If there's one thing that makes a game of golf unique in South Tyrol, it's the Dolomite panorama encircling the courses. Vast swathes of green, breathtaking landscapes that are blanketed by the snows in winter, crystal-clear water hazards and streams to overcome as you make your way to the hole. Honing your swing on a South Tyrolean green in a unique natural setting is an experience that is well-worth trying.
Although considered to be a niche sport by many, it is coming back into vogue as an engaging, trendy activity: More and more golfing fans are coming to Alto Adige with their clubs for a relaxing holiday and the chance to get a round or two in, a trend which has been confirmed by the increasing number of guests from Austria, Switzerland and Bavaria and, more recently, from Belgium and the Czech Republic. And although it’s fair to say that South Tyrol does not look back on a long golfing tradition, there is certainly no lack of courses in the valleys and the mountains to offer you a challenge. There are nine in all, each with its own particular character, a few of them not far from Bolzano.
The undulating eighteen-hole course on the Alpe di Siusi is best-suited to the more experienced golfer, while the nine-hole “Mountain Beast" course at Passo Carezza is one with a record to boast: it is the oldest in South Tyrol and was popular with European aristocracy at the beginning of the last century.
The steep slopes here are a paradise for any golfer who wants to tackle a variety of levels of difficulty. The Appiano Golf Club - "The Blue Monster" - is set in the valley. Easier than the Alpine courses near the Dolomites, it features a large number of water hazards. And to round off, there are a number of practice fields to perfect your short shots. The closest to Bolzano is the Freudenstein Training Centre in Appiano.
(Translated into English / Photos: Golf in Südtirol)