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…Home to Mozart, stunning architecture, and some truly fabulous golf. With the Alps as a backdrop, it should be little surprise that Austria is home to some spectacular courses, nowhere more so than the country’s top-rated course Adamstal. Golf in and around Vienna, however, is not all about crisp alpine air. There is a wide array of courses, including parkland and even links-style courses to enjoy.
Golf in Vienna, just like the capital itself, is guaranteed to leave you wanting more. For starters however, here are the courses you should be sure not to miss.
As settings go it’s hard, if not impossible, to beat the Alpine splendour at Golfclub Adamstal Franz Wittman. Set in a wooded valley with sensational mountain views, the hardest job may well be keeping your eye on the ball.
Rally driver Franz Wittman purchased the course in 1995, and three years later employed Jeff Howes to extend the layout to eighteen-holes.
With each hole utterly unique it can be hard to pick a favourite at Adamstal. The 5th is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular, with panoramic views of the Unterberg Summit. The charming clubhouse is housed in a restored 19th Century building and offers guest accommodation. A must for those wishing to soak up the beautiful setting.
Located just south of Vienna in the spa town of Baden lies Golf and Sportclub Fontana. The Doug Carrick and Hans Erdhardt design is set in a luxury residential development but is designed in a way where the villas rarely infringe on the golf course. Regularly ranked among the country’s top three courses, Fontana has played host to the Austrian Open. Most notably in 2006, when Markus Brier became the first Austrian to win on the European Tour. Three years later, the course would also be the scene of Rafa Cabrera-Bello’s record-equalling round of 60 on route to victory.
Be sure to bring plenty of balls. A 20-hectare lake features heavily over the closing few holes.
Not all water however at Fontana is a bad thing. The club has also built a sandy beach complete with palm trees on the banks of the lake.
It may be the impressive stately clubhouse that first strikes you at Golfclub Schloss Schonborn, but it is the fabulous 27-hole course that takes centre stage. Set in the wine region to the North East of Vienna, Schloss Schonborn is one of the leading lights on the Austrian golf scene.
The stunning venue is home to three loops of nine. While the Red and Green are often considered the finest of the trio, the Yellow should certainly not be forgotten, and golfers are well advised to stick around and play all three courses.
Schonborn is a heavily wooded golf course, in many ways akin to a traditional British parkland. Sit back in the 19th manor house after your round though, and there will be no mistaking you are in Austria.
Colony Club Gutenhof was Austria’s first 36-hole golf complex and remains one of the country’s finest resorts. Just 10km from the city, Gutenhof is one of Vienna’s most popular golfing hotspots, with two gorgeous parkland layouts to enjoy. Designed by Kurt Rossknecht and Hans Erhardt, the West is considered the finer of the two courses.
Following the Austrian Open Sam Torrance said: ”Both these parkland courses with not only one signature-hole, but several attractive and memorable holes rank for me among the best in Europe.”
Alongside the European Tour, the venue has also hosted the continent’s best women at the Austrian Ladies Open.
Host to the 2011 Austrian Open, this European Tour Destination is home to two eighteen-hole courses. The Diamond Leisure is a fun, pleasurable affair, suited to all ability levels. The Diamond course, however, reaches a whole different level.
Stretching over 7000-yards from the back tee, the course is characterised by imposing water hazards. In fact, eight of the last twelve holes feature some form of water, making course management essential to score well.
Situated close to the Danube River, Diamond Country Club is perfectly located to explore this beautiful country. Both Schwechat International Airport and Vienna can also be reached in under an hour.
Golfclub Schloss Ebreichsdorf is one of Vienna’s most enjoyable parkland courses. The exclusive 18-hole course is located in the grounds of a castle and meanders its way through the estate’s ancient trees. It is a glorious spot to play golf with fairways framed by funnels of chestnut trees and broken by the occasional stream and pond.
The Keith Preston design features several attractive par-4’s. Most notably the 2nd hole, a testing tree-lined hole where golfers must hit a pinpoint accurate approach to an island green surrounded by trees.
Golf Club Neusiedlersee Donnerskirchen is has been bestowed a glorious setting between the Leithberge Mountains and the expansive Neusiedl Lake on the border with Hungary. Kurt Rossknecht and Hans Erhardt were also the mastermind behind this charming course.
Despite bordering reed beds, the course actually plays more like a Scottish links, with lots of wind, plenty of water and thick rough making the layout a challenge in all conditions.
A scenic course, there is also a three-hole practice facility.