St Moritz: Tees on top of the world!

Kulm Hotel a spectacular base for Swiss golf

Alan Hedley
Wed, 27 Apr 2011

St Moritz in Switzerland, already acknowledged as one of the world’s most stylish ski resorts, is now looking to make its mark as Europe's most glamorous golf destination. 

The Kulm Hotel is at the heart some appealing summer golf packages, which include clinics, pro-ams and gourmet eating with Costantino Rocca, one of Italy's golfing heroes and the opportunity to  play nearby Samedan - the oldest 18-hole golf course in Switzerland - Zuoz and Alvaneu.

The hotel, which has it's own spectacular 9-hole course has stunning views of the town and Lake St Moritz but is perhaps best known for its links to the famous Cresta Run and winter sports. However, the quality of the golf courses in the Engadine Valley is something to behold for the golfer who likes to admire their surroundings.

From June to October, you can play all four courses, which are among the highest in Europe and surrounded by magnificent Alpine panoramas and blue, summer skies with almost guaranteed 322 days of sunshine throughout the year.

The Kulm Hotel offers a five-night Golf Safari featuring green fees at each of the four courses, a hearty breakfast and dinner at any while two- or three-night breaks includes play on three courses, half board and a wild herb Spa bath!

The par-27 Kulm course, opened 120 years ago, meanders past the St Moritz bobsleigh run and the former Olympic Stadium  and is made up entirely of par-3 and was renovated in 2001. There are some real testing holes, especially the uphill first, the tricky fifth and the 82-metre eighth. It also features a practice putting green and driving range and its own Chesa al Parc restaurant.

The Samedan course demands careful shot-making. It may be flat but there is plenty of water which comes into play on all but two holes.

The 12th plays over water and there are terrific par-3s at the seventh, 15th and 17th.
Its academy is staffed with five PGA pros making use of a generous short game area and 45 bays.

A buggy is recommended at Zuoz where trees and doglegs make it a demanding course. The fifth has two lakes to make you think about strategy, while the second shares a double green.

The 13th is a par-5 with an island green and water also comes into play at the next two holes.  The finishing stretch is magnificent allowing you to open your shoulders on the 18th. 

Alvaneu was extended to 18 holes in 2002 and with brooks, ponds, and strong bunkering, is a fine test. The course follows the Albula river valley from half way with the 12th hole outstanding from a hilltop tee.  Finally, beware the pond at the tricky 15th hole.

With 173 rooms, five restaurants, a spa and health club, 20-metre indoor pool, saunas gym and treatment rooms, the Kulm is well worth its five-star rating.

No wonder it was chosen to stage a two-day golf clinic with former European Tour and Ryder Cup player Rocca on July 15 and 16.

The package (from £1,190 per person) also features the chance to play in two pro-am tournaments - the Jubilee Trophy and the St Moritz Open. Other packages include clinics with top US instructor Robert Baker from August 27-September 3.

 

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