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Tee off in the Alps – Golf in Austria

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Austria is deservedly well known for its alpine ski resorts. Nonetheless, when the snow has melted, and the landscape turnes green Austria also offers great golf.

The small alpine country has more than 140 golf courses. Most of the courses are very well kept and great fun to play. Additionally, many of the courses are set in stunning landscapes with spectacular views. You can even play golf on the former hunting grounds of the aristocracy with castles overlooking the course.

Off the golf course

All golf courses are easily combined with other activities. Whether you like indulging yourself in a spa, visiting vineyards or simply go for a bike ride in nature, a golf vacation in Austria can be much more than bogeys and birdies. If you are travelling with your family or friends that are not golfers, there are ample opportunities for enjoying a wide range of activities, while you hit the ball. Austria is “The” hiking country and just stop by the local tourist office and pick up a hiking map. On hot summer days, virtually all municipalities have public outdoor swimming pools. Many of the really cool water worlds with loads of family fun. If you are into historical sights Austria has worked hard to preserve its past and even tiny hamlets have numerous historic buildings. With such a rich history there is an abundance of museums show casing the country’s history and culture.

Sleep and eat

Austria being a major tourist destination all year has well-developed tourist infrastructure and in general is very well-organised. You will find accommodation suiting all kind of travellers, with small family run B&B’s starting from € 20 per night per person up to five star plus luxury hotels with any imaginable services. Although eateries with local and traditional food are most common in Austria, in the larger villages, small towns and cities, you will also find different kinds of restaurants.

Club facilities

Most golf clubs have good restaurants on site, often serving local dishes in addition to international cuisine. The courses themselves are usually kept in an immaculate state, and other facilities such as driving range and training holes are also of high quality. Green fees for the most part cost between € 30 and € 70 for 18 holes. There are very few pay-and-play or public courses in Austria. Thus, having a membership in a golf club is vital.

We’ve visited and played a few courses around Austria to give you some tips for a golf holiday in Austria.

Click on the club names for links to their websites.

GC Maria Lankowitz

The golf course is situated in lovely surroundings at the foot of the Alps in western Styria. It is easily reached by train or by car only about half an hour’s drive from Graz in the direction of Voitsberg / Köflach.

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The club has a large and spacious driving range, perfect for warming up before the round. The first two holes, and the last two holes are quite flat, otherwise the golf course is beautifully located in the hills. The course can be physically demanding thus renting a cart is a good option.

The fairways are quite wide, but still a require precise game. Otherwise,  the ball will end in the tall grass rough or in a water hazard. There are a few short holes here, but plenty longer links holes and a few doglegs to the right. My two favorite holes is a short Par 3 hole, where you tee off a plateau, letting the ball fall 20 metres downwards to the green, and hole 18, a long Par 5 where you always have the club house in view behind the flag.

The club house restaurant has a beautiful terrace where you can enjoy good food tranquility and idyllic surroundings. Nearby the club you find several nice sights and attractions, such as Lipizzanergestüt Piber, where the horses for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna come from. Close to the golf course you will also find a wonderful alke perfect for swimming. The region also offers great hiking trails.

Text & Photo: Robert Herold

Golf Club Almenland

The Golf Club Almenland is located in a scenic valley about 50 minutes by car north of Graz in Styria. The course is scenic and offers nice views to the 1445 m Schöckel, the highest mountain in the area.

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    The Golf Club Almenland is located in scenic surroundings. The mountain in the background is Schöckl, located just north Graz. Photo: Robert Herold ©
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    The club is very active and also offers golf classes for children. Photo: Robert Herold ©
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    Hole18 by the club house. Photo: Robert Herold ©

This course has a hilly front 9 and a flater back 9. A varied course that is not too difficult. Even though you are in the Alps, the only part that will raise your pulse, is the hill between holes 4 and 5. I have played here several times love this quiet golf course, with just the right amount of visitors. It’s rare you have to wait during the game for other flights finishing their hole in front of you.

The club house has a restaurant serving good food, and also very popular with non-golfers who are hiking in the area.

Text & Photo: Robert Herold

Golf Club Enzesfeld

Close to Wiener Neustadt, approx. 40 – 50 min. south of Vienna, Golf Club Enzesfeld is located very beautifully and idyllic in the middle of a pine forest. Hidden away at the end of e small, but paved, forest road you need a GPS to find it.

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The front nine are easy going, but I would recommend hiring a cart, especially for the back nine. There are almost no flat holes. The first nine holes are only slightly hilly, and the fairways are neither wide nor narrow. Nonetheless, you have to play accurately, otherwise the ball will disappear among trees or roll off the sloping fairways.

The back nine is very hilly and on a couple of the fairways you have to plan you play carefully, as the flag is out of sight. If you are on the edge of the forest with the ball, you can still hit it pretty good, as there are no low hanging branches nor bushes next to the fairway.

Indeed, a challenging golf course that is either lots of fun or very frustrating.

Terrain: Hilly with water hazards
Difficulty: Demanding

Text & Photo: Robert Herold
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Golf Club Donau

Golf Club Donau, Upper Austria, Austria
Photo: Arnold Weisz ©

Next to the Danube river (Donau) about 22 kms west of Linz the capital of Upper Austria, the golf club offers great facilities. In addition to a 9-hole and a 18-hole Championship course you can work on your game on the Driving Range or Putting-Chipping- and Pitching-Greens

Both the 9 and 18 hole courses are quite flat and compact, and require less physical effort than some of the golf courses located in the mountains. As well as the courses themselves, the surrounding areas are very well maintained. The course is often open all winter as the climate in the Danube Valley is mild. This club also has a good restaurant in the club house.

Green fee: 9-hole € 25/30 – 18-hole € 40/60/70

Text & Photo: Arnold Weisz

Golf Club Wienerwald

Golf Club Wienerwald, Lower Austria, Austria
Photo: Robert Herold ©

This 9-hole golf course is located approximately 30 km outside of Vienna, in the middle of the Wienerwald. The relatively short course consists of short par 3, par 4 holes and a few par 5 holes. No bunkers and almost no water hazards. Nonetheless, this is not the easiest course I’ve played. The course is surrounded by forest and park land with some open parties. This requires accuracy in your game, in order to stay on the fairway.

You find a cozy golf restaurant on the premises, which also serves as the club reception, where you can enjoy good food and drink. Tuesday and Wednesday the golf restaurant is closed and on these days you pay green fees in a box at hole 1. The driving range is short allowing maximum 160 meter shots.

The Wienerwald area is a popular recreation area with lots of hiking trails in a beautiful, very quiet and relaxing forest area.

Text & Photo: Robert Herold

Golf Club Salzkammergut

Golf Club Salzkammergut, Upper Austria, Austria
Photo: Arnold Weisz ©

This is golf in Austria in a nutshell. A golf course with a fantastic location in the Alps, between Bad Ischl and St. Wolfgang in Upper Austria. The 18-hole course is pretty rugged with quite different holes that require its. Perhaps not the easiest course for beginners, but loads of fun to play.

The club house has a good restaurant and there is also a golf shop. Book your tee off in good time, as this course is very popular.

Text & Photo: Arnold Weisz

Thermengolf Loipersdorf

 

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This is a standard Par 72 – 18 hole course that is relatively flat. The shortest hole is 166/146 m and the longest is 514/470 m from yellow and red tee respectively. According to the players we spoke, the course is not particularly difficult, but there are more sandbunkers and water hazards here compared to many other courses.

You find a restaurant with food and beverage service at the golf course. In addition, the golf course is located in the middle of a thermal bath region and you can find lots of hotels in the vincinity. A small curiosity, the border between the Styria and Burgenland runs through the golf course (not that you will notice).

Text & Photo: Robert Herold

Golf Club Bad Gleichenberg

The golf club is located in the lovely wine region of south-eastern Styria. Not far from the spa village Bad Gleichenberg the region offers a wide variety off activities when you have done your round of golf.

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The course is a par 72 – 9 hole course that is somewhat hilly. The shortest hole is 112/98 m and the longest is 477/414 m. Players we talked with along the way say hole 6 is the most demanding, as it is very narrow with woods on both sides and a water hazard around the green.

Like the vast majority of golf clubs in Austria, they also have a restaurant with a restaurant.

Text & Photo: Arnold Weisz
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