Austria has, over the past decade, established itself as having some of the best golf in Europe . After winning the title of ‘Undiscovered Golf Destination of 2005’, the popularity of golf has boomed with the country boasting more than 150 high-quality courses and over 100,000 registered players.
Golf courses in Austria are characterised by their perfect greens and fairways, with the impressive surroundings of peaceful lakes and undulating hills and mountains adding to the unbelievable experience.
Despite being comparatively new to the golfing world, no shortcuts have been taken with regards to the amount of money spent on the courses. The upkeep of the courses is flawless, and they have all been extremely well designed with numerous tests for all types of golfers.
The epic scenery of Austria encourages exciting opportunities for golf courses. An outstanding development by renowned architect Kyle Phillips, architect of the incredible Kingsbarns in Scotland , has taken place in Eichenheim , opened in 2000. The captivating surroundings mixed with different challenges on each hole make this course extra special. Another older course, Murhof Frohnleiten - opened in 1963, still has the reputation of being Austria’s most prestigious place to play golf.
Golf is played all over Austria, but with around 50 golf courses, Lower Austria has more than any other Austrian region. Lower Austria offers a wide range of choices for golfers of all abilities. The diverse landscape guarantees there will be a course for your taste; whether you choose to play surrounded by the vineyards in Wachau, or amid the picturesque forested hills in Waldviertel.
The crisp, fresh air and cloudless blue skies makes Austria a perfect place to play golf. With courses open from late April to October, top quality golfing packages – holidays, short breaks and golf weekends are on offer throughout the summer months.
Although known for its cold winters, many people do not realise that the temperate climate means that during the summer, temperatures can reach as high as 35°C in some parts.
Although the winters are very cold, there is a new way of playing golf called ‘ Snow Golf’ based on golf but playing on snow rather than grass – the ‘greens’ are known as ‘whites’. The first Snow Golf World Championship for amateurs was held in Abtenau, Austria in January 2007. The event is a major event of the golfing calendar and was sponsored by the state of Salzburg as a part of their tourism scheme.
Many of the golf courses in Austria are linked with resorts which offer a wide variety of facilities; including spas, bars, and restaurants – boasting numerous local and international cuisines.
All of the member golf clubs and hotels have to fulfil a number of quality assurance criteria before being recognised as partners, thus all of the hotels have high-class services for golfers. The majority of the hotel owners are golfers as well, which enables them to provide recommendations to visitors based on personal experience.
Austria is of course renowned for being at the hub of Europe’s ski resorts, but it also offers visitors many and varied cultural experiences - there are important historical monuments, first-class museums and galleries, as well as music and opera festivals; trekking through the spectacular scenery of the mountains is also a popular activity.
Most major airlines across Europe fly to Vienna airport and a lot of the golf packages in Austria include airport transfers to your hotel. Once you arrive, Public Transport is well developed and very well-organized throughout the country, and dependable info is readily available in English.
The golf courses of neighbouring Italy and Germany may be a more popular and well-practiced destination for golfers on holiday, however if you are seeking a novel and fresh place to play, then why not give a golf package in Austria a try?