Perched high on the cliffs of Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, BlackSeaRama is starting to enjoy an equally lofty position as one of the most revered new courses in the world.
BlackSeaRama is the first championship signature golf course in Bulgaria and, despite many new courses being planned for the country, it will almost certainly remain one of the best.
Working with largely flat terrain, Player produced 18 beautifully self-contained holes which are separated by towering hillocks, or water and sand. There's also an elegant Tuscan-style clubhouse and four artificial lakes within the complex each stocked with a different species of fish.
As is usual when a course is close to the sea, the wind is often a significant factor, and Player has taken the wind into account beautifully with this layout, which was voted "Best New International Course" by a prestigious US magazine in 2009. Player's layout winds its way over the cliffs, which tower up to around 500 feet, providing great golfing challenges and some stunning views over the Black Sea at the same time.
Situated 40 minutes drive from Varna International Airport and close to three of the most famous sea resorts in Bulgaria, this 7,200-yard, par-72 course has multiple teeing areas to cater to different ability levels.
It is the first completed project of Gary Player in Eastern Europe, but it won't be his last, as this design has so impressed the locals they've asked him to design another course up the road, called Thracian Cliffs.
BlackSeaRama is ranked as one of the best courses in Bulgaria