Lipiny Golf Resort Is Entering
Its Tenth Season
23,000 golfers: that is the result of last season at the Karviná resort, surrounded
by the poppet-heads of ČSM, Darkov and ČSA mines. The Golf Resort Lipiny team do not waste
time and are preparing their programme for their tenth anniversary season.
Could you please summarize last year, for
starters. What happened at Lipiny and
what, on the other hand, didn‘t go well?
The 2020 season was undoubtedly strange
for all of us. Years ago it was unimaginable
to play in face masks, not to be able to
shake hands before and after the game,
to have the usage of toilets or changing
rooms forbidden and to have the restaurant
closed. We want to thank all of our
visitors that they obeyed all directions and
restrictions as they came. We are grateful
that the disease was not found in any of the
Lipiny Golf Resort employees.
Luckily, golf was classified as one of the less
risky sports from the start, so we could start
our “summer holes” season on 9 April.
Although there were restrictions--for several
months it was possible to play only in flights
of two and entry to the Lipiny premises
was completely banned for three weeks
by governmental direction--23,831 rounds
were played. In 2019, it was 21,000 rounds.
Both courses were usually full throughout
the whole season; maybe it was also due to
the fact that other sports were not so lucky.
In the pauses when the regulations were
relaxed, we managed to organize forty
tournaments and events in the end. The
last tournament was the 2020 Lipiny Cup,
which took place on 10 October, just days
before another ban of all events.
Both courses, master and public, remained
operational and in good condition up to
9 December, which is a historical record!
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The climate changes and thus the season
for summer greens was prolonged to an
amazing 244 days. For the rest of the year,
we play on shorter “winter holes”, if the
weather is good and there is no snow on the
course. The driving range is operational all
year. Therefore, players can train their golf
swing and shoot balls even into the snow.
2020 also taught us that golf itself, and
a nice coffee or beer after the game on the
restaurant terrace, is not granted.
What has changed since the grand
opening in 2012?
Public reception of golf is better after ten
years. We have a lot of work with kids,
mainly in the form of day camps, organized
in collaboration with the Lipiny Golf Club
and supported by the OKD Foundation.
On the other hand, we know that it is
long-term work to get new players. We try
to approach them by Saturday‘s starters’
lessons with training for a public course,
including the introduction of the necessary
How many players from the Karviná
region have you introduced to golf?
Since opening in 2012, we have trained
5,000 new golfers that would otherwise
never have entered a golf course if not for
our convenient prices. Also, golfers from
Poland discovered Lipiny and each year
there are more of them. We have fifty boys
and girls in the children‘s golf school. At
Dělnická primary school in Karviná they
even added golf as a facultative subject.
The pupils that choose it, of course, train
at our course.
What are you planning for this season?
We are staying optimistic and planning
seventy-one tournaments and events for this
year. From Friday‘s ‘nines’ with barbecue,
children’s tournaments, eighteen-hole
tournaments for handicap improvement,
club tournaments, introductory lessons
for rookies, Ladies’ Days, etc. In short:
everyone can choose something they like.
If the situation and weather allow us, we will
start the season in April with the eighteenhole doubles Texas Scrabble tournament.
Do you consider the fact that the course
is located in an industrial region to be an
Definitely. You are in Karviná, but you don‘t
feel like you are in town at all when you’re
on the course. You are walking on green
grass, around ponds, sand obstacles and
you can even meet seven swans that nest
next to the second hole. It is truly perfect.
Actually, you don‘t even have to play. You
can just come to sit at our restaurant with
a nice view, look at the surroundings and
enjoy a nice day. I am looking forward
to meeting you in the tenth anniversary
season of Lipiny.
Thank you for the interview.