Newly Redesigned Golf Course Opens at the Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne

Golfers Play Above the Clouds at Switzerland's Newest Luxury Resort

LUCERNE, SZ. May 10, 2017 – Stunningly situated 3,000 feet above spectacular Lake Lucerne and set amid a forest of fir trees, the newly renovated golf course at the Bürgenstock Alpine Golf opened for play last week. Besides enjoying a new challenging course, guests at Switzerland's newest luxury resort will have breathtaking views of some of the Swiss Alps' most fabled peaks: the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau as well as the Stanserhorn and Buochserhorn.

Open from April to the end of October, the 2,175-yard Par 33 course (women's 1,946-yard) offers tremendous variety. Head Pro Jim Broughton waxes poetic about
the course's signature Hole 5, a Par 3 with an intimidating water hazard guarding the front right and a two-tiered green. He advises staying short and left. He describes the first hole as tough, as the Par 4 hole can lead to a blind second shot. The last hole is a beautiful Par 3 offering a stunning view of the 6,982-foot Mount Pilatus on most days. As the wind can sometimes be tricky here, Broughton recommends golfers choose their club carefully.

Built on the mountain pastures of the Trogenalp in 1928, the original nine-hole Alpine course – one of Switzerland's first courses – was carved out of the rock and granite cliffs. Soil was taken from the crevasses of a former glacier and stone from the excavated cliffs. In 2013, Stadler Golf Courses, Germany's preeminent golf course design firm and one of the top in Europe teamed up with Sommerfeld, another well-respected German firm known for its skill in course construction, to undertake a comprehensive re-design, while keeping the course's signature features including magnificent stands of beech and spruce trees and large rock outcroppings. Städler architects are known for designing sustainable courses in harmony with their natural settings.

A new course layout was fashioned to make play more challenging. Tees, fairways and greens were rebuilt. Two water hazards were introduced and new trees were added.

In its continuing effort to be sustainable, the resort stipulated that excavation materials be repurposed for the course's construction. Throughout the course, a sustainable irrigation system was introduced and modern drainage was installed. Water is being extracted from the resort's cooling and heating water system and recycled to be used again. The new driving range will open next month.

Greens fees for hotel guests start at CHF70 (about US$71) for nine holes on weekdays and go up to CHF110 (about US$111) for 18 holes on the weekends.

After a round of golf, guests will want to head for the Golf Restaurant which serves
seasonal Swiss dishes such as White Asparagus Royal Mimosa, Strozzapreti with Wild Garlic and local Bürgenstock Sbrinz cheese for its spring menu, as well as classics like Caesar Salad, Beef Tartare and a Wagu Golf Burger. Chef Grössinger sources milk and cheese from the local Canton and sustainable fish and quality meats from local Swiss purveyors as well as from France and Ireland. Golfers can choose to dine on the terrace with its beer garden ambiance or, in cooler weather, sit by the fire inside. The cozy restaurant is also ideal for parties and can accommodate up to 40 guests.

The Bürgenstock Resort will open this summer for guests. For further information go to Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne, call 011 41 41 612 9010 or email info@buergenstock.ch.

Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne

Sitting 2,800 feet above Lake Lucerne, the car-free resort includes 4 hotels with 383 rooms and suites, a healthy living centre, 12 restaurants, lounges and bars, 67 residence suites, a 10,000m2 Alpine spa, a 9-hole golf course, 3 tennis courts and a wide range of leisure activities and cultural amenities. The Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne is part of the Bürgenstock Selection – Katara Hospitality Switzerland AG. Katara Hospitality Switzerland AG is the developer and operator of the Swiss hotels on behalf of Katara Hospitality in Doha. Currently the portfolio consists of the Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne (383 rooms), the Hotel Schweizerhof in Bern (99 rooms) and the Hotel Royal Savoy Lausanne (196 rooms). The total investment volume of Katara Hospitality in Switzerland is one billion Swiss francs.

About

Media contact:

Meredith Pillon
T: 212-289-1627
E: meredith@meredithpillon.com

Related News

Coming up in March 2018...

Human Resources: Value Creation

Businesses must evolve to stay competitive and this is also true of employment positions within those organizations. In the hotel industry, for example, the role that HR professionals perform continues to broaden and expand. Today, they are generally responsible for five key areas - government compliance; payroll and benefits; employee acquisition and retention; training and development; and organizational structure and culture. In this enlarged capacity, HR professionals are no longer seen as part of an administrative cost center, but rather as a member of the leadership team that creates strategic value within their organization. HR professionals help to define company policies and plans; enact and enforce systems of accountability; and utilize definable metrics to measure and justify outcomes. Of course, there are always new issues for HR professionals to address. Though seemingly safe for the moment, will the Affordable Care Act ultimately be repealed and replaced and, if so, what will the ramifications be? There are issues pertaining to Millennials in the workforce and women in leadership roles, as well as determining the appropriate use of social media within the organization. There are new onboarding processes and e-learning training platforms to evaluate, in addition to keeping abreast of political issues like the minimum wage hike movement, or the re-evaluation of overtime rules. Finally, there are genuine immigration and deportation issues that affect HR professionals, especially if they are located in Dreamer Cities, or employ a workforce that could be adversely impacted by federal government policies. The March Hotel Business Review will take a look at some of the issues, strategies and techniques that HR professionals are employing to create and sustain value in their organization.