In November 2011 Bulgaria was named Undiscovered Golf Destination of the World for 2012 by the IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Opperators). This has been a crowning moment for the country which made its first steps in golf in the beginning of the new Millenium.
The Bulgarian Golf Association was established in 2001. In 2003 started the construction of St. Sofia Golf Club & SPA, the first 18-hole golf course in Bulgaria. In 2008 three new golf courses were open – BlackSeaRama, Lighthouse Golf Resort and Pirin Golf & Country Club. In 2011 the two newest projects were completed – Pravets Golf Club and Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach resort.
After their opening Bulgaria could deservedly be called a signature golf destination as all six 18-holes golf courses bear the signatures of world renowned golf designers – Gary Player, Paul McGinley, Ian Woosnam, Peter Harradine.
Two major golf destinations are now defined in Bulgaria – the Cape Kaliakra embraces three golf courses by the Black Sea coast, and the Sofia destination consists of three first class courses – one is 20 minutes drive from the Capital city center, the other – by a lake and the third – in the outskirts of a beautiful mountain and close to a famous ski resort.