European Golf Design have been appointed to design a new golf course in Austria. Golfplatz Anif is being developed by a group of local investors with the intention of becoming the leading private golf club in the Salzburg region.
The site is located in the village of Anif, 5km south of Salzburg and sits upon the flat former floodplain of the adjoining Salzach river. Towering alpine peaks fill the southern skyline and to the west the site is flanked by the dramatic moated castle of Schloss Anif, made famous as a location in ‘The Sound of Music’.
The site is a mixture of commercial woodland and open farmland pasture, with eight holes set within the forest and the remainder wandering through alpine meadows. The 18 hole course measures 6,140 metres, Par 72 and features minimal earth movement, with several holes built entirely at existing grade.
The course will be a rustic style with long fescue grass roughs. The site is environmentally sensitive and EGD are working in close association with environmental consultants to ensure that the golf course will enhance and protect the many valuable flora and fauna habitats within the project site.
Following a recent site visit, EGD designer Robin Hiseman said: “We are delighted to be involved with this project. The site is gorgeous and we will be designing an exciting and beautiful course that blends harmoniously with the environmentally sensitive alpine scenery. The routing is completed and we have many holes that will make the most of what the site has to offer. We expect it to be a very attractive course.”
European Golf Design are the joint venture design company of the European Tour and IMG. Formed in 1992 European Golf Design have designed over 30 courses throughout Europe, The Middle East and South Africa with another 30 currently in the design or construction phase.
The Twenty Ten Ryder Cup Course at Celtic Manor is a European Golf Design course. Projects currently under design and construction include those in Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Holland, Portugal, Russia and South Africa.
European Golf Design www.egd.com