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Paul McGinley Opened the Redesigned 9 Holes of St. Sofia Golf Course

21.10.2011 | 11:32

The world-famous golfer and designer Paul McGinley opened the front 9 holes of the golf course at St. Sofia Golf Club & SPA. The Irishman arrived in our country in order to personally make sure that the implementation of the redesign project conforms to the highest European golf standards.
Traditional and classic, pleasant and challenging at the same time - such is the redesigned course in Ravno Pole.
"The design of the course has been completed and in the next year international competitions will be able to be held here. St. Sofia, together with the courses near Pravets and Razlog, create a new Bulgarian golf destination - Sofia destination. I hope that, through these courses, the Bulgarians will understand that golf is not an unaffordable sport, is not too expensive and may be played at any age", stated the President of the Bulgarian Golf Association, Krassimir Guergov.
The Bulgarian lovers of the game have already tested the new challenges of the front 9 holes at St. Sofia Golf Club & SPA. The back 9 ones have been completely grassed and will be officially opened next spring.
"I wanted to create a course that matches a European capital - beautiful and pleasant to play both to members and to professional players", stated the famous golfer. During his brilliant 20-year golf career and experience in design, McGinley collected ideas from all over the world - from Augusta National to Pebble Beach, and re-created them in the redesign of the course near Sofia.
During the walk around the terrain, which McGinley made together with the management of the Bulgarian Golf Association and the contractor company, Golf Balkan, a number of improvements were discussed, as well as the planting of another nearly 2,000 trees.
At his meeting with the Club members, McGinley received congratulations, questions and valuable recommendations. Among those present at the discussion was the Deputy Minister of Sports, Docent Lazar Kamenov.