Located in Nakhabino, just north west of the capital, the Moscow County Club (formerly “Le Méridien Moscow Country Club,” and often referred to as “Nakhabino”) was created in 1993 as the first golf development of GlavUpDK, a department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the masterminds behind the project were Alexander S. Zinoviev (first deputy director of the state department), Ivan Sergyev and Antti Peltoniemi.
The course sits on a 300-acre property, incorporating a 131-room hotel with all the usual leisure facilities like swimming pools, solarium, massage and beauty treatment rooms. An adjoining sports complex offers activities as varied as squash, volleyball and fishing.
Moscow Country Club hosted the Russian Open for six consecutive years from 2003 to 2008. After a five-year hiatus, the tournament was rekindled in 2013 and relocated to Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club.
The club has an 18-hole, 7,015 yard championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. “The Golf Course”, in Jones’s words, “was designed to be a very traditional parkland course. From the back tees, it has sufficient length and difficulty to host any type of championship tournaments. The deep Russian forest with large evergreens, birch, native wildlife and songbirds complete a magnificent setting.
The concept is classic strategy with hazards placed to create risks and rewards thus providing exciting, enjoyable golf for beginners and proficient golfers of all ages and abilities”.
Indoor/outdoor driving range, computerized golf simulator, mini-golf, chipping & putting greens, Pro shop, clubhouse with restaurant, locker rooms, showers, sauna are all available for the golf players.
Maximum handicap required for men-28, for ladies-36. Non-members are invited to play the course from Monday to Friday. Weekends are subject to availability.