Magic of the mountains

Austria opens up to golfers, plus travel news from Egypt, Ireland and Newfoundland...

Bob Warters's picture
Tue, 2 Mar 2004

Austrian golf - spectacular

There has been much discussion among golfers – many of them on the golfmagic forum – about popular, recommended destinations, including France, Spain, Portugal and even Belgium.

One country that rarely gets a mention is Austria – home to 126 courses, most of which are spectacular with a mountain backdrop.

Longshot Golf’s senior product manager Sean Noble says this Alpine region has ‘great golf courses, breathtaking scenery, first class cuisine and a perfect climate for golf from May to mid-October.’ You can even combine golf and ski-ing.

Average temperatures, during the summer season range from 16 degree C. to 25C temperatures of 16-25 °C between May and October, with short flights to Salzburg from Birmingham, Southampton and Stansted, tee time availability and moderate green fees.

The Zell am See and Kaprun area is only an hour’s drive from Salzburg and is home to the Kitzsteinhorn and Schmittenhöhe courses named after towering peaks in the distance. Here you can ski on the glacier in the morning and play 18 holes before the sun goes down.

Kitzbühel, which hosts the legendary Hahnenkamm ski races, also has three excellent courses - Eichenheim, Schwarzsee and Wilder Kaiser.

Prices with Longshot, including flights, range from £309 per person. Further details on or call 0870 609 0995.

Pyramids golf.

Hilton Worldwide Resorts is currently promoting 16 golf resorts in exotic locations including the Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort at Giza in Egypt and the Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa in Thailand.

Hilton guests have a choice of 133 golf courses – all within 30 minutes drive from their resorts.

New resorts to open in the next two years include Bali, Dubrovnik, Philippines, Barbados, Phuket, Fiji, Venice, France, Seychelles, Miami and New Mexico.

For further information visit www.hiltonworldresorts.comor call toll free +800 44 45 86 68

Mountain golf at Humber Valley.

Barwell Leisure, perhaps best known for its exclusive golf and tennis holidays at La Manga in Southern Spain, is launching a direct service from the Gatwick to the new Canadian resort of Humber Valley, West Newfoundland on March 25.

A range of packages are planned this summer extended next January into the ski season.

The resort features lakeside and alpine lodges overlooking the spectacular Eagles Perch course and the Marble Mountain ski resort nearby.

With a flight time to Deer Lake airport with the Astraeus airline of under six hours, Humber Valley is probably North America’s most accessible resort from the UK.

For further information visit

Book Carnoustie online.

Carnoustie in Scotland is the first Open Championship venue to offer a free online booking service enabling golfers to use a credit card to book tee times up to six months in advance.

At golfers can check availability on any particular day before securing a starting time through a simple, secure credit card transaction.

Says Graeme Duncan, Manager of the Carnoustie Golf Links: "It takes only a matter of minutes to make a booking and we will confirm it by return."

Carnoustie was recently announced as the venue for the 2007 Open Championship, the seventh it has staged. For further information call 01241 417015 (email:

With Ireland gearing up for three major events within the next three years, the Emerald Isle has never been a better place to visit for a golfing holiday.

The Nissan Irish Open will be held this year at County Louth GC from July 22-25, the WGC American Express at Mount Juliet, Co.Kilkenny from September 30 to October 3 and the 36th Ryder Cup at the K Club, Co.Kildare from September 22-24, 2006.

There are also new course developments open at Doonbeg, Co.Clare (designed by Greg Norman), Heritage, Co Laois (Seve Ballesteros) and Seafield, Cio wexford (Peter McEvoy). Dromoland Castle is due to open in April next year.

If your interested in golf abroad then take a look at our Travel Partners who specialise in golfing breaks to European and Worldwide destinations.



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