There are few more spiritual places to relax than high on a mountain summit, whether carrying a backpack or bound to a pair of skis.
While golf is often played inland among forests, parklands and heaths – and by the sea – on pure links turf with the ocean in view – there are far fewer opportunities to enjoy golf among the world’s highest landscapes.
Mountain golf breaks might seem a strange idea, with uneven lies and steep slopes for balls to bounce down – plus lung bursting yomps to reach the greens – but we recently received news of a golf package in the heart of Italy’s Dolomites that could make you think twice about teeing off high in the hills.
While we haven’t visited or played the course, the offer seems a compelling one with an ideal balance of on and off-course activity that makes it a highly attractive holiday idea.
The Adler Dolomiti resort (www.adler-dolomiti.com) in south Tyrol has linked up with Golf San Vigilio Siusi (www.golfstvigilseis.it) to offer a late summer /autumn holiday combining golf and relaxation where the spectacular scenery is as inspiring as the golf course and pure mountain air.
The “Golf Holiday in the Dolomites” package includes either four or seven nights’ half-board accommodation at the Adler Dolomiti, one green fee (including use of a golf cart) and a 30% discount on additional green fees played at Golf San Vigilio Siusi as well as complimentary access to the Adler Spa.
Prices for the four-night package start at Euros 471 (approx £375) per person based on two people sharing a double room, while the seven-night package starts from Euros 873 (approx £690).
Set in Val Gardena, one of the most beautiful areas of the Dolomites (a UNESCO World Heritage site recognised for its outstanding natural beauty), the luxury five-star Adler Dolomiti is just 11 km (or a 20-minute drive) from Golf San Vigilio Siusi, which is recognised as one of the best golf courses in northern Italy.
Open from March to November, the golf course stretches out over an area of around 60 hectares at an altitude of 850m with a backdrop that includes Tyrolean mountain panoramas, crystal clear ponds and waterfalls, and deep ravines.
The undulating terrain of the Dolomites and the tight fairways make a round over San Vigilio Siusi quite challenging though the course is not too long and is playable by golfer’s of any ability.
The club’s practice facilities include a two-tiered driving range with 32 indoor practice tees and PGA Golf Professional Rudi Knapp offers golf coaching.
SPAS AND PARS – Post round relaxation at Adler Spa
After a round of golf, the Adler Spa is the ideal place to retire for some relaxation and, if necessary, pummelling of muscles. Individual spa treatments and holistic healing programmes are available in the award-winning spa that comprises thermal pools, saunas, steam rooms, a salt grotto and relaxation areas spread over 3,500 square metres.
Away from the golf course, there are plenty of other outdoor pursuits for golfers and non-golfers to enjoy.
The Dolomites are well-known as a walker’s paradise, and cable cars close to the hotel give quick and easy access to a dense network of trails of varying degrees of difficulty and themes – some of geological or historic importance, others known for their wild flowers.
Free guided walks in the Dolomites
Open to all guests staying at the Adler Dolomiti on a complimentary basis are two daily guided hikes, which include early morning, sunset and Nordic walks.
For those who prefer two wheels, guests can make use of the hotel’s mountain bikes and electric cycles to explore some of the 30 trails that meander through the stunning mountain setting of the Dolomites – or join the hotel’s daily guided ride.
For golfers keen to stick to the fairways, there is a choice of seven other golf courses to discover within reasonable distance by car from the Adler Dolomiti. Hotel guests receive a 30% reduction in green fees at the Golf Club Castelrotto, located 11 km away, whilst the Golf Club Alta Badia, one of the highest 9-hole golf courses in Europe is 28 km away.
For those willing to travel a little further afield, Golf Club Carezza set in the Latemar Cliffs is 55km away, while Golf Club Monte San Pietro at 1,250m above sea level and Golf Club Ladinia are both 59km from the hotel. Reserved for the most dedicated golfer are Golf Club Val Pusteria, set in meadows and forests, which is 75km away and Golf Club Passiria, which, at 86km, is the furthest away from the Adler Dolomiti.
Have you changed your mind about Mountain Golf?
Have a spirit of adventure – here’s how to book your break:Golf Holiday in the Dolomites package, please call +39 (0) 471 775 001, email firstname.lastname@example.org or book online at www.adler-dolomiti.com.