EU grants still support golf

March 27, 2009

Golf Europa has reported previously on the positive impact of EU funds stimulating golf, tourism and growth in less-developed regions, particularly in Ireland and Portugal in the 1990s.

Lots of EU funding has now moved east but golf continues to be used as a successful tool of regional economic development.

A quick trawl of the web shows the GolfPark Darkov project in the Czech Republic, a 9-hole golf course with a driving range to broaden the tourism offer in Karviná.

It’s not just the European Regional Development Fund that is being used.  See the website of an innovative Czech training project, “Golf – specific activity of tourism, principles and rules in the golf resort” using the European Social Fund.

The official Ministry of Finance website for Structural Funds in Estonia shows a similar mix of ERDF and ESF golf projects developed in Estonia.  Courtesy of Google Translate, we can see a list of golf-related projects approved since 2004 in English (a couple of the projects are not golf-industry projects).  The list is an interesting indication of how golf is once again forming part of EU regional economic growth programmes.

Link to Ministry of Finance list – appears in Estonian, then use Google Translate to read in English.

Golf Europa will return to look again at this subject.  Feel free to call for advice: +358 40 360 1623 or skype: golf.europa

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