Golf Destinations

Away from the maddening crowd!

Discover Austria | Czech Republic | Italy | Canada - British Columbia                

Some golfing destinations are now awash with courses and once one is played you might as well have played them all even though their layouts may be different.  There's no local atmosphere and after the 19th hole there's nothing much more to do.

Many golfers are now looking for something new. Something different to talk about when they return home to their own club houses. So at STC Golf we took a close look at the up and coming golfing destinations and took our lead from IAGTO, The Global Golf Tourism Association: 

Austria: Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year 2005

Czech Republic: Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year 2004

Italy: Emerging Golf Destination of the Year 2004

British Columbia: Winner of Golf Destination of the Year, North America 2007

 

Now discover Austria | Czech Republic | Italy | Canada - British Columbia   

 

Austria 

Famous for its skiing, golf in Austria is growing in popularity every year. Against dramatic mountain backdrops you'll find the courses lush and green which will come as no surprise when you consider that they lie under deep snow for 5 months of the year.

Highlights to see are Vienna, Austria's historical capital and birthplace of Strauss. it boasts magnificent palaces and museums. Not to be missed is a visit to the home of the world famous Spanish Riding School | Salzburg, the home of Mozart and ‘The Sound of Music', with the Hohensalzburg fortress towering over the City. The Mirabell gardens and Getreidegasse should not be missed and the best way soak in the old town is by horse drawn carriage | Smaller, but no less historical is Innsbruck with its cobbled streets and famous Golden Roof. Nearby in Wattens is the spectacular Kristall Welt (Crystal World) and home of world famous Swarovski crystal.

Now discover Austria's best areas for golf | Kitzbűhel | Carinthia| Salzburg | Zell am See     

KITZBÜHEL

The elegant Tyrolean town that is Kitzbühel offers much to the golf traveller with its superb golf courses and wonderful hospitality. With its cobbled streets and beautiful frescoed buildings, it offers a wealth of stylish shops, mingled with traditional bars and cafes

 

CARINTHIA

The province of Carinthia is in the southern tip of the country, and is often referred to as the Austrian Riviera, with its warm southern alpine climate. The scenery here is flatter than the better known Tirol but with its beautiful lakes such as Lake Wörthersee, it is no less stunning. There are numerous golf courses within striking distance, including a couple in neighbouring Slovenia and Italy.

 

SALZBURG

Known by many as "The Rome of the North", the old city of Salzburg must surely be on everyone's itinerary. It's offering of history, culture and architecture, rivals anything available elsewhere in Europe. Musical links to this city vary from Mozart (it being his birthplace) to the modern classic "The Sound of Music".

 

ZELL AM SEE / GASTEIN VALLEY

This beautiful town is one of the best loved resorts in Austria, situated on the shores of Lake Zell, offering stunning views across the water to the peaks of the Grossglockner mountain range. The town's medieval centre is traffic free with a fantastic selection of shops and cafés, and there is a wealth of activities available to you beyond golf, including summer skiing on the nearby Kitzsteinhorn glacier. Or stay in the picturesque Gastein valley in either of the distinct spa resorts of Bad Gastein, with its  19th century elegance  or Bad Hofgastein, more typical of the Austrian village design one expects.

Czech Republic

In the last decade the Czech Republic has re-emerged as an exciting and increasingly popular holiday destination. And at its centre is Prague a city of rich, opulent beauty and an epic history. Not to be missed is a night river cruise along the Vltava

Magnificent castles dominate the landscape, and the golf courses in the case of the Karlstejn and Konopiste both worth a visit as is the beautiful spa town of Karlovy Vary in wooded Bohemian countryside with its gracious colonnades and picturesque boulevards set. Saving the best for last, take a tour of the Pilsner Urquell Brewery, the original lager from which all Pils beers are derived, near to the Plzen Golf Course.

Now discover the Czech Republic's best areas for golf | Prague | West Bohemia  

Italy

Italy offers something for everyone and you'll be spoilt.

 From beautiful Lake Garda and the famous spa towns in Tuscany to sandy beaches on the Maremma coast. Add to that beautiful and historic towns and cities | Siena and its annual Palio horse race | Pisa for its leaning tower | Florence for its classical architecture and shopping | the timeless coastal beauty of Grosseto | the setting for ‘Romeo and Juliet', Verona with its famous amphitheatre |and of course, Venice and its famous waterways.

Now discover the Italy's best areas for golf | Northern Tuscany | Southern Tuscany | Lake Garda | Venice 

NORTHERN TUSCANY
Tuscany has everything the British golfer could want in a golf break. Culture, cuisine, art and events assault the senses and their golf courses do not disappoint. There is the wonderful juxtaposition between the hustle and bustle that is Italian life with the peaceful and calming experience of playing golf in the region. We have selected four outstanding courses from the selection available.

SOUTHERN TUSCANY

As one travels down the coast from Pisa through the Mareema region, the pace slows and the heat rises. There are three eighteen hole courses our experts have played and with another in the process of being built at Saturnia Spa , the region promises to offer all that is necessary for a wonderful golfing break.

LAKE GARDA

And further north , take in the beautiful lakes and towns that are situated around Lake Garda. Boat trips on the glistening Lake Garda or Monte Isola, the biggest lake island in Europe, shopping in Sirmione, visit the winery in Franciacorta for the delicious pink "champagne", or simply people watch in the bustling town of Desenzano.

VENICE

Naturally, Venice needs no introduction with its world famous canals with the striped jersey gondoliers and splendid architectural sights like the Bridge of Sighs and St Marks Square. There are a couple of areas we have chosen close by that will allow you to spend time exploring this wonderful city by boat and foot, and also combine some excellent golf on the Terme Euganee region which is renowned for its thermal springs, ideal for rejuvenating those tired muscles. To the north we offer Castell d'Aviano which is the ideal retreat for a short break with golf, scenery and perhaps a little sight-seeing.

Canada | British Columbia

From the mountains of the Rockies to the western tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia's dramatic landscape won't fail to impress.

From the Island take a seaplane and get a bird's eye view of Victoria and its harbour. Or join a whale watching trip and speed by boat up to 40 miles an hour as you look out for minky whites, sea lions and orcas. From Horseshoe Bay on the mainland take the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler, home for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Here a mountain gondola will whisk you up to over 7,500 feet to enjoy one of the world's most breathtaking vistas.

Now discover Canada's best area for golf  | British Columbia  

We, of course, recommend the golf!

Canada and British Columbia especially offers the UK golfer a truly magnificent experience in terms of quality of courses and off course facilities. Costs for green fees and catering are very reasonable and one is left with a feeling of great value for money and indecision on which great course to play next.

This is soft spike territory but the clubs will be able to sort you out if you forget to change them before you travel. The service one gets on and off the course is superb and nothing is too much trouble in general.

You will almost certainly take some ideas back to your club in the UK on how to create a near perfect golfing experience but the downside is that your fellow club members will be bored to oblivion by your tales of golf in British Columbia

STC-Charles Bridge,Prague
STC-Gondola in Venice
STC-Salzburg