Austrian Open

Established in 1990, the Austrian Open is a men’s professional tournament on the European Tour. After seven editions, it dropped down to the Challenge Tour between 1997 and 2005 before returning to the main circuit. Like nearly all championships at this level, it’s played over four rounds at a designated venue, with a sudden-death playoff taking place if two or more players are tied on the same aggregate score.

Austrian Open Championship Trophy

There was no event staged in either 2000 or 2019 and the Open was reduced to three rounds in 2008 due to bad weather. A variety of title sponsors have been associated with the competition down the years, starting with Mitsubishi in 1991 and they’ve included the likes of Diners Club, Bank Austria and the Austrian shopping community Lyoness with its affiliated Greenfinity foundation.

The first three editions were held at Gut Altentann near Salzburg, with Bernhard Langer winning the inaugural event after a playoff against Lanny Wadkins. The 1993 Austrian Open then transferred 300 kilometres east to Colony Club Gutenhof, outside Vienna, where Ronan Rafferty won the last of his seven European Tour titles after a playoff against Anders Sørensen on the West course.

The big man from Northern Ireland had previously contested four playoffs (the 1986 Italian Open, the 1989 Dutch Open, the 1990 Atlantic Open and the 1992 Dubai Desert Classic) and lost them all but this time he prevailed over his Swedish opponent, winning with a par on the first extra hole.

The competition then headed 200 kilometres north, very close to the border with the Czech Republic at the Haugschlag resort, where it was played for three years. Another famous golfer from the Emerald Isle, P...

Austrian Open host courses

Diamond Country Club (Diamond)

8th Austria Ranking

There are two courses at Diamond Country Club, the Country and the Diamond. The Country course is a fragmented and rather simple affair, but the main Diamond course is the real thing.

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Fontana

3rd Austria Ranking

Located to the south of Vienna on the edge of the spa town of Baden lies the prestigious Fontana Golf & Country Club.

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Gut Altentann

5th Austria Ranking

Gut Altentann is the Austrian course that Ron Kirby and Jack Nicklaus built in 1988 and it’s set on the outskirts of Mozart’s hometown, Salzburg. This was the Golden Bear’s first European ensemble.

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Haugschlag (Waldviertel)

26th Austria Ranking

There is not only one but three courses at Haugschlag, but the course that everyone wants to play is the Waldviertel, three times Austrian Open venue.

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Millstätter See

11th Austria Ranking

Sitting high above Lake Millstatt in one of the most popular regions of Austria, we find Golfanlage Millstätter See, a topographical gem of two 9-hole sections.

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Murhof

7th Austria Ranking

Golf Club Murhof is set most enchantingly and Bernhard von Limburger designed it in 1963 when few locals were interested in golf.

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Austrian Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Klaus Kaiser Courses Played 7
2 Christoph Payer Courses Played 6
3 Florian Pichler Courses Played 5
= Graeme Fish Courses Played 5
= Markus Digruber Courses Played 5
= François Gacougnolle Courses Played 5
7 Andreas Lenerz Courses Played 4
= Jorn Greve Courses Played 4
= Borje Courses Played 4
= Sandro M. Muffat Courses Played 4