Everything you need to know about the 18-hole Andermatt Golf Course
Golf course architect Kurt Rossknecht
The 18-hole par 72 championship course in Andermatt carries the signature of Germany’s most famous golf course architect, Kurt Rossknecht.
He embeds his golf courses in the landscape, incorporates existing features and blends his courses into their setting to form a harmonious whole. For Rossknecht, golf course design is interplay in and with nature. He is interested not in realising his fantasies but in integrating the courses into the landscape as authentically as possible. “In technical terms, in addition to the high altitude mainly the diversity of terrain types – from rock to deep moor – was a challenge.
We were successful in creating a high-quality and well-designed golf course. The Andermatt Swiss Alps Golf Course is without a doubt one of the golf courses in Europe that will stand out in the players’ memory: The unique landscape with the impressive mountains, the streams, the lakes, the rock formations, the blooming meadows, and very nearly free of trees. Thus the golf course has many elements of a Scottish links course, but with the Alpine backdrop and the water bodies it’s also completely different from a Scottish course”, says Kurt Rossknecht.
The trained landscape architect is known for his fine sense for layouts, idyllic course design and his attention to detail. Rossknecht has specialised in golf course design for over three decades. In 1988 he opened his own firm, with which he has built over 70 new golf courses worldwide and modernized or expanded 30 others.
The Urseren Valley has two golf courses: the 18-hole Andermatt Swiss Alps Golf Course and the 9-hole course in Realp. The latter is the home course of Golf Club Andermatt-Realp, which has arranged playing rights with Andermatt Swiss Alps.
Members of GC Andermatt-Realp may choose between a 9-hole and a 27-hole membership. The registration fee for a 27-hole membership is CHF 25,000, allowing unlimited play on the championship course in Andermatt and the 9-hole course in Realp. The annual fee for 2017 is CHF 2,400.
Another option is to buy a 27-hole annual pass. These are personal and non-transferable and are comparable to a temporary membership in the Swiss Golf Association (ASG). The fee for the 2017 season is CHF 3,900.
At Andermatt we live out the “spirit of the game of golf”: Honesty, integrity and courtesy distinguish the sport of golf. Etiquette is not an empty word; appropriate attire is expected and shows respect towards the other players. Repairing pitch marks and replacing divots shows respect for the course and the game.
In the unique environment of the Urseren Valley, with its high elevation and special weather conditions, playing golf seems almost like a Scottish experience. Nevertheless, your blue jeans, T-shirts and tennis shoes should be reserved for strolling city streets. We also ask you to walk your dog elsewhere than golf course.
RULES OF USE FOR ANDERMATT SWISS ALPS GOLF COURSE (ASA GC)
The golf course is open to all players who meet the following requirements:
- All players must report to the Golf Reception desk before playing.
- All players must possess a valid license issued by a recognised national association.
- Tee times must be strictly observed in order to ensure optimal flow on the course.
- Appropriate golf attire is mandatory on the golf course and in the practice areas.
- Dogs are not allowed on the golf course or in the practice areas.
- During the golf season, the golf course is reserved from 8:00 a.m. to 8:48 a.m. for Andermatt Swiss Alps property owners and members of Golf Club Andermatt Realp with playing rights in Andermatt.
- Instructions regarding speed of play and requests by the golf staff must be respected at all times.
- Mobile phones must be switched off or muted.