Set in a shallow valley between imposing Austrian mountain peaks, the D'achstein Tauern course was designed by German professional Bernhard Langer in association with European Golf design, and is one of the most disappointing on the European mainland, and this is a disappointing region for golf. It's not that the land here naturally yielded great golf, but there are enough good bits of ground across the property and the scenery is so attractive that even a moderate golf course would have been fun to play.
The site itself is cramped and heavily shaped with unsophisticated mounding the dominant characteristic. There are some nice water features but in most places it's an eye-sore, and they really should have made this a shorter, quirky and fun course rather than trying to squeeze every inch of golf out of the property they could. There are a couple of pretty par threes, but longer holes are a worry as driving here is a cinch if a decent golfer and holes often allow golfers to hit down adjacent fairways or bomb away with almost complete impunity. There is so little to admire about D'achstein and the general green and fairway shaping that any review is best kept short.