Fairway to heaven: A guide to the finest golf courses in Germany, Switzerland and Austria
Golfclub Schloss Schönborn

Fairway to heaven: A guide to the finest golf courses in Germany, Switzerland and Austria

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Golf is becoming more and more popular throughout the world. Once considered a sport for the more privileged, it has become a great activity for everyone seeking solitude in natural surroundings and a great way to stay active. Just in time for summer, we take a closer look at some of the best golf courses in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

In Germany, the trajectory of golf has been marked by significant growth, evidenced by the substantial increase in the number of golf clubs and golfers over the years. From 635,000 active golfers in 2012, the number rose to 673,000 by 2021, showcasing a steady climb in participation. With 837 courses dotting the landscape as of 2021, concentrated largely in the southern and western realms, and the spotlight on notable German golfers like Bernhard Langer and Martin Kaymer, the narrative of golf in Germany is one of immense pride and growth.

Golf tourism significantly contributes to Germany’s economy by attracting both local and international visitors who engage in golf-related activities, driving revenue for adjacent businesses such as hotels and restaurants. The central location of Germany in Europe makes it a prime destination, easily accessible to tourists from various global regions. This accessibility, coupled with Germany’s scenic beauty and robust tourism infrastructure, uniquely positions it to capitalize on the growing golf tourism market.

With a market share of 15.4% in 2023, expected to slightly decrease to 13.8% by 2033, Germany remains a key player in the European golf tourism sector. Tourists engaged in golf spend considerably on various amenities including accommodation, dining, and travel, which underscores the broader economic impact of this sport [15]. This expenditure is part of a larger trend where sports tourism, including golf, is becoming increasingly popular, with the European sports tourism market expected to reach nearly €7 billion by 2023.

Alpine heritage and more: Top Austrian courses

Austria is a skiing nation, no doubt, but golf is a big thing, too. And Franz Klammer is by no means the only well-known name regularly spotted on the grass. Home to some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, Austria attracts beginners and pros alike, completing their holes in beautiful settings, stunning mountain and lake views included. Franz Klammer’s home Carinthia and Tirol are especially well-known for their courses. Here are some of our favourites.

Located just 30 minutes away from Vienna, the Diamond Country Club is a true gem among golf courses in Austria. With its 18-hole championship course, designed by Jeremy Pern, this course has hosted numerous prestigious tournaments, including the European Tour’s Lyoness Open. In 2024, the Diamond Country Club will continue to shine with its lush fairways, challenging bunkers, and stunning views of the surrounding countryside. With its state-of-the-art facilities and top-notch service, it is no wonder that this course is a favourite among both amateur and professional golfers.

Nestled in the heart of the Austrian Alps, the Golfclub Adamstal is a true paradise for golfers. Designed by Jeff Howes and opened in 1997, this course is known for its natural layout, challenging terrain, and breathtaking views. In 2024, the Golfclub Adamstal will continue to attract golfers from all over the world with its unique combination of mountain and lake views, making it a truly unforgettable golfing experience. With its commitment to sustainability and preservation of the natural environment, this course is not only a treat for the eyes but also for the soul.

Located in Lower Austria, the Golfclub Schloss Schönborn is a true masterpiece of golf course architecture. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., this course is known for its challenging layout, with water hazards and strategically placed bunkers, making it a test of skill for even the most experienced golfers. In 2024, this course will continue to impress with its impeccable maintenance, stunning scenery, and top-notch facilities. With its close proximity to Vienna, it is the perfect destination for a day trip or a weekend getaway.

We furthermore have the Golfclub Zell am See – Kaprun, located in the picturesque town of Zell am See in the Austrian Alps. This course is a true paradise for nature lovers, with its stunning views of the mountains and the crystal-clear Zeller See lake. Designed by Don Harradine and opened in 1982, this course has undergone major renovations in recent years, making it one of the most modern and well-maintained courses in Austria. In 2024, the Golfclub Zell am See – Kaprun will continue to impress with its challenging layout, impeccable service, and breathtaking scenery.