618 GC Almenland [0]

INDECENT PROPOSAL – Pinned at the wall board, an almost indecent proposal lures in big letters: “Play with the Pro – free of charge”

 

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A nice offer, which we instantly take, especially when you have to spend lots of money in most of the clubs for a round of course management. Jason Culleton, having been Head-Pro for five years now, brought the idea of a “free of charge”-offer from Canada to the Almenland. “Course Management starts before the first tee” he says and introduces us into the secrets of the GC Almenland: “When you hit the Green, make sure that you stay in front of the pin, because the Greens always fall from the back to the front and it is always easier to putt uphill than downhill.” You got it? Oh and yes, there is something else: Watch your alignment! “No problem”, I say “I always aim for the middle of the fairway, what else?

But Culleton means it in a more subte way: The middle of the fairway is not a target; you should try and aim for a tree, the roof of a house or a mountain peak before you hit. So, at the third hole (short Par 4, 252/231 metres) I align as told with the top of a tree to the left, seen from the right hand side back bunker. Here, the score is decided by the tee, he explains to me: “With a good drive over the 180 metres distant bunker, there is for good players even a chance for eagle.”

I am not totally convinced yet, my gaze glances over the water, which I could perfectly reach with my second hit. Jason must have read my mind and brings Hollywood into the game. He advices his players, to use their fantasy and imagine every single swing as part of a Hollywood-movie. Because: Pre-shot routing is essential! I like the “Hollywood-idea” and start to chose a different (male) movie star for each swing, just until the view of the landscape takes over my attention at the sixth tee. After a really hard ascent, a spectacular Par 5 (488/462 metres) awaits my attack. Jason advices me to take a risk and hit the ball with a brave swing over the bunker, which lurks in a distance of 180 metres.

Despite my good tee-shot, the ball lands in the bunker and I gave Jason a unsatisfied look, who tells me strongly but fair to always accept the place of a ball – it doesn’t matter where it lays – water hazard, sand or rough. I comfort myself with a brand new self shot Hollywood movie (Johnny Depp is playing instead of me now) and I make, although there is another hazard – a creek crosses the fairway – a bogey. In Jason’s eyes, one of the key-holes on the second nine holes is number 13, a Par 4 (341/290 metres) with a hard to putt Green. A shorter hit to the Green is recommended, as per definition here at Almenland, to stop the ball before the pin. At the fifteenth hole there are 2 surprises. One is a Par 3 (178/151 metres), which Jason defines as a great scoring-hole with a good chance for Par for me. Pointing to the left a little bit, just to not having to accept another bunker position, you can at least hit the fore Green and from that position, Jason recommends to instantly use the putter. The second surprise I find at a slightly different hole. Inside a rustic earth hole a fine ice-cold beer is waiting. Delighted I take it and Hollywood, once again, is taking part of the game.

The seventeenth hole (Par 4, 369/314 metres) is perfect for a driving hit. A big tree in the middle of the fairway makes us think twice about the alignment – you best play it to the right hand side – and I really hit a very good tee-shot. This one, I should save straight away, Jason told me, and he already knows where to. Not, how I am thinking, in my brand new Hollywood library, but into the bank account of good hits! – because most players forget about their good swings and only save the bad ones. This shouldn’t happen to me, so my account of good swings is quickly opened. Equally nice and quiet as we entered the GC Almenland at the first tee, we leave it again on the eighteenth hole. One last hint of the Pro: Align to the right and once again take one iron less. Content with all the good advices I pack my private “Hollywood” into my bag – the round with the professional at the Almenland was free of charge, but definitely not for nothing. What you will remember: The swing of the alp-similar landscape, the many success stories at the fairways, the restaurant and the peacefulness (church bells rather than spans).

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Adresse:
Fladnitzer Straße 61, 8162 Passail
Telefon:
+43 3179/277 99
Fax:
+43 3179/277 99-20
Email:
almenland@golf.at
Webseite:
www.almenlandgolf.at
Präsident(in):
Kurt Rettinger
Manager(in):
Günter Friesenbichler
Sekretariat:
Petra Reith, Anneliese Herbst, Daniela Mohr
Öffentlich:
ja
Loch:
18 Loch
Par:
72
Länge:
5122 bis 6345 m
CR Gelb:
69,5
CR Rot:
71,8
Slope Gelb:
120
Slope Rot:
125

Übungsanlage
 
Löcher:
-
Beschreibung:

Pitch- & Chipbereich, Putting Grün, überdachter Abschlagplaz

Beheizte Range:
nein

Greenfee:
 
Art:
18-Loch-Fee
Greenfee:
Mo–Fr € 52,–
Sa, So, Fei € 62,–
Ermäßigungen:

Senioren Do € 34,–

Golfkarten:
Steiermark Golf Card
Nur Rangefee:
€ 6,–

Amateur:
Sebastian Ponsold
Schlagzahl/Jahr:
68
Golfschule:
ja
Name:
Valentin Hötzl-Herzl
Telefon:
0650/860 54 81
Email:
v.herzl@gmx.at
Internet:
http://www.almenlandgolf.at/de/golfschule/
Headpro:

Valentin Herzl
30/55 Min. (1–2 Personen) 30/50,–

Pro:

PE-Kurs:
129,– 12 Std.
TE-Kurs:
199,– 15 Std.
Golfschnuppern:
ja
Datenstand: 2016-05-04

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