AgAlArov golf & Coun­try Club

Moscow, Rus­sia

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Golf is but a young sport in Rus­sia, which only ac­quired its first full 18-hole course – the Moscow Coun­try Club – in 1994. That re­mained its only 18-hole lay­out for a decade, host­ing many Rus­sian Opens on the Chal­lenge and Euro­pean Tours from 1996.

Now, there are some 30 cour­ses in Rus­sia. Sev­eral have sprung up in the Moscow area over the last two decades, among them the stun­ning Agalarov Golf and Coun­try Club west of the cap­i­tal, which opened in 2010.

This fab­u­lous lay­out, man­aged by Troon Golf, is the hand­i­work of Amer­i­can Cal Olson and is part of a vast 300-hectare es­tate owned by Rus­sian bil­lion­aire Aras Agalarov. The holes weave their way around 14 in­ter­con­nected lakes – as on the 15th here – and four free-flow­ing wa­ter­falls.

Ex­clu­siv­ity is the name of the game at Agalarov – in 2014 the club had just 28 mem­bers! Add in sub-freez­ing tem­per­a­tures for half the year and this is a course whose beauty is, for most, more likely to be ap­pre­ci­ated in photos than on the ground. Words Jeremy Ell­wood Pho­tog­ra­phy Kevin Mur­ray

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