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Bled golf course among global elite

Bled, 2 August - Royal Bled, the golf course near the lakeside resort of Bled, has become one of the most prestigious courses in central Europe after an expansive facelift that has highlighted its Alpine features.

Bled
King's Course opens at Royal Bled golf course after facelift.
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

Bled
King's Course opens at Royal Bled golf course after facelift.
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

Bled
King's Course opens at Royal Bled golf course after facelift.
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

Bled
King's Course opens at Royal Bled golf course after facelift.
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

Bled
King's Course opens at Royal Bled golf course after facelift.
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

Bled
King's Course opens at Royal Bled golf course after facelift.
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

Bled
King's Course opens at Royal Bled golf course after facelift.
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

Bled
King's Course opens at Royal Bled golf course after facelift.
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

Bled
King's Course opens at Royal Bled golf course after facelift.
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

Bled
King's Course opens at Royal Bled golf course after facelift.
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

Bled
King's Course opens at Royal Bled golf course after facelift.
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

The King's Course, which is now part of the elite golfing courses Eligo, owned by Serbian businessman Dragan Šolak, was ranked among the 15 best European courses by pro golfer Sam Torrence, who took part in the opening event on Tuesday.

The first swing on the course, whose origins date back to the 1930s and the Yugoslav royal family Karađorđević, was taken by Princess Jelisaveta Karađorđević. Italian golfer Constantino Rocca and German Marcel Siem also tested the grounds.

With vistas of the Slovenian Alps and the surrounding countryside, Royal Bled is now equipped to host top-tier European and world golfing events and is expected to attract new high-net-worth guests to the lakeside resort.

Bled had been ranked among the top 50 courses in Europe before the facelift and the new look emphasises its natural features even more.

While Donald Harradine, who first outlined the course in 1972, remains the main designer, the facelift was blueprinted by the English company Swan.

Golfing at Bled started in the 1920s, when the Yugoslav royal family Karađorđević picked the resort for its summer residence.

The actual course was built in 1937 and attracted the top echelons of society of the time. After WWII, golfing was largely forgotten in Bled and only made a comeback with Harradine's course in the 1970s.

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