Lesce, Upper Carniola 4248
Original nine-hole course laid out in 1937. Redesigned and extended to 18-holes by Donald Harradine (1972); extensively reworked by Howard Swan of Swan Golf Designs (2017).
Above distances are for the King's course. Also at Royal Bled is the nine-hole Lake course (par-36; 3047 m from back tees).
2.5 km NW of Lesce / 52 km NW of Ljubljana.
Royal Bled Golf Course is the oldest course and No.1 rated layout in Slovenia. Surrounded by the dramatic and immensely scenic mountains and sweeping valleys of the Julian Alps, the 18-hole championship King's course, is complemented by the nine-hole Lake course.
Laid out in quiet woodland and rural countryside, close to but not directly alongside the River Sava, the King's Course definitely exudes a regal air. This very enjoyable and challenging layout, at times pleasantly tree-lined, at others more open, is always presented in excellent condition ... with wonderful scenery to match.
Stay & Play at Royal Bled: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum permitted handicap (King's course): men 28, women 36. Proof of handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
In the early-1920s, the then Yugoslav King Aleksander Karađorđević chose Bled as his summer residence, attracting wealthy guests, nobility and royalty from across Europe. The first round of golf was officially played at Bled in 1937 after completion of a nine-hole course, marking the birth of golf in Slovenia.
The golf club is one of very few outside the Commonwealth of Nations (formerly British Commonwealth) to have received its "Royal" prefix at the prerogative of a British monarch. These non-Commonwealth "royals" include: Curragh (Ireland), Dublin (Ireland), Homburger (Germany), Mariánské Lázně (Czech) and Bled (Slovenia).
The Royal title was conferred on Bled by Queen Elizabeth II, recognising the club's strong historic connections with British royalty, and especially visits made by the Duke of Kent.
2019 Golf World rating: 35th best course and 91st best Stay&Play golf resort in continental Europe.
2020 Golf Digest rating: No.1 course in Slovenia.
Vrba 37a, 4248 Lesce, Slovenia.
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Following an extensive renovation, the King’s House once again exudes its original grandeur and refined interiors. Open fires and comfortable furniture create a cosy atmosphere, allowing guests to linger, relax and enjoy Royal Bled's natural surroundings. Located close to the Sava River and the Austrian-Slovenian border.
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