Switzerland is not known for its famous golf courses. It is known for the Alps and skiing. In the autumn there is a “form” of golf available at one particular area in the alps known as the Engstligenalp paradise. This mountain paradise is a valley which sits at about 6,500 feet above sea level and is accessible only by cable car. High above the valley is the fantastically beautiful 600 meter-high Engstligenfälle, a large mountain waterfall. The peak of the mountain above rises to 10,640 feet above sea level.
In the summertime the area is home to about 500 cows and when the cows leave their summering area, golf is played.
In order to preserve the pristine paradise, the golf is a little different. Tees and greens are made from artificial turf and have a very small footprint. Some tees are built out of wooden pallets with turf on top (below).
Below is a public relations description, converted from swiss to english.
Golfing in thin mountain air, on a natural basis, with constantly changing wind and weather conditions – here is the new golfing experience.
The 14 km2 large, flat plateau of the Engstligenalp in Adelboden belongs to Sennen in the summer. About 500 animals live during this time on the plane and enjoy the juicy herbal and fresh mountain air. Once the cows leave their summering, fly on Engstligenalp again the golf balls. Played by classical rules of golf, the game is designed in a nature reserve, of course, a little different than on accurate groomed golf course. Although golf mountain is not a links course in the traditional sense, but it has with such a natural golf course lot in common. To protect the landscape, is aufgeteed at each stroke as in winter golf. Moreover tee and the green are generously equipped with high-quality artificial turf. The natural stone sectors, the headwaters and quickly changing winds are an additional challenge for any golfer. , the golfer and the golfer spend all day in a breathtaking mountain panorama. The backdrop provides the perfect ambience to be completely involved in the game and forget the stresses of everyday life. To complete the infrastructure is a driving range is built. New offers this – in addition to the discount options on artificial turf and natural grass – three practice holes, which can be played even by inexperienced golfers without handicap. Thus, the golf course golf mountain also offers a perfect setting for corporate events.
Below: Berg (local) hotel in summer and winter