Carinthia, in the heart of Europe and sunny south of Austria, has been named Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year for 2017 in the annual IAGTO Awards.
The prestigious award, presented at a gala dinner on November 17, 2016, during the International Golf Market in Palma, Mallorca, was voted for by golf travel writers from 36 countries who selected it from a shortlist that also contained Cambodia, Cuba, Estonia, Iceland and Slovakia. Christian Kresse, Managing Director of the Carinthian Tourist Board: “I am delighted that Carinthia has won the international Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year award and I feel sure that we will now attract even more visitors with our unique Alpe-Adria Golf Card.”
It is extremely gratifying for the small golf destination, which has not only invested in expanding the golf courses and infrastructure in recent years, but also above all in cross-border activities. Given Carinthia’s location on the border, the Alpe-Adria Golf Card gives visitors the chance to enjoy golf in Austria, Italy and Slovenia and experience three different cultures – all on one holiday. The Alpe-Adria Golf Card lets you enjoy golf in the Alps-Adriatic region all year round from your base in Carinthia. A total of twelve courses in Carinthia provide ideal opportunities for perfect golf days with their scenic beauty, most featuring stunning views of the nearby mountains and one of the many lakes that are warm enough to swim in at up to 28 degrees in summer.
The Alpe-Adria Golf Card
Several of the Carinthian golf clubs are Alpe-Adria Golf Card partners, with many other courses in Friuli Venezia Giulia and Slovenia adding to the choice down to the Adriatic Sea. Carinthia’s Alps-Adriatic cuisine ensures golfers can also enjoy good food after a round. The Card promises many carefree hours on the sunny fairways and greens of the 21 most attractive golf courses in Carinthia, Slovenia and Friuli Venezia Giulia. Available for three to five green fees, it means you can explore the area and choose courses to suit your personal level of skill. The Alpe-Adria Golf Card thus ensures a uniform price and high degree of flexibility.
Prices for the Alpe-Adria Golf Card
• 3 green fees: €190
• 4 green fees: €245
• 5 green fees: €295
Spring and autumn special 2 for 1 offer
Whether you prefer to play on Lake Klopein or the championship course in Klagenfurt-Seltenheim, the Alpe-Adria Golf Card spring and autumn special offer applies on virtually all partner golf courses. Two for the price of one makes all Alpe-Adria Golf Cards worth twice as much from the beginning of the season until 30 April and after 9 October 2017. One golfer goes free for every green fee paid on the courses participating in the special offer.
Golfing with your dog
Golfpark Klopeiner See-Südkärnten is not only famous for its long season (at least from March until November), but also for its tolerance towards our four-legged friends. For a fee of €12, dogs may accompany their owners on their rounds. The 9-hole romantic course at the Klagenfurt Seltenheim golf club is equally dog friendly, allowing pets if kept on a lead at all times. Dogs are also welcome on the courses in Moosburg and Velden/Köstenberg (a fee of €10 is payable) as well as in Bad Kleinkirchheim and Nassfeld (free of charge on both courses).
Carinthian Alps-Adriatic cuisine
Golf is not the only attraction in Carinthia. What also pleases golfers is that eating well plays a particularly important role here. Visitors to Carinthia can look forward to even more variety this year: regional produce from the world’s first slow food travel destination in the Gail and Lesach Valleys. Flavours reminiscent of childhood are to be found wherever you go on your sunny holiday. However delicious the local specialities are, it was the influence of southern neighbours Italy and Slovenia that actually gave rise to the Alps-Adriatic cuisine in Carinthia and still characterise that unique fusion today.
Alpe-Adria Golf Card members (2016)
Carinthia: Golfanlage Velden Köstenberg, Golfanlage Moosburg/Pörtschach, GC Klagenfurt-Seltenheim, Kärntner GolfClub Dellach, Golfclub Schloss Finkenstein, Golfanlage Millstätter See, Championplatz Kaiserburg, Golfpark Klopeinersee-Südkärnten, Jaques Lemans Golfclub St. Veit-Längsee, Golfanlage Nassfeld Golf
Italy: Golf Senza Confini Tarvisio, Golf Club Grado, Golf Club Lignano
Slovenia: Golf Bled, Golf Arboretum Ljubljana, Golf Livada, Golf Otočec, Golf Diners Ljubljana, Golf Bovec, Golf Ptuj, Golf Lipica
About the IAGTO Awards
Established in 2000, the IAGTO Awards are the annual awards of the global golf tourism industry and are curated by IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators), is the global trade organisation for the industry. The Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year category is voted for by members of the International Golf Travel Writers Association, of whom there are 230 in 36 countries worldwide. For more information about the 2017 IAGTO Awards and to download high resolution photos and logos, please visit: http://www.iagto.com/awards
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