Diamond Country Club
The Diamond Country Club where this week’s Lyoness Open is to be played features one of Europe’s newest championship golf courses.
Designed by Jeremy Pern who took a flat piece of land and created a much admired, 18-hole undulating layout around a 10 ha artificial lake at Artrzenbrugg in lower Austria, the Diamond Course was only opened in 2002.
Since then charismatic Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and local hero Markus Brier have been called in as consultants to ensure that the course is of sufficiently high quality and offers the kind of challenge expected of any course hosting a European Tour event.
Guided by Jimenez, some changes have been made to the 72-hole course which has subsequently been “praised to the skies” by both the Spaniard and by Brier who said they were extremely impressed by the course’s smooth, meticulously-maintained greens, its silky fairways and fairly-mowed rough.
They also singled out for praise the course’s well cared for shrubs and trees and the crystal-clear lake.
The feature hole, now called the ‘MA Jimenez Hole’ following its redesign by the Spaniard. is a par-four, dogleg to the right with water on both sides of the dogleg’s elbow.
CARD OF THE COURSE:
(See under Hole No; Par; Length in yards)
1 4 504
2 4 437
3 4 474
4 4 370
5 3 225
6 5 582
7 5 591
8 4 490
9 3 184
1st Nine – yards 3857 yards
10 5 506
11 3 202
12 4 376
13 5 545
14 4 405
15 3 159
16 4 411
17 4 468
18 4 457
2nd nine – yards 3529 yards
Total 18 holes 7386 yards
NOTE: Only soft spikes are allowed on the course.
Apart from the Diamond Championship course which is restricted to golfers able to produce “valid handicap certificates from their home clubs” with a handicap of no more than 36, there is also a nine-hole ‘leisure course’ at the Diamond Country Club which has no restrictions:
Golf at the Club is open to the public on everyday of the week, but “advance bookings are essential”.
The green fees for the 18-hole Diamond Course are:
– 18 holes: Mondays to Thursdays – € 75,00
– 18 holes: Fridays to Sundays and public holidays – € 95,00
Electric golf car: € 30.00
– The modern clubhouse contains a Bar, a restaurant, conference facilities, locker rooms, and a sauna.
– Practice facilities include a driving range which is open every day and where a bucket of 24 balls will cost you 2 €.
– The Golf Star Pro Shop offers a wide variety of internationally-branded golf equipment and apparel.
– Golf clubs, trolleys and electric carts can be hired at the pro-shop
– Credit cards are accepted and there is a children’s playground.
CONTACT THE CLUB:
Diamond Country Club is situated at Am Golfplatz 1, A-3452 Atzenbrugg, Austria.
It can be contacted by:
– Phone: +43 2275 200 75
– Fax: +43 2275 200 75 9
– E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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