KITZBÜGEL has lengthy been a preferred vacation spot for skiers and snowboarders in winter, in addition to hikers and outside lovers in summer time.
Nevertheless, many Britons will not be conscious that the Tyrolean city additionally has the very best number of golf programs within the Alps. From June to October, its lovely mountains and meadows are dotted not solely with outdated haylings, however golfers making their manner by immaculate fairways, bunkers and lawns.
Lots of the metropolis’s inns provide packages that embrace discipline use charges – amongst them was the bottom for my four-day journey, the five-star Tennerhof. Inbuilt 1679, this romantic visitor home is situated on a secluded hillside just a few hundred yards from the Kitzbüheler Horn cable automobile. With virtually 50 rooms, suites, flats and chalets to select from, most of them with breathtaking views of the town and the 1712-meter-high Hahnenkamm, the mix of conventional Tyrolean hospitality and luxurious makes it the perfect touchdown spot for golfers. It options indoor and outside swimming pools, a big backyard and an unique Spa de Charme with saunas, steam bathtub, solarium and leisure rooms.
The Kupferstube is the Tennerhof’s award-winning restaurant serving the famend in depth breakfast buffet, mouth-watering pastries and desk set with omelettes to order. Within the night, the lodge turns into top-of-the-line eating spots on the town.
By way of golf, my first vacation spot for the week was the Purple Bull Rasmushof Golf Course. This rugged nine-hole par-three golf course simply off the end line of the world well-known Streif downhill snowboarding path on the foot of the Hahnenkamm mountain is right for entering into the rhythm. The following day, I met with my taking part in accomplice and membership supervisor Guido to play on the 18-hole Kitzbühel-Schwarzsee-Wright golf course.
First opened in 1989, nestled between the hilly foothills of Bihlach, the rocky peaks of the Wilder Kaiser and the mighty Kitzbühel Horn, it has a mixture of terrain together with flat fairways, rolling stretches, intricate water hazards and rugged lawns.
My third spherical of the week was at Eichenheim-Kitzbühel, designed by Kyle Phillips, the American behind Kingsbarns hyperlinks close to St Andrews. From the primary gap – a exact drive by a slim gorge to a garden – to the final, steep hill plagued by bunkers, it was not straightforward. However the views are spectacular, with holes for kicks from the dais and steep climbs subsequent to pure streams and dense deciduous forests.
The cobbled medieval streets of Kitzbühel have a relaxed environment. In the summertime, vacationers make their manner alongside 1,000 km of mountain climbing trails and 800 km of mountain bike trails. I dined at two of the town’s high-quality eating places, the Lisi household lodge and the posh Kitjof lodge.
Earlier than flying residence, I had 9 holes on the Kitzbühel Caps Golf Membership. Fifty years after its founding on the magnificent grounds of Kaps Citadel, the renewed discipline reopened in 2006. Though there are solely 9 holes, every one is completely different, and the course on the sunny aspect of Kitzbühel is often thought-about the very best 9. gap course in Austria. I performed it with Johannes of the Vacationer Fee and performed my finest golf of the week, together with the excessive pin iron as much as ninth (the much less mentioned concerning the subsequent three pictures, the higher!).
By way of golf, it has been every week of ups and downs for me. However, just like the snow that covers this lovely a part of the world for six months, any disappointment melts whenever you play in an alpine paradise.
l Richard Jones stayed on the five-star Tennerhof Connoisseur & Spa de Charme in Kitzbühel. Costs begin at £ 170 per evening for a double room. Go to tennerhof.com or name +43 535663181. Return flights to Salzburg from the UK on ryanair.com begin at £ 40 each methods. To search out out extra concerning the golf programs Richard performed on, go to kitzbuehel.com/en/golf.