The Kaiser Mountains and Kitzbühel are well known as a Winter hotspot. After all the world’s most notorious skiing race, the Hahnenkamm race, is held in the region every year. Maybe less known is the fact that Wilder Kaiser and Kitzbühel is also a great summer destination and has 11 golf courses within an hours drive to offer. Reason enough to give this destination a visit!
We played three courses on this trip: Golfclub Kitzbüheler Alpen Westendorf, Golfclub Wilder Kaiser and Golfclub Kitzbühel, which are all Golf Alpin clubs. All three courses are quite close together and can be easily combined on a golf trip.
Golfclub Kitzbüheler Alpen Westendorf
The first stop on this trip was Golfclub Kitzbüheler Alpen Westendorf. It is the newest course in the region and was designed by Austria’s most successful golf course architect Diethard Fahrenleitner. On the first tee I met Gabi and Uwe, who I was paired with for the round. Both are coming to Kitzbühel for vacation every year since 1990 and told me that Westendorf is their favourite course in the region. That surely raised my anticipation for the round. Westendorf was opened in 2014 but already feels quite mature as the holes were laid out in a forest and you are basically playing in between mature trees.
The course seems short on the scorecard with 5882 meters from the back tees but you have to play smart to score. Play too aggressive and pay the price. What I enjoyed most on the course was its peaceful setting. You could hardly hear any noise and you really felt the nature around you.
Golfclub Wilder Kaiser
Golfclub Wilder Kaiser has three 9 hole loops to offer. The courses Wilder Kaiser and Ellmau are considered as the Championship course. Course Tirol can also be played by higher handicap players. The courses are laid out on 88 hectares on the foothill of the Kaiser Mountains. And let me tell you: the views of the surrounding mountains are spectacular!
All three courses at Golfclub Wilder Kaiser are easy to walk and a cart is not a must. Conditioning of the courses was as good as it gets and the putting surfaces were a real challenge to putt on. Our favourite course in our group was actually course Tirol. It’s the shortest of the three loops at Wilder Kaiser but it was also the most fun for us. And it’s far from an executive course. We played the 27 holes on two consecutive days and never got bored.
The final course of our golf trip was Golfclub Kitzbühel. The course is located above Kitzbühel and offers some nice views of the city. It has the reputation of Austria’s best 9 hole course and based on what I have seen, I can’t disagree. The original course was designed by Harry Colt’s associate John Morrison in 1955 and was completely redesigned by Max Lamberg in 2005. Today the 9 holes feature lots of water hazards (water is in play on 7 of the 9 holes) while still keeping some of its old tree population. The course is a bit hilly but still an easy walk. The highlight of Golfclub Kitzbühel is certainly the two finishing holes. Both feature an island green and are an exciting finish of the round.
What else to do apart from golf?
As we stayed in Ellmau we also had to take a look at the film set of the medical drama television series “Der Bergdoktor”. The series is quite successful and broadcasted into 13 countries. I have to admit that I am not really a fan of the “Bergdoktor” but it’s still cool to get some insights on where and how it is filmed.
We also took a taxi to Brenneralm one night. The restaurant serves delicious local food and is located high above Ellmau with fantastic views of the surrounding mountains.
We stayed at Sporthotel Ellmau. It is a nice and comfortable 4* hotel located directly next to Golfclub Wilder Kaiser. My favourite part of the hotel was the direct view onto the golfcourse and the Kaiser Mountains. It really sets the tone for the day waking up with an awesome view like that.
On my way back home I also stayed one night at Hotel Puradies in Leogang. It is a fairly new 4* Superior hotel. I especially enjoyed the well sorted bar of the hotel. The design of the bar is quite unique and received several design awards. The hotel has 2 golf courses in close proximity: Golfclub Gut Brandlhof and Golfclub Urslautal. I couldn’t play both of these courses but it’s definitely on my to do list for next time. 🙂