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Golf in the Alps

Apparently, mountains seem to be the area destined for skiers, hikers and other winter sports enthusiasts only. In fact, among all these activities being offered to us, we can also find such a special and elite discipline like golf. As for the European mountains ranges, we can distinguish some interesting places to go and take advantage of playing golf on wonderful green fields with beautiful views around you. There are numerous golf clubs in the areas of Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Highlands that put forward a variety of courses. In the Alps golf lovers can choose between the offers of few countries which are Switzerland, Austria, Italy and France. Switzerland is unfairly known simply for its chocolates, cuckoo clocks, playful Heidis and shady international banking. And that's the good reason it keeps its wonderful golf courses exclusively to the lucky few that have bothered to explore Switzerland as an increasingly affordable country. Therefore, in Swiss Alps we find a huge amount of golf clubs with a 9 or 18 hole courses. Worth mentioning is the one in Vebrier - a panoramic golf course with a view of Mt Blanc and the Grand Combin.
It is situated at the height of 1600m dropping to 1400m at the clubhouse. Another one to recommend is Crans-Sur-Sierre where since 1905 the vast plateau of Crans Montana has offered a superb environment for golf. These courses are available from May until October or even November, depending on snow conditions. 

Austria offers also its visitors a huge variety of possibilities to play golf in a few regions like Seefeld, Zell am See and Innsbruck but the most popular one is, of course, Kitzbuhel. The Kitzbhel region is simply idyllic for passionate golfers! Here you'll find plenty of peace and tranquility on all four spacious golf courses, each of which offers superb views on the glorious mountain world. As you walk down the fairways of "Kitzbhel scenic golf" you gaze up at the towering forms of the prestigious "Wilder Kaiser" and "Kitzbheler Horn" Mountains - they create a truly breathtaking Alpine panorama! 

To take Italy into consideration, we have to look at three regions. Firstly, Liguria where golf lovers will find a good golf amenities together with the particular mild climate. Then we have Piemonte in which excellent sport conditions are accompanied by the true nature with fascinating wood surroundings. Numerous 18-hole courses offer rounds suited to both expert players and beginner, assisted by 20 clubs united under the "Green Team" symbol. Finally, there are golf courses in breathtaking natural setting at various resorts in the Valle d'Aosta. We have there the famous Courmayeur Golf Club and many others. 

As for the Dolomites, here we've got three main geographical areas to choose from Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige and Friuli. The region offers several excellent courses where you can enjoy either the set in green hilly areas or beside the Adriatic. Golfers looking for sunshine, fantastic Mediterranean scenery and friendly, welcoming courses should head to Languedoc-Roussillon in France. It is a delightful country for visiting golfers who appreciate well-looked-after courses that are not overrun by the masses; additional trumps may be the legendary French cuisine and vintage wines. There's a huge variety of courses in this nook of southern France, to suit players at all levels. Some, by the coast, are reminiscent of the classy designer courses on Florida's seaboard. Others, in the mountains of Lozere and the Pyrenees, are more like Scotland's traditional links in which you get a great game in the background of great scenery. With this menu of top-rank courses, plus year-round sunshine and a 12-month golfing season, Languedoc-Roussillon is fast becoming one of the most popular golfing destinations in Europe. If you think that the Highlands are all about ruggedness and wilderness, then that is not strictly true. For a start, tucked into these fine landscapes are at least 46 golf courses, among them several superb old courses, the work of the great golf course designers. From Reay, Thurso and Wick in the north, to Fort William in the shadow of Ben Nevis, and from east coast gorse and sand at Brora or Tain, to west coast scenic delights at Traigh, Gairloch or Durness Highland golf, in all its variety, has something for players of all standards. As we can see European Mountains offer a great variety of wonderful courses to play golf. So take a golf cart and enjoy!

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