Sportresidenz Zillertal, Tyrol, Austria: It’s all about the green
Text: Nina Prehofer
Golf thrives on nature: on the lush green of the undulating landscape, and on the feeling of space that, in the Zillertal, is provided by the astounding mountain backdrop.
It’s this backdrop that makes the small but perfectly formed holiday village of Uderns in the heart of the Zillertal valley – where the valley is still wide – the perfect place for a top-class golf course. The 18-hole championship course more than lives up to its ranking among the Leading Golf Courses top 14 in Austria.
At the adjoining four-star hotel, the Sportresidenz Zillertal, you can golf-in, golf-out all year round thanks to the indoor putting green. And you can do so in peace and quiet considering there are only 33 rooms at the hotel, which means you’ll also enjoy the freedom of space off the course, too.
Nature in, nature out
The natural beauty of the mountain and valley backdrop continues at the Sportresidenz, where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the 3,000-metre main Alpine ridge right in front of the hotel. Before we even make it into the lobby, we spot the solar panel installation on the roof, which provides the entire building with green electricity harnessed from the power of the sun. The next thing we catch sight of are the charging stations for electric cars and e-bikes that we can hire directly from the hotel, then we step inside and take in the natural, high-quality materials such as wood and stone that can be found at every turn.
Relax in, relax out
In addition to how good it feels to do something good, we enjoy pure luxury at the Sportresidenz Zillertal. We feel it in the spacious rooms and suites with infrared saunas and the partly private sauna as much as we do in the wellness area that spans all three floors of the building.
On the ground floor, we dive off the landing stage into the bathing pond, on the first floor, we relax in the sauna and the steam room, and the second floor takes us out to the sun terrace and the heated outdoor infinity pool, while up on the roof, a jacuzzi and relaxation area with a jaw-dropping panoramic view await.
Enjoyment in, enjoyment out
When it comes to cuisine, the Sportresidenz also has something unique to offer. The Genusswerkstatt restaurant is located at the exciting end of the ninth green, a position that quickly turns it into the clubhouse of the exclusive golf course.
The one toque and eleven points from Gault&Millau plus two forks and 85 points from Falstaff demonstrate the expertise of head chef Willy Tillian and his dedicated team, who transform local ingredients and game from their own hunting expeditions into mouth-watering delights with a healthy portion of passion.
Anyone drawn in by the spectacular mountain views is able to make the most of the hotel’s location to head out hiking or snow-shoeing, depending on the season – or cruising through the countryside on an e-bike. It doesn’t matter which mode of transport you choose – pure enjoyment awaits us here, and it’s all sustainable.