The shuttered windows of my lodge dictated that I step outside ahead of the vital wardrobe selection.

Packing for this golf trip to Poland was a bit of a lottery - traditional golf holiday venues would have been a lot easier. Shorts, shades and sun cream for the Algarve, wind jackets and base layers for Scotland. Four days in western Pomerania? Anyone's guess.

Well, the suitcase was big and the space was fully utilised with a combination of all of the above, and the forecast proved favourable as I peeked out to survey the scene.

Morning was still breaking but blue skies, sunshine and not a breath of wind lifted the already high spirits as I took the short stroll from the lodge to the clubhouse for a spot of breakfast with course manager Stewart Snedden.

Modry Las was looking spectacular, the rolling green fairways blending with the flawless skies in every direction.

The Gary Player-designed track has been named in Europe's Top 100 golf courses and it was easy to see why as we set out to play the championship course with the Polish-speaking Scotsman who offered insights and information throughout, not to mention the many mini lessons which helped my game immensely.

Any doubts about the quality of Polish golf were immediately banished after playing the front nine at Modry Las.

The course was carved into gently rolling terrain, nestled between an oak, pine and birch forest and the untouched, spring-fed Raduń Lake. The course winds along the lake's edge and stretches around ponds, streams and fields of wildflowers. There is lots of wild life to view, from wild boar to the odd snake that might slither out from time to time.

Perhaps it was the lessons, or more so, the mid-round food and beverage pit-stop, but the back nine, especially the award-winning 15th, seemed even more enjoyable as we, slowly, made our way around the rolling hills of pleasant Pomerania.

It being midweek, we had the course to ourselves and had time to stop and admire the many excellent views throughout, with local lakes and farmers' fields adding to the beauty of the area.

The 18th hole was a testing par five with an elevated green, made even more enjoyable by the timely barbeque aromas that wafted across the dance-floor as we putted out and shook hands.

The main clubhouse is currently under construction at Modry Las but the golf club deals with a local restaurant Promenada to organise post-golf dining options.

A feast of barbequed meat, baked potatoes, salads and the best Polish bottled beer made for a perfect ending to a great day on the Modry Las course.

The next morning we headed for the coast to Międzyzdroje (Misdroy) and on to one of Poland's oldest golf courses, Amber Baltic Golf Club.

On what could only be described as a soft day, the light but constant rain coupled with the beautifully lush landscape of the Amber Baltic parkland track gave you the impression that you were somewhere in Ireland.

The course was a little marshy in places but proved most enjoyable, with some testing holes, including the fine par three ninth. It hits across a large drop, where anything short will leave you twisting your neck hitting on to the green.

The course is a short 15-minute drive to the lively seaside resort and would make an ideal base for some summer golf: lively bars and restaurants, several top class hotels and white sandy beaches hugging the Baltic Sea.

The final leg of the trilogy took us back towards Szczecin for a round at Binowo (Binovo) Park Golf Club.

The final kilometres of the drive to the golf course wind through the picturesque Beech Forest, and there was a real vibrancy around this clubhouse on arrival. It was no surprise to learn that Binowo is one of the leading lights of Polish golf.

The opening nine holes guide you up and around the hills of Szczecin Landscape Park, offering spectacular views throughout. The recently added, elevated tee-box on the par three fourth takes the panoramas up a notch, boasting breathtaking views of the fantastic countryside and nearby lakes.

Lunch was again served at the midway point, an exceptional curried chicken on a bed of rice shared in the excellent company of course director Slawomir and marketing executive Maria.

There was a wry smile on the face of six handicapper Slawomir as he waved us off for our back nine. He said we would enjoy it. And right he was.

Every hole from 10 to 18 had a touch of class, with lots of water in play and some very testing but thoroughly enjoyable holes.

The 18th finishes with a tricky shot over water, made even more impressive as the setting sun brought out the full spectrum of colours on this super golf course.

A night in Szczecin (Schtetchin) to finish the Pomeranian sojourn.

Located just a stone's throw from the border, the city has an amazing post-war history as it changed from German to Polish hands.

Badly hit during the 1940s, there is a real feeling that this city is starting to find its feet with lots of development happening around the new Old Town and the magnificent Oder River that bisects the city.

Magnificent vistas of the castle, river and city are best viewed from the cathedral tower, while a walking tour is an enjoyable way to find your bearings and grasp the amazing history of this emerging city.

You will learn great tales of Bogislaw X at Szczecin Castle, where the mythical griffin keeps guard over the city, Wyszak the Warrior, Hitler's fuel factory and the gigantic civilian bomb shelter.

The Old Town has many diverse restaurants and bars, while a novel way to dine is to hop on board the river cruise where you can feast at the Russian restaurant en route to Lake Dobie on the extended trip.

And what better way to finish than an afternoon's Wellness at the Baltica Wellness & Spa, the largest Spa in western Pomerania. The Baltica offers many holistic treatments and massages as well as a wide range of wellness facilities, from aroma rooms to sensation showers and powerful Jacuzzis.

And if you can tolerate some extreme conditions, -15C in fact, pay a visit to the snow chamber; it will certainly send you home with a pep in your step.

Modry Las Golf Club
Located an hour's drive from Szczecin in the town of Choszczno, this spectacular course will be one of Europe's finest once the clubhouse is completed. On-site lodges are available, which make for the ideal stay over, possibly playing the course twice during your one-night stay. Scottish manager Stewart Snedden is a real asset to this course and will make you feel immediately at home and can organise all your needs to make for a truly enjoyable stay. Snedden is also a super golf coach so badger him for a few tips; he may even end up playing a round with you.
Where to stay: Modry Las Cottages

Amber Baltic Golf Club
A fine test of parkland golf in a great location close to the seaside resorts of the Baltic Sea coast. An hour's drive from Szczecin, a visit to Amber Baltic will make for a super two-stop visit, taking in a city break with a few days by the coast. It is not to be missed if you are planning a golf-specific tour of the region.
Where to stay: Hotel Aurora, Międzyzdroje

Binowo Park
The staff at Binowo are very experienced in dealing with golf tours and if contacted in advance can organise everything from your pick-up at the airport to hotel accommodation, food and beverages. The green fee is around €30-40 but is a daily rate so you can play the course twice, knowing that a fine lunch will make for an ideal day at a super venue.
Where to stay: Radisson Blu, Szczecin

Getting to Szczecin: Ryanair flies direct from Dublin to Szczecin, with the flight time just over two hours. From Berlin, Szczecin is less than a two-hour drive.

The Polish Golf season runs from April to October.

For more information on Golfing in Poland, visit: www.Poland.Travel or

Ed Leahy

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