Friday, 06 July 2007

The Golfclub Adamstal is situated in Ramsau near Hainfeld, in the Lower Austrian “Alpenvorland”, only app. 45 minutes from the Western parts of Vienna. When approaching the area nobody would expect to find a golf course amidst  the idyllic pre-alpine mountains.

It was the idea of Franz Wittmann and his partner Hans Zöchling to establish a golf club for members and guests where they can enjoy their game far away from the stress and the noise of the city in the sparkling clear air of the scenic mountains. They started to build their own golf course in the small valley “Adamstal” and 9 holes were opened in 1995.

The Canadian born Irish golf course designer Jeff Howes submitted his ideas about an expansion of the course and in 1997/98 the course was extended to 18 holes.
And while the first 9 holes are stretched along the valley of a small streamlet and are more or less flat the second 9 are winding up- and downwards with scenic views in between.

The GC Adamstal soon became quite well-known in Austria not only for its magnificent views and sights and the excellent food in the clubhouse but also for its perfect course conditions and therefore it’s no wonder that it can also be found among the “Austrian Leading Golf Courses”.

But now – on June 16th – further 10 holes were opened and so the club has 28(!) holes. The flat 9-holes-course “Wallerbach”, the previous holes 10 to 18 and the 18 holes “Championship Course” and a “Bye-hole”, the former 9th. The new Championship course with a par of 70 measures 5919m (6476 yards) from the back tees and has a slope rating of 136.

The first 4 holes are unchanged - except for fewer trees - all in all more than 1000 over the whole course were overturned or uprooted by “Cyril” last winter. The 1st hole is a short and flat par 4 along the country road, followed by the steep up-hill par-4 2nd. The 3rd hole is a reachable dogleg par-5. In order to reach the back-tee of the 4th we have to walk the serpentine paths, but the players will be shuttled.

The 4th is another up-hill dogleg par-4. But commencing from hole 5 six consecutive new holes follow, practically winding themselves in two terraces around the mountain: hole 5 a wonderful par-4 dogleg to the right, the 6th a lovely water hazard par-3 and the 7th, a long and slightly up-hill double dogleg par-5, followed by the long par-3 8th and long par-4 9th back to the “halfway-house”, a mountain hut with a small terrace overlooking the whole region. The tee-box of the par-4 10th offers a glorious panoramic view. With the 11th hole we return to the old downhill 5th with another great view, followed by the new par-3 12th.  

The former 6th hole and with index 1 the most difficult, now figures as hole no. 13! 14 is the old 7th and now comes hole no. 15, an up-hill par-5 with an old dug-up wine-cellar (!) on the right of the fairway. The 16th is another long par-3 and the17th a long dog-leg par-4 with another spectacular view from the highest point of the course. From there we have to follow a rather long path downhill to the 18th par-3, the former 8th.

Here at the 18th tee– amidst the alpine flora - a MAN truck is waiting for a professional golfer playing in the MAN NÖ-Open to hole-out in one! On the way back down to the clubhouse and a fresh mountain trout for dinner we pass the “bye-hole”, the old hole 9th.

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