Golfing in Kitzbühel Pick Your Course
Hardly any other region in Austria offers such splendid golfing conditions as Kitzbühel and its surroundings.
Situated in the middle of majestic mountain scenery, this village in the Tirolean Alps is a veritable Shangri-la for golfers. Where else can you get your choice of nearly 35 first rate courses complete with Alpine charm?
Kitzbühel itself offers four spectacular courses suitable for everyone from beginners to scratch golfers. Plus, there are another 30 courses sprinkled throughout in the region. Meaning, it’s possible to spend a month and hit a different course every day.
You can even make it fun for the whole family - all of the golf clubs in Kitzbühel offer children’s classes. Judging by the number of Austrian juniors making a name for themselves, these classes must be quite good.
Consider booking a package through one of the area’s hotels. Many, like the Kempinski das Tirol, offer deals that include lodging, green fees, spa services, and more.
Or, consider buying the Golf Alpin Card, which lets you choose among more than 30 Golf Alpin clubs in Tirol and the SalzburgerLand. The card, which can be purchased through area golf clubs and hotels, covers five greens fees, and can be used by two people.
Real fans will want to combine their own golfing adventure with a visit to the “Triple G” (it stands for golf, gourmet, and glamour) tournament in July. Sponsored by Kempinski Hotels, this event combines a golf tournament, a gala dinner, tasty treats served on the course, and all the glamour of Kitzbühel.
Golf season runs April to October (or November, depending on the club and weather). Peak season is mid-July through mid-September, at which time you can expect to pay higher greens fees at some of the clubs. But no matter which season you choose, it’s best to reserve a tee time ahead of time. Keep reading to learn more about Kitzbühel’s four main golf courses.
The 18-hole course at Kitzbühel-Schwarzsee-Reith (Golfweg 35, 6370 Kitzbühel) may be the most stunning course a golfer will ever play. Located just 2.5 miles from the center of Kitzbühel, this course offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, including Wilder Kaiser, Kitzbühler Horn, Astberg, and Rauher Kopf, as well as lush forests and rolling meadows.
The undulating landscape, tricky water hazards, and flat fairways make the course fun to play. This course is rated moderate to hard, and is open to anyone with a handicap of 45 or less.
Fairways 1 to 9 are fairly flat; holes 10 to 18 are hilly. The par-3 hole 16, called “The Mousetrap,” is perhaps the most unusual of the course - you can only reach it by crossing a small ravine.
Post-play, relax on the sun terrace or check out the culinary delights of the club’s restaurant. Don’t be too surprised if you hear a local player referring to “hole 20,” which is the nearby Schwarzsee Lake, a wonderful spot for relaxing and sunbathing.
Eichenheim (Eichenheim 8, 6370 Kitzbühel) ranks as one of the finest golf courses in Austria. Designed by American architect Kyle Phillips, the course presents a unique challenge for any passionate golfer. The four-mile, par-71 course is carved into the mountainside and offers breathtaking views from nearly every hole. From the fairways, golfers can admire the beauty of the Wilder Kaiser and Hohe Tauern mountains, as well as bubbling streams and leafy forests.
This course is rated moderate to hard, and is open to anyone with a handicap of 45 or less. You’ll want to use one of the club’s electric carts, which are equipped with GPS. You’ll need one to make your way around this long, challenging course.
If you’re not interested in playing 18 holes, stop by the club’s driving range. It has 30 tees, as well as a practice bunker and putting green.
When you’re done, sip an aperitif at the lounge while you enjoy views of the Kitzbühel valley, grab a snack at the bistro, or enjoy a gourmet meal at the Petit Tirolia restaurant.
The nine-hole course at Rasmushof (Hermann Reisch Weg 15, 6370 Kitzbühel) is located at the finish area of the legendary “Streif” downhill run. The fairways have been well positioned to take advantage of the scenery - to the east, the Kitzbüheler Horn rises sharply, and to the north sits Wilder Kaiser.
The fairways are suitable both for beginners and for advanced players. The course is rated easy - and is open to players with a handicap of 54 or lower. Rasmushof also offers a golf school, covered driving range, pitch and putt green, pro shop,
Best of all, the club is located just a five-minute walk from the center of Kitzbühel, so you won’t have to travel far to get in some tee time.
The Kitzbühel course (Ried Kaps 7, 6370 Kitzbühel) may only be nine holes, but it offers something no other course can offer: a castle on the course. Kapser Castle gives this course the name locals know it by - Kitzbühel Kaps - as well as a certain fairytale charm. This is the oldest club in the region, and it was recently refurbished to make it even more beautiful.
It’s a short course, but it offers undulating terrain and two unique island greens at holes 8 and 9. Factor in the magnificent mountain views and sunny location, and you have one of the most beautiful courses in Austria.
The course is rated moderate to hard, and is open to players with a handicap of 36 or lower. There is no driving range here, but there is a lovely terrace overlooking the course, as well as a first-class steakhouse.
Whether you play one of these four courses, or try another of the 30 in the region, you’ll enjoy a great game among breathtaking scenery. Kitzbühel truly is the golf capital of Austria.