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If we lose touch with our past, we risk forgetting about our future too. Everyone of us subconsciously feels this truth. That is why we look for places with a rich history and why new buildings on greenfields often seem boring or downright inappropriate. This, of course, applies to golf courses too. Many of them have been built in areas ravaged by heavy industry and overgrown with weeds, in landscapes without memories. Such courses are no more than spaces to play on. There is nothing wrong with that. But there is alternative – you can play in a place with a unique spirit, such as the Kynžvart castle park.
The genius loci is the undefineable but indisputable essence of a place. You cannot describe precisely the mechanism of how people, events and thoughts become imprinted upon a place. However, the very thought that you may be walking in the steps of Goethe is uplifting. Kynžvart Castle is full of memories of a number of luminaries of political, social and cultural life who came here to see Prince von Metternich. And now we can enter their memories. Although the history of the place is much older, the spirit of the 19th century is the most prominent. It was an era that gave rise to our modern existence and that we still feel connected with. Paradoxically, the connection with the 19th century is stronger that with many a product of the second half of the 20th century. The continuity has never faded away. A tangle of ancient connections is still inscribed in the landscape, the trees, the statue of Diana manufactured in Metternich's ironworks, and is still a source of inspiration.
Golf is an ideal sport for those who can appreciate the charm of a landscape which has long and sensitively been cultivated. An the championship course at the Kynžvart Castle is an ideal location.