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FROM CHICKEN TO THE BIRDIE – Wine gets better with age. Regarding golf courses, there is no difference. Year 1933 tells: a really rare vintage in Austria.

 

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At that point everything pointed towards a chicken farm in Bad Ischl. Nobody talks about golf, when Felix Mandl bought the land in 1930, where nowadays parts of the golf course are located, to build the first poultry farm of this kind in upper Austria. That makes it clear: At the beginning of the golf club was definitely a hen.

We owe the change of Mandl’s mind only the holiday visitors, who loved to come often to Bad Ischl. They criticised the missing of a golf course and pestered the hotel owners with it. Mandl, a sportsman himself, let the hoteliers persuade him; he rent some more land and changed the chicken farm into a golf course. He financed the construction with donations by the hoteliers, mansion owners and with a credit. However, the guests got their golf course, which was visited in the 30ies by an army of aristocratic and famous golfers: The duke of Windsor hammered also away on the course like King Leopold II of Belgium, the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg or John Roosevelt, son of the famous US-president Teddy Roosevelt. Just before the big war, golf lost its touch, the club was terminated, the course rotted out of lack of caring and finally the club house burned down completely during the last days of the war. Six years after the war, Baron Oscar of Cohorn kissed the golf course awake of its “Rosebud” sleep. He made the well known German golf course architect Bernhard von Limburger design a draft, but the course itself was built after the design of a certain Emil Türk. The titular presidency of the reopened 9-hole golf course was taken over by nobody else but the former chancellor Julius Raab.

From Laimer to Ballesteros
IschlNEU5After that history of the golf club goes steadily uphill, garnished with some fantastic highlights. The legendary “bunker hit” from Queen Friederike of Greek is a well narrated Ischler story: In 1972, the aristocratic Greek didn’t play her ball after some unsuccessful tries with her club, but moved it with her bare hands out of the bunker. In the meantime even golf grew a little bit and for the first time sponsors dare to take a step into this territory: In 1966 the “Prize of the Kurstadt” takes place for the first time. This event is the most traditional tournament in Bad Ischl, in 2003 after 37 consecutive replays. In 1979 Franz Laimer becomes golf pro and instructs under the surveillance of the Englishman Ian Hay, who himself was head pro in Salzkammergut GC Bad Ischl for 20 years until 1999. Today another “routinier” Rodney Richards teaches golf at the GC Bad Ischl. In the meantime, Franz Laimer has built his own nice training centre at the golf course. Really close to present, in 1988, Bad Ischl is extended to 18 holes. This 18-hole course is consecrated by the golf superstar of the 80ies, Steve Ballesteros. 1500 visitors were lurked to Bad Ischl by the Spain back then, who also played the opening Pro/Am. Because of the big success, the Ischler repeated this event the following year and invited again some superstars like Mark McNulty or Gordon Brand to the Salzkammergut.

GC Bad Ischl is also repeatedly location of fine professional tournaments: so the former president of the golf club, Ludwig Stummer, organises in 1991 a shoot-out for the top ten Austrian professionals for the first time. Stimmer also arranges the traditional “Lodenfrey Salzkammergut Open, a fine Pro/Am, which lurked the Austrian golfing elite to the beautiful Bad Ischl between 1997 and 2000.

A symphony in B-moll
GC Salzkammergut Bad Ischl “used” eight presidents in its seventy years. The ninth, Josef Zeppetzauer, has been trying since the beginning of 2002, to lift the traditional golf club in an even more beautiful future. Zeppetzauer, in civil profession boss of the construction company ZeBau and as bustling as his predecessor Stummer, wants, together with the other courses of the region brand the Salzkammergut as golf destination. Zeppetzauer optimistically: My aim is to root this well known region under the name of 5-lake-golf-symphony into the consciousness of golf holiday makers from here and abroad. For this, there is still lots of work to do, but we here in Bad Ischl have never been afraid of hard work.” With this in mind: Happy birthday and lots of luck for the next 70 years!

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Adresse:
Wirling 36, 5360 St. Wolfgang
Telefon:
+43 6132/263 40
Fax:
+43 6132/267 08
Email:
office@salzkammergut-golf.at
Webseite:
www.salzkammergut-golf.at
Präsident(in):
Hannes Hettegger
Manager(in):
Walter Watzinger
Sekretariat:
Claudia Gruber
Öffentlich:
ja
Loch:
18 Loch
Par:
71
Länge:
4707 m bis 5406 m
CR Gelb:
69,5
CR Rot:
70,6
Slope Gelb:
126
Slope Rot:
124

Übungsanlage
 
Löcher:
1
Beschreibung:

Überdachte Abschlagplätze; Chipping Grün; Bunker

Beheizte Range:
nein

Greenfee:
 
Art:
18-Loch-Fee
Greenfee:
Mo–So € 69,–
Ermäßigungen:

Diverse Ermäßigungen für Partnerclubs und Partnerhotels

Golfkarten:
Steiermark Golf Card Golf Alpin Card Mozart Golf Card
Nur Rangefee:
€ 8,–

Amateur:
Lukas Nemec
Schlagzahl/Jahr:
63 Schläge/2009
Pro:
Gordon Manson
Schlagzahl/Jahr:
66 Schläge/2009
Golfschule:
ja
Telefon:
+43 664/333 92 87
Email:
office@salzkammergut-golf.at
Internet:
www.salzkammergut-golf.at
Headpro:

Tristan Schulze-Bauer

Pro:

PE-Kurs:
je nach Aufwand / Kundenwunsch
TE-Kurs:
ja nach Aufwand / Kundenwunsch
Golfschnuppern:
ja
Datenstand: 2016-05-17

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