Rally driving champion Franz Wittmann is the 'driving force' behind the 28 hole golf facility at Golf Club Adamstal in Austria.
The club was founded in 1994 when Wittmann employed architect Jeff Howes to design a 9 hole course. It opened a year later.
Howes had served his apprenticeship over 25 years working on projects through Europe and the UK including Fota Island in Ireland.
In 1998 Wittmann employed Howes to extend the facility to 18 holes, and then asked him to return again in 2006 when a further nine holes named The Wallenbach course was developed. The 18/19 hole tournament course was named The Championship course
Notably The Wallenbach course includes some holes that were in the original eighteen completed in 1998
The facility now has 28 holes with the addition of the drop shot 'betting hole' 19th on the Championship Course
The sites for both courses are quite dramatic.
The mountainous terrain has been heavily massaged to produce golf holes threaded through dense forest and across, up and down some severe slopes.
The land looks more suited to a ski run rather than a golf course!
It has certainly taken some imagination and a lot of heavy machinery to produce what is now a very entertaining course
After a relatively flat first hole the next nine holes gradually wind their way up the mountain, peaking on the 11th tee.
Needless to say the views are superb- this is one of the most scenic courses in Europe.
Importantly, the quality of the golf is world class- it's a nice combination.
Notable holes include:
- the short dogleg par 4 fifth hole- a picturesque hole with rock outcroppings framing the hole
- the short par 3 sixth hole with lake on the left and picturesque background
- the long and challenging par 5 seventh known as The Green Monster- it is very challenging and dramatic- and scenic at the same time (see pic top of page)
- the short dogleg par 4 seventeenth hole has a magnificent green setting with panoramic views
Travelling Golfers visiting Vienna should not miss the opportunity to spend time at Adamstal.
The accommodation on site is delightful so an overnight stay is recommended.
As well as playing the Championship course you should leave time to play the nine hole Wallenbach course.
It's a hoot!
We rate Adamstal as a Travelling Golfer 'must play!'
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