Sherman starts design in Austria


Sherman starts design in Austria
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

The design of the new Moarhof Golf Club in Walchsee, Austria, has begun after over four years of permit review.

Scot Sherman, a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, is collaborating with Champions Tour player Anders Forsbrand for the project, which will be built at the base of the Kaiser mountain range.

The owner of the Moarhof Hotel is helping develop the layout, and the course will add to the range of activities for guests of the boutique lodge, including skiing, hiking and horse riding.

“This site is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen anywhere,” said Sherman. “We are lucky to work with land where many golf holes are just there – which is quite unusual for such a mountainous area.”

The course will lie in a valley close to the famous ski resort of Kitzbühel, close to the German border.

“The property is characterised by good contours, wide open grassland and mountains on all sides,” continued Sherman. “We even see heather has taken hold nearby, so that could be an interesting look around our bunkers. All things considered, the goal here is to place the course onto the land and play golf within the site’s natural state.”

Sherman is excited not only to work on a project with such unique and impressive surroundings, but also having the opportunity to work with Anders Forsband. “The folks in Austria understand a good site is the key to building something that will be long lasting and an enhancement to the environment,” he said. “Anders has done great work in this regard as he has guided the owner for years in selecting just the right property – we think this will be very evident when the project is completed.”

The club will be constructed over several seasons, with work potentially beginning as early as the autumn of this year.