Graham Marsh, one of Australia’s most successful golfers, designed the course at Golf Club Am Habsberg and Colin Montgomerie opened the new Habsberg layout when he cracked the inaugural “golden ball” from the first tee in June 2002.
Habsberg is Marsh’s inaugural European design and challenge was at the top of his agenda. There’s no doubt that his objective has been achieved, the course measures a whopping 6,482 metres from the tips and each hole is routed in just about every compass direction.
The 440-yard par four 3rd is a tough hole to take on so early in the round. It doglegs forty-five degrees at the tee shot landing area, just where a stream crosses the fairway on a diagonal line. The second shot to an elevated green requires precision as the incline to the putting surface will stop anything short and bunkers right and left will catch wayward approach shots.
The signature hole at Habsberg is the 18th and it has classic “risk and reward” design stamped all over it. With water short right and long left off the tee, a drive over the first water hazard on the right leaves a better angle of attack for the next shot. Play safe with a tee shot down the left and the approach then has to fly the water down the same side of the fairway. It’s a wonderfully strategic way to end a round of golf.
Recently voted as the 3rd best course in Germany by Golf Journal, Habsberg is well worth a visit. It’s also a vibrant and friendly club, which welcomes visitors… what more can you ask for?