Holes 7, 8 and 9 at Golfclub Sedrun and river Rhine to the right (Photo credits, member Flopic7)
The 9 hole golf course is 2785 meters long and was designed by Peter
Harradine. The setting is lovely throughout the course. You will hear
the river Rhine and some cow bells of the roaming animals next to the
course. The 3rd green is only a few meters away of the local
church. But the golf course is actually quite interesting and fun to
play too. It features three severely raised greens where your approach
shots are really tricky. We also liked the two driveable par 4 holes of
the course. The second one, the par 4 9th hole is the
signature hole of the course. It’s the only golf hole anywhere where you
need to play over the river Rhine. So overall a very fun and enjoyable
Golfclub Andermatt Realp
Golfclub Andermatt Realp: the “most alpine golfcourse in the world” (Photo credits, member Flopic7)
It’s the only golf course known to me which does not show the length of
the hole or the height difference on the tee markers. The club website
suggests that the course is best played with a light carry bag.
Selecting the right club for your next shot is a big challenge here. The
altitude, height difference and the wind are factors that also need to
be considered. I really liked that the course has alternating tee boxes
on most holes. If you choose to play 18 holes, you can have different
angles and yardages the second time round. Overall the course is a
challenging and a very unique experience that shouldn’t be missed when
in the area.
Andermatt Swiss Alps
Beautifully built into the existing landscape: the punchbowl green at the 4th hole (Photo credits, member Flopic7)
The newest course in the area is Andermatt Swiss Alps
It’s an 18 hole course which officially opened in 2016 and was designed
by the well respected German architect Kurt Rossknecht. What you don’t
see today is, that the course was quite a challenge to be built. One
part of the course used to be a military test side and another part was
mostly wetlands. It’s quite an architectural feat to play the course on
dry and perfectly conditioned fairways as today.
The course is laid out on two different sections. The holes closer to
the clubhouse are on the flatter part and feature quite a few water
hazards and several well-placed bunkers. The strongest holes of the
course are on the more undulated section though where several holes were
beautifully built into the existing landscape and rocky outcrops serve
as natural hazards. It also needs to be mentioned that Andermatt Swiss
Alps is a very windy site. A morning round with no wind can play a few
strokes easier than a round later in the day if the wind has picked up.
Especially the 17th – a long par-4 – is a brute into the
prevailing wind. But that only keeps things interesting and I wouldn’t
get tired playing the course multiple times!
The Andermatt Swiss Alps golf course is part of a larger development
project. Egyptian billionaire Samih Sawiris was invited to come to
Andermatt in February 2005 to develop a tourism development concept for
the region. Sawiris was very impressed by the Urseren Valley that he
decided to present a project himself for which he founded Andermatt Swiss Alps AG
A major part of the investment from Sawiris has been the development
of the golf course but it also opened up opportunities for the
construction, sale and operation of apartment buildings and hotels in
The development is very interesting from a property standpoint, partly
due to the way it’s built but also because property is “Lex Koller
exempt”, which basically means that it’s available for investment for
international and UK buyers. Property ranges from around £300,000 to £3+
million so there’s a great range to choose from.
What else to do?
Well obviously, Andermatt is also a great ski destination. If you choose
to come early in the season you might be able to combine some ski and
golf. If you prefer to go in high summer or autumn you will find plenty
of opportunities to go hiking, mountain climbing or biking – on the road
or in the mountains. And if you prefer to do something less physical,
the village of Andermatt is also nice to just stroll around.
Andermatt village (Photo credits, member Flopic7)