BlackSeaRama Golf & Villa Resort, Bulgaria

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BlackSeaRama is a magnificent coastal resort with a Gary Player-designed course that, as a comprehensive package, fits ideally into the current Bulgarian philosophy of creating facilities of the very highest quality both for an escalating tourist industry and for the growing indigenous golfing population.

Their PGAs of Europe-endorsed Pro-Am, only a few weeks away in mid-July, offers an unprecedented opportunity for golfers of all descriptions, and holidaymakers in general, to savour what this excellent resort has to offer including its luxurious hotel and range of facilities.

Among its scenic attraction are endless seascapes from the height of 200 metres towards the magnificent bay between Cape Kaliakra to Cape Galata of the Black Sea as a backdrop to the first 18-hole Championship course created in Bulgaria, where facilities will flourish in the future.

A par 72, 6648 metres in length at its full stretch, it is the first to be completed by Gary Player in Europe and, typical of the man and his love of golf alongside a perfectionist atttiude, he took a very close personal interest in its development

Director of Golf at BlackSeaRama is Neil Turley, chairman of the PGA of Bulgaria, and a pioneering pro when he first moved there some ten years ago, has confessed since that one of his most memorable moments in golf was when his receptionist rang him to say: “There’s a Mr Player here who wishes to play the course with you…”

This unforgettable destination is situated a mere 40 minutes from Varna International Airport and is close to three of the most popular seaside resorts in Bulgaria, namely St Constantine and Elna, Golden Sands, and Albena with their seemingly never-ending stretches of sandy beaches.

For those interested in historical backgrounds BlackSeaRama teems with such culture with remains to be found from seven previous civilisations and this theme is reflected in the locations ambience including Tuscany architecture and the vineyards planted around the extremities of the site.

The Gary Player golf course – as demanding and varied a challenge as one would expect of the legendary South African master golfer – incorporates four man-made lakes one of which is stocked with a wide variety of fish to provide sport for the angler…and possible heartache for the golfer

The golf course is, as one would expect bearing in mind the virtual clifftop location, often wind-affected thereby adding to the intriguing questions already posed by the designer in terms of club selection and the built-in ‘risk and reward’ elements.

BlackSeaRama is a name that guarantees its place as a Bulgarian gem as the nation’s golfing reputation gradually takes shape and grows.

Website – www.blacksearama.com

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