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Golfers begin teeing off on Europe's highest course

The mountain scenery is one of the highlights for golfers heading to Arosa (picture: Golf Club Arosa)

(swissinfo.ch)

The highest 18-hole golf course in Europe has opened for play in Arosa. It is just one of the summer attractions in the Graubünden resort.

Lying at 1,800 metres above sea level, the golf course was originally built during the Second World War - but was limited to nine holes. The architect was Donald Harradine and none other than his son has now completed the expansion.

The Golf Club Arosa says Peter Harradine has successfully carried on his father's work of building a course while at the same time respecting the alpine landscape.

The par 65-course also boasts a driving range and an approach and putting green. It is open from the end of May until the middle of October.

Not everyone inspired by Arosa's mountain scenery need run around after an elusive white ball to express themselves. The tourist office is offering what it calls "Creative Holidays".

The acclaimed painter and sculptor, Wèlé Bertschinger, is giving courses in the fine art of making garden gnomes. Course participants can choose the material they work with, and Bertschinger and the Arosa tourist office take care of the rest, from expert instruction, to accommodation and meals.

Arosa likes to fill its long-summer nights with the sound of music. Classical and folk music concerts are being given in different venues in the resort throughout July and August.

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