Experts: Bulgaria Will Be World Class Golf Destination in 7 Years

2009-07-29

Bulgaria has the potential and will become a world class golf destination in seven to ten years. However, in order for this to be achieved both the business and the government must collaborate, experts who wished to remain anonymous told . According to them, some Bulgarian golf courses comply with all European standards, and can host professional tournaments. This cannot happen, though, until golf's popularity grows in the country, and a professional Bulgarian golf players does not start playing. "We have the place, we have everything, we just don't have the people. There are already too many golf courses for the people in the country", representatives of the business said. Bulgaria does not yet have a golfing tradition or any famous player but is following in the footsteps of countries like Portugal, Dubai, and Thailand which have developed into successful golf holiday destinations in the past two decades. In other countries, and other golf courses, you generate 50 000 rounds of golf a year; in Bulgaria - 5-8 000 rounds a year. And that's including all foreigners, and all members. Under these conditions there is no way you can generate income from the game of golf, business representatives told . Nevertheless, Bulgaria is steadily moving forward, and it is fully potential to become a respected world class golf destination, they said.