First opened to the general public in 1999, the Dolomitengolf Osttirol resort has developed over the years into a modern 36-hole golf facility comprising four loops of nine holes, currently named after club sponsors KEUCO, Kleine Zeitung, Falstaff and Volvo. The 9-hole circuits double up as cross-country skiing tracks in wintertime but it’s golf all the way between March and October.
The resort is situated near the lovely little town of Lienz in East Tyrol, where fairways are laid out on the floodplain of the River Drava. The Dolomites mountain range certainly inspired the naming of the golf facility but don’t expect to experience mountain golf here as the landscape is largely flat, with golfers encountering negligible changes in elevation during their round.
The premier 18-hole configuration is the 3,026-metre KEUCO (Red) nine and 3,088-metre Kleine Zeitung (Blue) nine. Water hazards have to be negotiated at a number of holes along the way when playing this arrangement, most notably at the short par four 3rd and par five 9th on the Red nine and at the 389-metre, right doglegged 8th on the Blue nine, which plays to an island green.