The project of 18-hole champions course was designed by an architect Folker Pueshel, a member of the European Institute of golf architects, and the project was realized by a German company Mokinski & К, which had built more than 130 golf courses in the Old World’s countries.
The main distinctive feature of the golf course is maintenance of the original landscapes and environment with its local colour. The golf facility shows a spectacular view with big fairways on the banks of the river Don. They can be seen from any part of the course. They add difficulty, beauty and enough obstacles to the most number of holes, which make the game even more exciting. A great number of “dog leg” or “risk or reward” holes guarantee a pleasant necessity to constantly work out a game strategy to safely get to the final destination - a green.
“Don” Golf & Country Club with its unique facilities throws down a real challenge to sophisticated golfers wishing to experience their skills at an astonishing and wonderful place. Perfectly blended into the natural landscape the southern golf course will meet the requirements of golfers of different levels and it will be a marvelous facility for running international tournaments.
Hole 1 - PAR 4
The first hole at Golf and Country Club Don will need an accurate tee shot to start your round. With water to be cleared and bunkers on both sides of the fairway to avoid, you are provided with a good opening test.
With the drive negotiated, the hole shapes to the right and you will require a mid to short iron for your approach to a gently sloped green, guarded by bunkers to the entrance of it.
Hole 2 - PAR 5
The first ‘risk or reward’ hole on the course. The reward being that a powerful drive up the left hand side makes the hole play considerably shorter with a chance to reach with your second shot for the long hitters.
The risk being a fairway bunker and water are brought into play and a possible high score may result. If you are safer with the line of your tee shot, the second and third shots are a matter of position and approach to a 2 tier green which will test your putting in trying to secure a par or better on this hole.
Hole 3 - PAR 3
A deceptive par 3 for which choosing the correct club is all important. To the eye, the green looks closer than the yardage suggest, but do not get caught out. A mid to long iron will be the club of choice here to find the target.
The green itself is nearly 40 yards in length, so again, this highlights the importance of club selection. A straight shot onto the front of the green with the flag at the back leaves an extremely long putt.
Choose the correct club and this hole provides a good chance of a birdie or relatively easy par.
Hole 4 - PAR 4
The 4th is a hole which requires some thought. Accuracy is important from the tee, with trees to the left of the fairway and across it, there is a good chance the path of your second shot may be blocked. A fairway bunker on the right side will catch players being too protective of playing away from the trees.
A fairway wood or long iron should have you arrive in good position off the tee from which a mid to short iron is all that will be required to a subtly sloped green to secure the chance of a par.
Hole 5 - PAR 4
The 5th is a long tough par 4 which dog legs to the left. A strong tee shot is required to reach in two for which you have two choices. Aim up the left hand side and your second shot will be shorter. This choice though will bring a fairway bunker and water heavily into play so be careful. Aim up the right for a safer start to the hole and your second shot will require a mid to long iron and possibly a wood to a small flat green guarded by bunkers at the front.
Hole 6 - PAR 3
The 6th is a friendly par 3 for which club selection again will be important. The hole will play around a club less than used on the 3rd hole, the first par 3.
Bunkers guard the entrance to a green which slopes from the back right to the front left. As with the 3rd hole, a shot which is aimed at the middle of the green should result in a good chance for birdie or a simple enough par.
Hole 7 PAR 4
The 7th is a strong par 4 that dog legs to the left in a similar vein to the 5th hole. The tee shot offers 2 options. Shorter hitters will play right of the bunker, leaving a mid to long iron to the green. The longer hitter can aim a little left of the bunker to cut some of the dog leg off. This will leave a short iron to the green if successful, or a tricky lie from the rough if not.
All players will need to take care with the approach shot as 5 bunkers guard the back, the left and especially the front which will gather any shot running into the green. The green itself is circle shaped and quite undulating which provides a tricky finish to a tough hole.
Hole 8 - PAR 4
The 8th is another strong par 4 upon which placement from the tee is again important. An accurate driver or fairway wood will avoid bunkers on both sides and trees on the fairway which may restrict the path needed for the second shot. A mid to long iron will be required for an uphill second shot to a green protected by 3 bunkers which gently slopes from back to front.
A 4 here is a good score.
Hole 9 - PAR 5
The last hole on the front nine is another excellent ‘risk or reward’ hole. Most players after the tee shot will require a second shot to lay up short of water before approaching the green with your 3rd from around 120-130 yards.
For the longest hitters who have threaded their tee shot a good way past the trees on the fairway, there is a chance to reach the green with your second shot.
However, only a very well struck second will have a chance of making the carry over the water to a sloping green which will again test your putting to achieve a good score on this hole.