EGD to design new Austrian course


EGD to design new Austrian course
Sean Dudley

European Golf Design, the practice jointly owned by the European Tour and leading agency IMG, has been appointed to design a new golf course in Austria.

EGD designer Robin Hiseman, who led the design at Riffa Views in Bahrain, is principal architect.

The Golfplatz Anif site is located five kilometres south of Salzburg and sits upon the flat former floodplain of the adjoining Salzach river. Alpine peaks make up the southern skyline and to the west the site is flanked by the moated castle of Schloss Anif, made famous as a location in The Sound of Music.

The par 72 course will measures 6,140 metres (6,715 yards) and is a mixture of commercial woodland and open farmland pasture, with eight holes set within the forest and the rest running across alpine meadows. Hiseman says the course will be in a rustic style and will feature long fescue rough.

“We are delighted to be involved with this project,” said Hiseman, following a recent site visit. “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.”