Serbia was part of the post-World War I, and later Soviet-dominated conglomeration known as Yugoslavia, becoming its own nation following the bloody Balkan wars of the 1990s and the secession of Montenegro in 2006 from a short-lived union. Modern Serbia lies in the southeast of the Balkan Peninsula, bordering, in addition to Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania. Although it lacks the coastline that most of its Balkan neighbors enjoy, Serbia has plenty to offer, from its ancient capital at Belgrade on the Danube to quaint villages and archaeological treasures, and political stability has opened the country up to a wave of Western European visitors.
Golf is also starting to gain a foothold here, with a pair of courses currently in operation. The earliest of these dates back to the 1930s; the Belgrade Golf Club was founded at the behest of the Yugoslavian king, though the intervention of World War II and communist rule meant that work was not completed until the beginning of the present century. Located along the Sava River just outside the capital, these 9 holes are open for play between April and November. Serbia's other course is also a 9-holer, this one located in the country's second city, Novi Sad. Other courses are said to be in development in the Belgrade area.