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A PLACE FOR THINKERS – The 9-hole-course looks very radical. My assignment was, to develop a small golf course, which should be encouraging for beginners.

But it should also be a challenge for intelligent players, golfers, who already played for some years and who understand – as far as I am concerned -, that the contours of a course influence the game more, than anything else, more than water, more than sand, more than trees. With Tuttenhof I tried to introduce the traditional british background of golf to the Austrian golfers. And although I could only do this on a moderate, low level, I am very happy, to have had the chance to do it (the whole facility without club house cost roughly 600.000 Euro). On the European continent, architects and golf course operators often see contours as high hills at the sides of the fairways. I think of this philosophy as ugly and expensive. On top of it, it has no influence to our game play – they only influence our visual sense: Either they look good or they don’t. And if they don’t, where is the point in having them? So,  I wanted to design a moderate course for beginners, and at the same time, due to contours of Greens and fairways, make them interesting for thinking, experienced players as well. You need to get to know this course, in order to find its difficulties.

Tuttenhof1This is, how it differs of courses, where you stand at the tee, see a bunker, a water hazard and the strategy, the plan of attack, is straight away obvious. You see the hole once – and you know for ever, how to play it. The philosophy behind my courses is the same, like on british courses. It doesn’t matter, how often you play a left-course – you will always learn something new. As long as you are willing to learn, of course: if you play with blinders on, you never going to learn anything. What I believe in, and what I hope is: Players, who grow up with golf in Tuttenhof, and who don’t think they know already, that there has to be a water hazard or a bunker on a golf course, these players will realise the important things in golf: good soils and good contours. Critics say, that the landscape between motorway and Danube seems boring. But they also say, that Tuttenhof is a course for Green keepers – very simple and therefore easy to maintain.

First accusation: Big golf doesn’t necessarily have to take place on big landscape. It is certainly a big help for architects, and the players enjoy the game more, but it doesn’t have to be. And: correct, cheap maintenance was an important point within the specification book. But this course can be taken care of in two ways. One way is to obey absolute highest standards in watering and fertilization. By the way, we also obeyed highest standards at the building of the course – the Greens are made of 100% USGA. But you can also leave the course hard and dry. The good thing about it: Only on a dry, hard soil you can experience, how contours work properly. This is one element, which is missing in 90% of all courses in Austria.

Water and bunkers are missing, but there is a fine rough
Whoever walks the course, will find out: yes, it is flat, but it has distinctive differences in levels. Not two, three metres, but they influence the golf ball as soon as it hits ground. With this course, we designed nothing to please the eye. But as soon as the rough is grown, you can see the strategic character of this golf course. Punishing elements like water hazards and bunkers are missing, but the rough almost makes up for it. Is there a problem, with not having bunkers of water hazards? Could be possible, but: there are also courses in England, that do not have bunkers; and they are very good courses. I would also refuse to accept, if someone adds a pond somewhere, just to please fashion. Why are there ponds on golf courses anyway?

Reason is, because you need them for watering and not for design. Ponds are just a means of punishment: Beginners can’t cross them, they can’t play around them, what are they supposed to do now? Abandon this hole? New golfers should have the chance to hit a ball straight, to watch it run, to see, how the soil influences its way. The more a course is punished by design, the less chance the golfers get, to experience that. The only thing, they can do, is to hit one perfect hit after the other. But for this, they don’t have to play on a golf course – they can do that on a driving range.


Am Hechtenfang, 2103 Langenzersdorf
+43 2244/295 59
Dr.Georg Reutter
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Datenstand: 2016-05-12

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