Course

Niitvälja is the home of Estonian golf. Just 30 km outside of Tallinn, our course has become synonymous with golf in the country over the years.

Course

PAR20 Course

Practice facilities

CLUBHOUSE

PARK COURSE

As the oldest golf course in the Baltic states, Niitvälja has been the pioneer of Estonian golf.  Today, we welcome you to an 18-hole quality course and a 5-hole pay-and-play course. As proof of our high quality, Estonian golfers have chosen us the country’s best golf centre many years in a row.

The 18-hole Park course is characterized first and foremost by its natural features, including its untouched forests and abundance of water, all of which guarantee an unforgettable golfing experience. In addition to the quality of our course, we find it important that the top players can challenge themselves and the club players enjoy a stressless and inspiring round. The jewel in the crown of the course is the 15th hole (par 5), which ends on a floating green, named the Island of Tears by the players.

Niitvälja Golf has been the home of the Estonian championships for many years and it has also played host to a number of international tournaments. In addition, it is home to the oldest international golf tournament in the Baltics, Niitvälja Karikas, held yearly from 1993 and offering R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking points.

Andrew Marshall / European Tour player: Niitvälja reminds me of the new Marquess course at the Woburn Golf Club in England, where the 2015 British Masters and 2016 Women’s British Open were held. The last nine holes at Niitvälja with their gorgeous pine trees are truly special, not only in terms of how they look, but also how they play.

Visitor Information

Handicap (HCP) 54 (recommendation max. 36).

Dresscode Sporty clothing fit for a golf course.

Tee time bookings on our website by clicking the Book Online button or at the caddiemaster. If you’re unable to play at the chosen time, please cancel your booking no later than 24 hours prior.

Join our loyalty programme to enjoy many benefits and special offers. The only thing you need to do is to buy one green fee and leave us your contact details. More information here.

The clubhouse’s changing rooms and saunas can be used free of charge (lockers and towels available). Our sauna section comprises of Finnish sauna, steam room, cold-water pool, resting area and outside terrace.

The restaurant’s menu and opening hours can be found on our website.

Pro shop provides players with everything they need for their game: tees, balls, gloves, clothes etc.

Equipment rental is available at the clubhouse. Please find the pricelist here.

Golf carts are available upon pre-booking at the caddiemaster.

Trolleys are available without pre-booking.

Range, practice facilities Ideal for practicing and warm-up before the round. Free use for all players. Driving range balls can be obtained at the caddiemaster.

Course Care. Repairing divots – tidy up after your strokes by using divot bags. Practice swings –  try not to harm the grass when taking your practise swings.  Repairing ball-marks – always repair the landing marks of the ball on the green. Bunker rake policy – before leaving the bunker, flatten your footprints and other marks with a rake.

Pace of play An 18-hole round at the Park Course must be played within 4 hours 28 minutes. The scorecard shows the maximum time reserved for each hole. In normal conditions, playing the course in a group of four should take less than 4 hours.

Safety Every player is responsible for safety on the course during their stroke.

Niitvälja Golf has the right to refrain from servicing any player, who refuses to follow the rules. In this case, the paid fee is non-refundable.

Course Information

Architect The original plan of the Park Course is made by Swedish field architect Åke Persson. The expansion of 2006 was designed by Peter Chamberlain from England.

CR / SR (Course Rating / Slope Rating)

Grass type of the greens Creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera).

Grass type of the fairways Mix of Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis), Chewing’s fescue (Festuca rubra commutate) and Slender creeping red fescue (Festuca rubra trichophylla).

Local rules can be found on our website, clubhouse’s message board and at the first tee.

Hole profiles are available on our website.

Distance markers on the course 200 m white, 150 m yellow, 100 m red. All distances are measured from the center of the green.

Café can be found between holes 9 and 10. They serve coffee, soft drinks, beer and snacks.

Toilets on Park Course are situated between holes 6 and 7, holes 9 and 10, and holes 13 and 14.

Local rules

Out of bounds (Rule 18.2) out of bounds is defined with white stakes and/or white line, fence posts are used on the left side of hole 4 and right side of hole 13. When both stakes and line is used, marking line applies.

Penalty Areas (Rule 17) penalty area is marked with yellow or with red markers /or line. When both stakes and line is used, marking line applies.

Playing Ball From Outside Relief Area When Taking Back-On-the-Line Relief (Local Rule E-12) – When taking Back-On-the-Line relief, there is no additional penalty if a player plays a ball that was dropped in the relief area (Rules 16.1c(2), 17.1d(2), 19.2b or 19.3b) but came to rest outside the relief area within one club-length of where it first touched the ground when dropped. This exemption from additional penalty applies even if the ball came to rest nearer the hole than the reference point. However, this exemption from additional penalty doesn’t apply, if the ball came to rest nearer the hole than the spot of the original ball or the estimated point where the ball last crossed the edge of the penalty area.

Movable obstructions (Rule 15.2) – next tee signs, distance markers to the centre of the green (red 100m, yellow 150m, blue 200m).

Immovable obstructions (Rule 16.1) built roads, wells, benches, tee markers, tee signs, ball washers, penalty area markers, sprinkler heads, wooden perimeter of the island green of hole 15 and the wire net fence surrounding the perimeter (excluding from fence posts), 10th tee snack bar, toilets, advertising banners and flags .

Ground under repair (Rule 16) a) Ground under repair is marked with blue stakes or blue line. When both stakes and line is used, marking line applies.; b) Ground under repair from which playing is prohibited, is marked with blue-white stakes; c) The latter ground under repair includes ants nests, flower beds and marked (with planting stick) planted trees and it is not allowed to play the ball from there.

Breach of local rules: Matchplay: loss of hole; Strokeplay: two strokes

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