Klagenfurt-Seltenheim Golf Club

Austria, Klagenfurt
5 (3)
Designer: Perry Dye
Course Opened: 1996

Klagenfurt-Seltenheim Golf Club is a typical US-style resort course in Austria, the layout surrounded by hills and set in a pretty setting but strangely occupying a fairly flat landscape. The design of the course was by Perry Dye, son of celebrated and talented architect Pete Dye. Here Perry tries to copy elements of his father's famous courses, the result however is what appears a low-budget 1980s style Dye course with most of the mounding to the sides of fairways and some ugly attempts to replicate what might have worked in America.

The most obvious example is the island green par three 8th hole, which Perry Dye built as an imitation of his mother's famous 17th at TPC Sawgrass. Problem with the hole is the shaping work, which is not good as the green is raised too high and the putting slopes disguise most of the target from the tee. There are also six tee boxes directly in front of each other which makes the visual quite ugly, and this feel like a really poor cousin to the Sawgrass hole.

Elsewhere the use of lakes is a key feature of the site, the 9th and 18th holes are interesting enough bending either way around a central body of water. They probably stand out more than the other holes because they are dramatic, and the rest of this course is quite unremarkable. It isn't terrible, but there isn't much to recommend here for mainland European golfers - even those unfamiliar with Pete Dye's work. Sadly the course feels like a stock standard modern resort course, built quite obviously with a smaller construction budget and lower maintenance budget than is ideal.


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