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Golf In Carinthia - where the summer starts earlier and golfing knows no bounds

Carinthia - the southernmost 'Land' of Austria, sharing borders with Italy and Slovenia - is situated in a basin of the Alps and has the longest hours of sunshine in the region. The golfing season can therefore start earlier here, from April onwards.

Lake Wörth in summer
Lake Wörth in summer

Surrounded by breathtaking scenery – in the midst of mighty mountains and pristine lakes – Carinthia (Kärnten in German - the main language here) is a real golfer's paradise. Boasting two 27-hole courses, five 18-hole courses, two 9-hole courses and various driving ranges, Austria’s sunny south has a particularly high number of courses.

What’s more, they are all within a radius of 85km and yet no two rounds are alike, thanks to the varied countryside. The warming rays of the early summer sun combined with the Carinthians’ attitude, love of life and excellent cuisine do you the world of good and make one thing clear: life is sunny in the south!

Carinthia enjoys the longest hours of sunshine in the region
The longest hours of sunshine in the region

No fewer than 50 hotels in Carinthia provide particularly attractive golf packages. There are specialised clinics for both beginners and advanced players, regular competitions and the same prices at all the courses. You will find all the information you require on Carinthia’s golf courses and hotels in the new golf catalogue. Furthermore, you can take advantage of special highlights for golfers, such as tee reservation. All you have to do is select the golf course of your choice at www.golfland.kaernten.at and reserve your preferred tee time. If you need one, you can also order a buggy by e-mail.

Golf beyond borders: Austria, Italy and Slovenia

Three languages, three cultures, but one common idea: joining forces and cooperating with each other. Carinthia, Friuli and Slovenia therefore put together a cross-border package for golfers last year. Thanks to this international cooperation, budding Tiger Woods can play three more beautiful courses in Bled, Grado and Tarvisio. And boundless pleasure lies only a maximum of 1½ hours from Carinthia.

A GUIDE TO CARINTHIA'S GOLF COURSES

The golf courses of Carinthia
The golf courses of Carinthia - click on a number for information about the course

1. Millstätter See: a jewel set between mountains and lake

The Millstätter See course

The 18-hole championship course was opened four years ago and is situated on a sunny plateau overlooking Lake Millstatt. Benefiting from this uniquely attractive setting, it has breathtaking views of the surrounding lakes and mountains.

With its 18-hole course, driving range with chipping area, pitch and putt, compact course with three par-3 holes, friendly clubhouse, pro shop, locker room and restaurant with extensive terrace – also open to the non-golfing public – the Lake Millstatt golf club leaves nothing to be desired.

Its front nine is spread over three different levels, with a waterfall and a seven-metre-high rock face providing spectacular variety and challenge. The back nine takes players higher up onto the plateau, overlooking the mountains and the lake and is flatter, but longer. The course has hosted the PGA European Challenge Tour several times, an honour proving that it meets the highest standards, while its sunny situation means that it can stay open from March to November.

The Paul Thompson Golf School is also available for expert instruction using the latest teaching methods, has one of the best practice grounds in Austria. Over 30 hotels in the area, founding members of the Millstätter See Golf Club, offer attractive golf packages and green fee reductions of 20% for guests.

For further information:
Golfanlage Millstätter See, Am Golfplatz 1, A-9872 Millstatt
Web: http://www.golfland.kaernten.at/millstaettersee/?LAid=1
E-mail: gcmillstatt@golf.at
Telephone: +43 (0)4762 82548

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2. Bad Kleinkirchheim-Reichenau: Franz Klammer’s favourite

1976 Downhill Olympic Gold Medallist Franz Klammer
Franz Klammer

Sixty kilometres north west of Klagenfurt in the middle of the Nock Mountains is the popular ski and spa resort of Bad Kleinkirchheim. Here, ten years ago, Don Harradine designed an elongated, demanding championship course to suit the alpine valley terrain. It is also the golfing home of former skier and 1976 Olympic gold medallist in the Downhill, Franz Klammer. He is particularly fond of Bad Kleinkirchheim because the fifth hole runs parallel to the K70, the downhill run where he notched up his first international success at a European Cup race in 1971.

As the highest altitude golf course in Carinthia, Bad Kleinkirchheim-Reichenau boasts a pleasant climate even in the hot summer months. At par 72 and a hilly 6,074 metres long (6,643 yards), the spectacular “Kaiserburg” championship course covers 60 hectares (148 acres) of the narrow Bad Kleinkirchheim valleyand is set out in a figure of eight loop.

The Bad Kleinkirchheimer course

Lush and moderately hilly, it starts off with a 441-metre par five and you have to decide whether to risk driving over the stream that runs across the fairway just about where the ball would land. Once you have overcome this initial obstacle, eight beautifully open holes will stretch out before you. But beware: if you don’t know the course, you’re in for a few surprises. Water hazards lie in wait on many of the fairways, which you only really see when you’re right in front of them. It helps to keep the ball below the hole, as the greens are quick and often slope away, and are quite difficult to read. No wonder then that most visitors manage much better on their second round; it helps to know, especially at the sixth and seventh, exactly where the ponds and bunkers are! Caution is also called for at holes 10, 11, 17 and 18 which Harradine has made very narrow and extended into the forest.

A cosy clubhouse with a tiled stove, a gourmet restaurant and a separate golf school welcome both beginners and experts. As you never really master golf, you’ll often meet Franz Klammer at the large practice ground, which even has its own six-hole course. Head Pro Gary Foster and his team teach beginners and the advanced with the help of video analysis and a swing simulator.
The resort is also home to a famous spa.

For further information:
Bad Kleinkirchheimer Freizeitanlagen GmbH, Schneerosenweg 5, A-9546 Bad Kleinkirchheim
Web: http://www.golfland.kaernten.at/badkleinkirchheim/?LAid=1
E-mail: golf@ski-thermen.com
Telephone: +43 (0)4240 8282

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3. Alpe Adria Golf Schloss Finkenstein Golf Course

The Alpe Adria Golf Schloss Finkenstein Golf Course

Opened in May 2005, the new 18-hole panorama course right next to Villach and Lake Faaker in the municipality of Finkenstein offers scenic and challenging play for golfers of all abilities. The gently undulating course without any significant inclines offers a breathtaking view of the Karawanken Mountains. Wide fairways give an opportunity to open the shoulders while six harmoniously situated ponds add to the overall atteactiveness of this course.

A professional golf school, practice greens and the 250 metre driving range guarantee effective golf instruction for golfers of all levels. The “Schloss Finkenstein” clubhouse features a restaurant, a park terrace, the club office and a golf shop with a pleasant, friendly tmosphere and first class service.

For further information:
Alpe-Adria Golf Schloss Finkenstein, Schlossrainweg 8, A-9585 Gödersdorf
Web: http://www.golfland.kaernten.at/finkenstein/?LAid=1
E-mail: office@gcfinkenstein.at
Telephone: +43 (0)4257 29201

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4. Velden-Köstenberg: always on top

The Velden Köstenberg Golf Club

Overlooking Velden, Lake Wörth’s smart resort, famous not least for its Schloss Hotel of TV fame, lies Velden Golf Club on the sunny slopes near the village of Köstenberg. It offers challenging golf in beautiful surroundings with ancient trees and numerous ponds dotted around, as well as three hills giving elevation changes of up to 50 metres. If that should sound a little too strenuous, you can always enjoy the scenery from the comfort of a buggy.

The Velden course is 6,152 metres long (6,728 yards) and covers an area of 80 hectares (198 acres). Facilities include a driving range and a pitch and putt course, providing plenty of scope for keen golfers to work on their game. The famous tenth hole is one of the finest in Europe, both in terms of the landscape and technical skill required. The golf course offers fast greens and standards of maintenance that are rarely matched. The golf school is home to four pros, led by the recently appointed Nottinghamshire-born head pro Shaun Case, who will be delighted to teach beginners the basics of the game and help turn good players into experts.

For further information:
Golfanlage Velden Köstenberg, Golfweg 41, A-9231 Köstenberg
Web: http://www.golfvelden.at/
E-mail: golf-velden@golfktn.at
Telephone: +43 (0)4274 7045

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5. Pörtschach: a test of sporting skill

The Pörtschach-Moosburg Golf Club

The Pörtschach-Moosburg golf club is set in beautiful undulating countryside about three kilometres from Lake Wörth. It is the second longest 18-hole course in Carinthia at 6,216 metres (6,798 yards) with a par and SSS of 72, as well as a 9-hole par 35 course. The 27 fairways are located on a high plateau overlooking the lake, nestled among gently rolling hills, right in the centre of the “Schwarzes Moos” jewel of natural beauty. The European Institute of Golf Course Architects has even awarded it the highest accolade - Premier European Golf Course. - for its attractive design carefully integrated into the natural surroundings.

A true test of golfing skill, average players should nevertheless not be put off, as it remains very fair. The hazards are however strategically placed so even top players have to think very carefully about how to approach one or two of the trickier greens.

Gently rolling fairways, lovely old trees, pools, ponds and open holes with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside ensure plenty of variety - and possibly consolation - during your game. If you manage an eagle by the ninth, the Eagle Bar is the perfect place to celebrate. After the eighteenth, you have to walk back a short way, past the target golf area with its eight different tees and pitch and putt, to the 19th hole, the clubhouse with restaurant and inviting terrace.

Both novices and experienced players can pick up a few tips at the Golf Academy attached to the course, which boasts seven international pros, 24 covered tees and five public practice holes, beside the pitching and putting area.

For further information:
Golfanlage Moosburg-Pörtschach, Golfstraße 2, A-9062 Moosburg
Web: http://www.golfland.kaernten.at/moosburg/?LAid=1
E-mail: moosburg@golfktn.at
Telephone: +43 (0)4272 83486

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6. Klagenfurt-Seltenheim: the King of courses

The Klagenfurt-Seltenheim Golf Club

The Klagenfurt-Seltenheim Golf Club, with its 27 holes, is located just a few minutes’ drive from the centre of the provincial capital, Klagenfurt. Here golfers will find a high concentration of different styles: on the championship course the characteristics of a Scottish links are combined with American-style fairways, excellent greens and scenic rough. Water also plays a prominent role from holes 1 to 18 – reminding you constantly that Carinthia is the land of lakes.

The challenging 18-hole, par 72/SSS 73, 6,426 metre (7,027 yards) championship course - the longest in the country - was also the European premiere of one of the world’s finest golf course designers, Perry O. Dye, son of the legendary Pete Dye. Here in Klagenfurt the American has created a symbiosis between golf and the countryside which puts even international pros to the test, but which, with its eight sets of tees, can offer a pleasing golf experience to any level of player.

Nestling in the densely wooded hills a little higher up above the 18th is the charming 5,860 metre (6,408 yards) par 72/SSS 71 nine-hole Romantic Course. A driving range with covered tees, public seven-hole pitch & putt, chipping and pitching area, and two putting greens round off the facilities. Dogs on leads are permitted on this course.

For further information:
Golfanlage Klagenfurt-Seltenheim, Seltenheimer Straße 137, A-9061 Klagenfurt
Web: http://www.golfland.kaernten.at/seltenheim/?LAid=1
E-mail: office@gcseltenheim.at
Telephone: +43 (0)463 40223

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7. Klopeiner See-Turnersee: mountain panormas and not to be underestimated

Klopeiner See-Turnersee Golf Club

If you head east from the Carinthian capital of Klagenfurt, you will soon come to the turnoff for Lake Klopein, one of Carinthia’s warmest recreational lakes. On hot summer days the water can easily reach a temperature of 28 degrees Celsius. It is also the road to the golf course, just a few minutes’ drive from Lake Klopein and next to another small, idyllic lake, Turnersee.

Klopein boasts the most beautiful panoramic mountain view of all the golf courses in Carinthia; after your round, the view to the Hochobir, Petzen and Steiner Alpen summits can ideally be savoured over a drink from the terrace at the 19th.

This relatively new course is now well established. The trees lining the fairways have grown quite tall, making the course look more like a huge park. Although designed to be physically not overly strenuous with its gently undulating terrain, the technical demands the course makes on players are tougher than they appear at first glance. Although the fairways are quite wide and open, the greens are guarded by well-placed bunkers which will catch out the unsuspecting. It was here at Klopein that Franz Klammer played the best round of his life when he got back to the clubhouse at one under par.

Klopeiner See-Turnersee is also unusual in combining sport and the arts – fourteen sculptures created by thirteen renowned artists are on display around the course.

For further information:
Golfanlage Klopeiner See-Turnersee, Grabelsdorf 94, A-9122 St. Kanzian
Web: http://www.golfland.kaernten.at/klopeinersee/?LAid=1
E-mail: office@golfklopein.at
Telephone: +43 (0)4239 3800

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8. Wolfsberg-Hattendorf: charming countryside

The Wolfsberg-Hattendorf Golf Club

It is almost exactly 170 kilometres from Carinthia’s most westerly course, Draugolf, to its most easterly, the family-owned Wolfsberg. Located in the scenic Lavant Valley, it has grown from a driving range and a couple of holes into a real nine-hole compact course which boasts two par-four holes.

While ideal for beginners, just because Hattendorf is "only" a compact course doesn’t mean to say that it’s easy going all the way round. If you want a half decent score, you need to play an accurate game and choose the right irons. For the two par-four holes, it’s a good idea to take your woods with you, but only if you’re sure you won’t slice or hook.

But perhaps the best hole of all at Hattendorf is the nineteenth! Housed in converted stables, the restaurant serves excellent Carinthian specialities. It's also worth knowing that the partially enclosed driving range even allows players to practice with free balls!

For further information:
Golfanlage Wolfsberg, Hattendorf 25, A-9411 St. Michael/Lavanttal
Web: http://www.golfland.kaernten.at/wolfsberg/?LAid=1
E-mail: gcwolfsberg@golf.at
Telephone: +43 (0)4352 61688

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9. Tarvisio Golf Country Club (in Italy)

Tarvisio Golf &Country Club
Tarvisio G&CC

The Golf Club of Tarvisio is situated on the beautiful borders of Italy, Austria and Slovenija. It offers tourists the magnificent scenery of the Eastern Alps, filled with large forests and scenic mountain tops.

For further information:
Via Priesnig, 5 33018 Tarvisio (UD)
Web: http://www.golftarvisio.com/gb/index.htm
E-mail: golftarvisio@libero.it
Telephone: +39 (0)428 2047

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10. Grado Golf and Country Club (in Italy)

Grado Golf and Country Club
Grado Golf and Country Club

This charming but challenging course is set around a lagoon with a number of doglegs, several island greens and numerous water hazards, as well as abundant bunkering and undulating greens. Although not very long at 5,746 metres (6,284 yards), certain holes will favour the bigger hitters, but only if they're very straight!

For further information:
Via Monfalcone 27, I-34073 GRADO (GO)
Web: http://www.tenuta-primero.com/index2.php/lingua=uk
E-mail: golf@tenuta-primero.com
Telephone: +39 (0)431 896 896

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11. Bled Golf and Country Club (in Slovenia)

Bled Golf and Country Club
Bled Golf and Country Club - l to r: aerial view, the King's Course and The Lake Course

The championship 18 hole King's Course, re-designed in 1972 by Donald Harradine, and the 9 hole Lake Course spread over almost a hundred hectares of land. They are distinguished by a luxurious sense of space and the generous arrangement of their playing areas. The exceptional natural surroundings make each hole a unique experience.

The Bled golf course has further promoted its environmental awareness through joining to the international environmental protection project for golf courses called also Committed to Green.
Bled Golf Course is 47 km from the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, mostly by motorway, which means just over half an hour's drive.

For further information:
Web: http://www.golf.bled.si/
E-mail: info@golf.bled.si
Telephone: +386 (0)4537 7711

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The Golf In Austria catalogue


For further information, or to order the free Golfland Kärnten catalogue and discover the full range of hotels, packages and golf clubs, you can contact Golfland Kärnten in any of the following ways:

Kärnten Tourist Office
Casinoplatz 1
9220 Velden

Tel. +43 (0)463 3000
Fax: +43 (0)4274 52100-50
Web: http://www.carinthia-info.at
E-mail: info@kaernten.at




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