Start Interval10 minutes

 

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