Golf Club Adamstal in Austria is one of central Europe's best kept secrets
People often ask me about my favorite golf course in Austria. I am reluctant to answer the question, but I always tell them which I consider to be the “most spectacular” track. The word “spectacular” is (ab)used by golf writers (possibly including myself) way too frequently. However, spectacular describes the Golfclub Adamstal in the truest sense of the word.
The club is located about an hour’s drive from the capital city Vienna. It is situated in a mountainous part that is not densely populated at all. The secluded location combined with the spectacular setting and scenery make up for a unique charm. Besides the traditional clubhouse there are basically no buildings or anything man-made that golfers see during their round. This truly makes a round a walk through unspoiled nature (except for the nicely manicured greens, fairways and tees).
Owner and Club President Franz Wittmann is a former rally champion, and past president of the Austrian Golf Federation. Canadian Jeff Howes (whose office is located in Ireland), who used to serve as a disciple of Jack Nicklaus, laid out all 28 holes. The club originally had one 18 hole course before 10 more holes were added in 2007. Now visitors can choose between the 19-hole Championship Course and the nine-hole Wallerbach Course. The Championship Course used to host a European Challenge Tour event (Europe’s answer to the Web.com Tour). The design is characterized by amazing scenery, views to die for and a great variety of holes. While other clubs have one signature hole, this course has a number of holes, which can make that claim. Among my favorites are no. 7 (an S-shaped par 5 which requires three perfect shots to hit the green), no. 9 (a par 4 with a bite off as much as you dare tee shot) and no. 17 (a par 4 with an infinity green and maybe my favorite view on the course). The 19th hole is a drop-down par 3 where the tee shot seems to stay in the air forever.
The Wallerbach Course used to be the back nine of the original 18-hole layout but is now a separate nine-hole course. It has a few fun holes and is ideal for a warm up but not quite as spectacular as the Championship Course.
If you come to Austria, the GC Adamstal is a must-play in my book! I play there at least once a year and on a clear and sunny day, the experience is hard to beat.
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