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 Wallenbach course heads straight into the slopes for the first three holes, but the remaining holes largely progress through thick forest on the valley floor.
Each of these holes has a creek in play and is claustrophobically tight, framed by thick forest at every turn.
The Wallenbach course does not have the spectacular views of the championship course, but each hole is an adventure in a gorgeous natural setting.
And it is no pushover!
You really need to manouvre your ball through each hole- keep it in play and you can score well..
Notable holes include:
- the crazy dog leg par 4 third hole which requires an accurate tee shot to the dog leg and then a blind approach to a green set in the trees way below- it is a big drop- perhaps up to 3 clubs less than it’s distance- and a unique and quirky hole
- the par 3’s at holes 5 & 7 are long and will punish anything slightly off line. Framed by creek and forest there is no room for error
- the long extremely narrow par 5 eighth hole is a beautiful hole and a little confronting- it is so tight in places, players can only walk single file!!!
(- well not really, but it is tight!)
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.
The Wallenbach course is a delight to play and really is just a nice place to be…
It is one of a number of 9 hole courses around the world which can’t be missed (see Nine Wonders of The Golfing World)
As well as playing the Wallenbach course you should definitely play the Championship Course
It is spectacular!
We rate Adamstal as a Travelling Golfer 'must play!'
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