Discover Germany | Issue 24 | March 2015

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Discover Germany | Culture | Spring into Golf

with old trees, 86 hectares of fairways needed a complete makeover. The greens were in poor shape and the bunkers could only be seen once reached.“We have completely revamped the whole course, created 48 new bunkers, and made it all much more picturesque than before,”Claudia explains. Now the bunkers can been spotted from a distance and taken into consideration when strategically playing the new layout. “Our members are jumping up and down with excitement over the new course structure,”the sympathetic golf pro Dylan says. Apart from the main course a three hole course is available to anyone who wishes to practise. No handicap or Platzreife is required making this par 4, par 3, par 5 course very attractive. Added to that, the two sided 350 metre long driving range and 2 short game areas offer plenty of opportunity to improve your game. 12 undercover bays are also on the range for those rainy moments. After finishing a round of golf, the newly refurbished clubhouse is the perfect place to socialise in a welcoming ambience. Open daily from 9am, the kitchen offers freshly prepared dishes from a mouthwatering menu throughout the day. Other facilities include the newly fitted Pro Shop stocked and operated by the renowned Golf Star Shop offering every article to do with golf you can imagine. “Great service and quality is our top priority. We focus on sustainability rather than a quick buck,”Claudia explains.

A new state of the art fitting centre is being built onto the range for golfers to get the best possible brand and specifications for their swing and ability. Dylan Golf Dylan Bawden has been passionate about golf for almost 30 years: he learned the game in England and studied in 3 golf-related Universities where he qualified in Sports Psychology, Golf Course Studies and Recreational Management, while completing his PGA membership finals. He worked intensely with British Open winner Vivien Saunders O.B.E (PhD).“Golf is my life and I love sharing it,” says the passionate pro. Based on the theories of his acclaimed dissertation on golf teaching which has gained him Advanced Status from the British PGA he has developed a completely natural teaching approach. Today Dylan brings out the best in his students by identifying their natural potential, using easily understood explanations of the act of playing golf well, steering away from the term "paralysis by analysis" to help his students develop their ideal individual swing. His students adore him and great results speak for themselves. The DylanGolf school wouldn’t be Dylan style without the fun factor. As one of his students points out he has “an excellent sense of humour – very important when you know that golf can be a really frustrating sport at times“.

green, named and designed after the iconic mountains. It will be the first of its kind in Austria taking people of all age groups, equipped with a putter and ball, over such a breathtaking putting experience that you won't want to stop playing. Today many people still consider golf an elite sport in a snobby environment with countless strict rules and thus are reluctant to take the plunge.“We want to show people who do not play golf, that golf can be fun,” Dylan explains. Another similar famous putting green named The Himalayas graces the grounds of the home of golf in St. Andrews, Scotland. The Alps, which will be open in July, is one of the major intrigues of the area. Easter marks the start of the golf season in Northern Europe and those who consider discovering the joy of golf are well recommended to give it a go in Spillern. There is nothing to lose, but an incredible amount of life quality to be gained.

The Alps An exciting new Spillern Golf project is the new adventure 3,500 square metre putting

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