Eichenheim Golf Course

Gut Altentann

Austria, Salzburg
4.5 (2)
Designer: Jack Nicklaus
Course Opened: 1989

A pretty tame Jack Nicklaus track close to the enchanting city of Salzburg, Gut Altentann is set amidst gently rolling hills but with only a very brief glimpse of the regions famous distant mountains. The routing here is quite unusual and has quite a few areas of concern, not least being the number of road crossings, the long walks between holes and the continual backtracking from greens to the following tee.

Worse however is the fact there isn't anything new or original here, there is the usual splattering of lakes and water holes but most, like the 18th, are a touch uncomfortable. The 18th is a short par five with an island green that is suicidal from distance so for most the only play is to lay up short and then play a pretty simple pitch shot.

Typical of the 1980s and this period in the history of Jack Nicklaus's design company, most of the shaping is done away from the playing corridors. The fairways are mostly flat but lined by large surrounding mounds, which visually don't work very well, except for some large wasteland style bunkers built to break up the vistas.

 

Gut Altentann is a rather uninspiring Nicklaus course in a beautiful part of the world. It isn't the worst course in the region, but the design team here barely get a pass mark for the work they did on what was only a moderately interesting site.

 

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