Golf in the Wide, Open Spaces of Switzerland’s Engadine Valley
With overseas golf trips back on the agenda, this is the ideal time to visit the Engadine Valley in Switzerland and play a spectacular Alpine tour against a backdrop of majestic mountains and expansive blue skies.
Particularly as the area is easily accessible by car from every corner of Europe, enabling visitors to throw their clubs in the boot and maintain a socially distanced bubble on their travels to and around the destination, before heading home.
The Engadine Valley has some beautiful golf courses.
Kulm Golf St. Moritz par 3 golf course
Golf has long been associated with the Kulm Hotel, which built its own historic par-3 golf course as early as 1891. It was one of the first golf courses in Switzerland. The 9-hole, par 3 meanders up and down hills, past the Olympia Bob Run and the former Olympic Stadium. You will golf along shady pine forests whilst also enjoying a wonderful view over Lake St. Moritz, all just an iron-7 from the Kulm Hotel. Kulm Golf St. Moritz is built at an altitude of 1,860 meters, making it one of the highest golf courses in Europe. The mountainous course makes it a physically demanding golf course. The drinks after playing golf on the terrace of the Chesa al Parc clubhouse will taste all the sweeter. Furthermore, there is no better place to stay than the iconic Kulm Hotel St. Moritz (www.kulm.com) or the sister hotel Grand Hotel Kronenhof (www.kronenhof.com) in nearby Pontresina.
Engadine Golf Club
A 10 and 20 minute drive from the Kulm Hotel and Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Samedan and Zuoz-Madulain are the two golf courses of Engadine Golf Club. In 1893, Samedan was the first 18-hole golf course to open its doors in Switzerland. A classic, parkland golf course mainly located in the valley. Although some gently undulating holes and greens give the golf course a links feel . The broad fairways are flanked by ancient, gigantic larch trees, some of which are over 700 years old, whilst a host of water hazards make for a tricky golfing challenge.
Zuoz-Madulain Golf Course (simply called Zuoz by locals) was opened in 2003 and was designed by the renowned Canadian golf course architect Les Furber. Unlike the Samedan golf course, the layout at Zuoz offers a challenging combination of undulating fairways, elevation changes and receptive greens, plus beautiful surroundings.
Outside of the golf courses, visitors can explore the extensive Engadine Valley via the hiking trails and mountain bike trails, while the numerous lakes offer plenty of opportunities for all kinds of water sports, including wild swimming, stand-up paddle boarding and kite surfing. After an active day outdoors, both hotels have large luxury spas and multiple bars and restaurants to enjoy a well-deserved R&R.
The "Golf Break" package at the Kulm Hotel starts from CHF 620 (€ 580) pp in a double room. The "Golf - All in One" package at Grand Hotel Kronenhof starts from CH 515 (€ 420) pp in a double room. Packages are based on half board. Green fees and other extras Reservations can be made by telephone on +41 81 830 30 30 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or check the relevant websites. www.kulm.com and www.kronenhof.com. Bookings can be made until the end of August. The Kulm Hotel St. Moritz closes on September 6, 2020, while Grand Hotel Kronenhof will remain open through October 18, 2020, allowing golfers to enjoy spectacular fall vistas as the larch trees change from green to gold.