Carinthia so green

Golfland Carinthia has a total of 162 holes: divided up into two 27-hole courses, five 18-hole courses, two 9-hole courses and various driving ranges. Nestling in beautiful lake and mountain country. The perfect playground for both novices and experts alike.

The extremely high density of golf courses in Carinthia is a major benefit for golfers in terms of logistics: all the courses are within a radius of only 170 kilometres and therefore only a few strokes away from each other. "The more courses I get to know, the more difficult I find it to choose my favourite." Mark from Norwich is therefore playing them all in rotation. At the moment he is taken with the Lake Worth region - with Carinthia's highest concentration of golf courses. Before that he played on Lake Millstatt and in Bad Kleinkirchheim -alpine skier and downhill legend Franz Klammer's home territory. "The location is lovely. Lakes and mountains on the horizon. That has a good effect on my handicap. The steep, sloping fairways however less so." The keen golfer has already booked his tee time for the next day over the internet (www.golfland.kaernten.at).

Carinthia's golf courses blend in with the surroundings so successfully you would think that they grew naturally. Moosburg-Portschach, for example, received the Premier European Golf Course award for the best landscape design. And Dellach is not known as Carinthia's answer to St Andrews for nothing. The outdoor experience is at least as much a reason for golf's rapidly growing popularity as the sport itself or the exclusive atmosphere. More and more people are also combining their golf holidays with spa treatments or other activities. Over 60 golf hotels offer whole packages in response to these trends. Some include green fees and golf lessons with special health, beauty and fitness offers.

It is the whole environment that makes the golf experience so perfect: after a round of the 27-hole course in Klagenfurt-Seltenheim you have a choice of simple farmhouse inns and award-winning restaurants in the vicinity. If you prefer more action, you will find it on the lakeside promenades. Those who wish to relax and be pampered can regain their inner balance with the attractive well-being offers. Beginners can celebrate their first successes in Golfland Carinthia. And even the best players may hone their skills with the help of top pros.

Your golf guide

Not only the best woods and irons belong in a well-stocked bag, but also the golf catalogue, your guide to Golfland Carinthia including all the hotels and information on the Alpine Golf Card. Call 0043 463 3000 or visit www.kaernten.at to get your copy

Your golf guide

Not only the best woods and irons belong in a well-stocked bag, but also the golf catalogue, your guide to Golfland Carinthia including all the hotels and information on the Alpine Golf Card. Call 0043 463 3000 or visit www.kaernten.at to get your copy

Tip 2: forget handicaps!

It's worth checking out Golfland Carinthia at any time. After all, it has scenic golf courses, superb golf hotels, the Alpine Golf Card and the option of online tee time reservation.

Tip 1: start early!

The golf season starts earlier here than in many other places in central Europe. Get your clubs out - they will enjoy swinging in Carinthia.

Tip 2: forget handicaps!

It's worth checking out Golfland Carinthia at any time. After all, it has scenic golf courses, superb golf hotels, the Alpine Golf Card and the option of online tee time reservation.

Carinthia's golf courses at a glance

Bad Kleinkirchheim-Reichenau www.golfktn.at

Carinthia's golf courses at a glance

Bad Kleinkirchheim-Reichenau www.golfktn.at

Moosburg-Pörtschach

www.moosburg.golfktn.at

Velden-Köstenberg

www.golfktn.at

www.leadinggolf.at

Klopeiner See-Turnersee

www. golfklopein.at

Klagenfurt-Seltenheim

www.golfktn.at

www.golf.at

Millstätter See

www. golfland.kaernten.at

Wolfsberg

www.golf.at

www.golfktn.at

Golf Club 2000 - Draugolf

www.draugolf.at

www.golfclub.at

Dellach Golf-Club

www. kgcdellach.at

More on Golfland Carinthia

www.golfland.kaernten.at

Golf beyond borders.

When golfing in Carinthia, you are actually at the interface of three cultures, which have been cooperating more closely in recent years. Carinthia, Friuli and Slovenia - collectively known as the Alpine-Adriatic region - have now developed a cross-border package for golfers.

This cooperation enables Carinthian golfers to play three other outstanding courses. The 9-hole course in Tarvisio framed by the Julian Alps, the maritime 18-hole course beside Grado's lagoon and Bled Golf & Country Club's traditional 27-hole course. Golfing beyond borders - senza confini or brez meja - is within easy reach. Tarvisio and Bled are only few kilometres across the border to the south. And a round in Grado can be combined with a trip to the seaside.

Tip 3: Alpine Golf Card

Golfers are used to very high standards in Carinthia. A good way of discovering the area's courses is with the Alpine Golf Card. Costing only € 240, it entitles you to play five courses in Europe's largest alliance. The Alpine Golf Alliance now comprises 39 courses in the provinces of Carinthia, Tyrol, Salzburg and Vorarlberg. Carinthia is a member with its eight courses. The Alpine Golf Guide provides information on all the trans-alpine golf courses. Visit www.golf-alpin.at to order your copy.

For further information and bookable packages, visit www.kaernten.at

OtfÜHtkifl

OtfÜHtkifl

The south arouses curiosity

In search of WaterGold 2004.

Water has always secretly reigned supreme in Carinthia. Now it is doing so officially for the next three years -in Carinthia water.realm. A "voyage of discovery", it will show the element in all its dimensions at annually changing venues. The water.realm events start in the Upper Moll Valley from 29 May to 31 October this year focusing on WaterGold. The next stations are WaterPower in the Lieser/Malta Valleys in 2005 and WaterLife on Lake Millstatt in 2006.

For the water.realm voyage of discovery the Carinthians have gone in search of the legendary Tauern gold this year. The water experts in the water.realm have not only struck gold, but also uncovered many other treasures and made some amazing discoveries. Here are the seven Carinthian wonders.

Treasure 1: Winklern Toll Tower

Carinthians have always believed in the Tauern dragon. A sensational find has proved them right: the good dragon was sighted on the steps of the Toll Tower in Winklern. It no longer breathes fire, but guards the rich treasure of water.

Treasure 2: Schmutzerhaus in Mortschach

Many people in the Upper Moll Valley originally made a living from rearing sheep and making wool. The farmers always had to rely on waterpower for these processes, as you can discover for yourself at the Mortschach museum.

Treasure 3: Virgin's Leap Water Wonder Trail

The Tauern region's true treasure is water. You can feel its power as an elemental force on the Virgin's Leap water wonder trail. There the water masses cascade over 130 metres down the cliffs. Fantastic views from the lookout platform and path.

Treasure 4: St Briccius Medicinal Water Trail

St Briccius' chapel owes its name to a local legend. Prince Briccius of Denmark is said to have died here on his way back from Constantinople. He was carrying a relic -

At Aquarino's court

Christ's blood - which has been kept in the high altar at Heiligenblut Church ever since. The spring beside the chapel is also supposed to work wonders for eye complaints.

Treasure 5: Alter Pocher Gold Diggers' Village

In the olden days the Alter Pocher mine used to be kept very busy, as the Tauern gave up its gold by the nugget. After the gold rush, it fell into disuse until this year. Modern-day treasure hunters can now prospect for the precious metal at the gold diggers' village.

Treasure 6: Grossglockner - Gamsgrube Trail

The alpine Gamsgrube Trail goes deep inside the mountain revealing the secrets of water, gold and crystals in five galleries. From the path you get magnificent views of the Pasterze, the largest glacier in the eastern Alps, and Grossglockner, which watches over all the treasures in the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park.

Treasure 7: Apriach Mills & Mentlhof Farm

The farmers in the Upper Moll Valley used the water's power for making flour and wrought iron from an early age. Apriach's mills and Mentlhof farm dating back to the 17th century still bear witness to the fact today.

The Carinthia water.realm is a "summer.realm". It opens its doors on 29 May and closes them on 31 October 2004. The way there is easy to find: follow Aquarino, our little orange fish mascot!

At Aquarino's court

The real ruler of the water.realm, Aquarino, invites you to embark on the voyage of discovery. Call 0043 463 3000 for the water.realm's first charter. Reports posted on www.wasserreich.at will keep you up to date.

Visitors will come across water whatever they decide to do: not only when swimming, but also when out walking, going in for (extreme) sports or seeing the sights. Even the customs, culture and cuisine often have to do with water. In fact, it would appear that there is a centuries-old water culture in Carinthia...

Holidaymakers need water to be happy -the more and the cleaner the better. As a large-scale survey among habitués has shown.

Carinthia prides itself on some impressive water statistics. Starting with the most important, pure drinking water comes out of all the taps here, of which a staggering 71 percent is spring water. A comparison for all those who take such things for granted: the Austrian average is 48 per cent, whereas in Germany or the Netherlands, for example, drinking water has to be taken from lakes and rivers and then treated time and again before consumption.

The province did not think twice about investing millions to secure the quality of its water from an early stage. Building sewer networks for the villages round many lakes not only enabled the excellent drinking water quality to be achieved and maintained, but has also won Carinthia several international awards. Another interesting fact is that the largest reservoir in Austria is here ■ Grossglockner with its glaciers.

Visitors enjoy Carinthia's water in various different ways. The classic is soaking in the bath. The health conscious reach for spring or mineral water, while the adventurous seek white water thrills. Then there's the lakes for fun and recreation. Harnessed as waterpower, it can be used for heating and lighting. Or soothing aches and pains at the spas.

It's easier to find Carinthia's many water attractions if you have the Water Experience Map. Hotels and restaurants have also taken a greater interest in water. At the "natural cycle" hotels Wasserix, a little water droplet, sees to it that the guests are made more aware of the element - with walks to the springs and experimenting hours for the little ones. Water also has additional benefits: for example the water points on the Kärnten Card or the regional bonus cards, such as the Wörthersee Kärnten Card.

Kärnten Card

Many water attractions are free with the Kärnten Card.

The south arouses curiosity

100 Golf Tips

100 Golf Tips

If you want to become a golf player, it is a good idea to watch professional golf players playing the sport. When you watch them, you would become more inspired in getting better with your game. Aside from that, you could also take note how they carry themselves on the field, as well as how they make their swings.

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