Developing Golf in RomaniaTo be able to realise its potential it is vital that golf, and golf courses, in Romania, are developed sensibly, and in a way that encourages golf participation by the resident population, and the wider European golf market.
So what does this mean in reality?
What it means is that there needs to be a mix of golf facilities that will encourage and develop the game of golf for the Romanian people, and progressively allow Romania to develop as a golf tourism destination of the future.
The type of facilities needed to meet these two separate criteria are not the same. In the 'ideal world' the relevant governmental authorities [ie sports and tourism] should co-operate with the golf associations and private businesses and, in conjunction with international specialists, determine a national strategy to develop the game of golf, and the business of golf in Romania.
In terms of facilities it means that Romania needs a number of low-cost, easy access, golf facilities that will encourage people to try golf. These should be developed in and around the main urban centres such as Bucharest and other large cities and towns that have a large enough resident population from which the golf facility can attract golf players.
Golf tourists, who are generally more experienced players, require clusters of good quality courses. These do not have to be so-called championship courses, or courses designed and built by 'celebrity' designers. This group requires courses that will offer them enjoyment, value for money, and a worthwhile holiday experience.
So far there is no golf cluster that exists in Romania, but there are also no low-cost, easy access golf facilities.
This really needs to be addressed first, so that Romania can generate a local demand that will sustain golf facilities on a year-round basis, and counter the fluctuations that can exist in golf tourism for a variety of reasons.
The map illustrates what RJGD considers to be appropriate locations for the development of golf facilities developed for the benefit of the resident population, and areas that could be developed to provide 'clusters' of golf facilities that can attract international golf tourists.
Roger Jones Golf Design in RomaniaRoger Jones provides golf course design and golf advisory services to golf developers, golf investors and golf projects in Romania. He was recently a speaker at a hotels, hospitality, leisure and tourism conference in Bucharest, Romania, and can see and hear that there is a growing apetite for golf, and the development of new golf facilities that can complement hotels and other leisure and tourism facilities.
Roger Jones has established a network of respected friends and associates in the golf, hotels, hospitality, leisure, real estate and associated industries, all of whom are professional, and keen to see the industry develop and grow.
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