It was not until the late 1980s, after Russia's emergence from the Iron Curtain, that golf began to gain popularity in the local area. The sport's continued rise has culminated in the construction of the Moscow Country Club, which is home to the country's finest course.
The course was actually created under the auspices of an initiative by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to attract investment, but it now welcomes the avid travelling golfer. Still the only 18-hole championship course around Moscow, the Country Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones Junior, and is the venue for the PGA European Tour's Russian Open.
Trent Jones has created a traditional parkland layout which features water on half of its holes - in fact, the signature holes has water everywhere; on route to the green some 576 yards away, golfers will have to plot around a network of threatening water hazards. Weighing up the risk versus the reward is crucial at the Moscow Country Club, which is a true eastern gem.
Despite being a short drive from Russia's sprawling capital, the Moscow Country Club is a tranquil retreat where the height of luxury is combined with outstanding facilities to create a marvellous golf and leisure holiday destination.
Under the stewardship of the internationally renowned Le Meridien group, who manage the respected golfing venues such as Penina and Dona Filipa in the Algarve, the Moscow Country Club has established an enviable international reputation.
The 131 guest bedrooms are bedecked in opulent mahogany furniture, warm earth tones and sumptuous furnishings. The first class amenities in the rooms include plush bathrobes, satellite television, high speed internet access, mini-bar, CD player, refrigerator and a complimentary nightly shoe shine.
No expense is spared at Russia's finest golf holiday destination, where the service is impeccable and the ambience is pure class. Russia may not appear an obvious golf holiday destination, but there are few finer venues than the Moscow Country Club.
The Moscow Country Club has extensive leisure facilities - guests are welcome to use the sports club's swimming pool, Turkish bath, Finnish sauna and Russian banya. There are basketball courts, and the beauty and health salon offers a superb list of relaxing and luxurious treatments. During the summer months, the club has swimming pools, boating, fishing, and tennis, while the clod winter sees the options change slightly - choose from ice skating, cross-country skiing and dog sled rides.
The Four Seasons Restaurant and Winter Garden serves a la carte fine dining overlooking the gardens and the lake.
For golfers, the Fairways Bar and Lounge is the perfect place to replenish after tackling the Trent Jones course.