I am in the mini bus heading to the other course in the St Moritz area, this is the oldest course in Switzerland and it is also the sixth oldest golf course in Europe. I couldnít wait to see how this compared to yesterdayís course.
My first impression was that you could tell this course had been here for a while and looked more mature and settled in its surroundings and what surroundings they are. Just like yesterday the Alps dominate their snow-capped tops juxtaposed against the blue sky, I could certainly get used to playing here.
After a coffee and a warm up I crash my drive down the first hole which measures 396-yards, itís a gentle opening hole but there is water just short of the green. The 2nd is the first of two back-to-back par 5s with this one measuring 541-yards, a drive and a 3-wood sees me just short of the green and what a green. I stop some 50-yards back, iPhone in hand, the green rises from the fairway with a bunker front left, but itís the snow-capped mountain rising up behind it and framing the green that makes a truly stunning feature.
The 3rd is a brute of a hole from the back tee measuring 601-yards. Make sure you play to the left of the pine tree to open up the green on the 348-yard 4th hole or you will block yourself out. Although the course feels quite open a lot of the holes are tree lined, there is plenty of room but if you do miss the fairway the grass is very deep.
There is only one par 3 on the front nine and that comes at the 7th hole and measure 197-yards, the front nine comes to a close with a beautiful little par 4 that brings you back to the clubhouse and another great halfway hut.
The back nine opens up with a 236-yard par 3 played from an elevated tee and where the front nine only had one par 3, the back nine makes up for that having three all of which are great holes with the 15th and 17th both playing over water.
Like yesterday, the course comes to another stunning close this time with a par 5, measuring 562-yards with water on the right of the fairway in the driving area. The hole then starts to funnel in with trees lining both sides of the fairway towards the green.
Sitting in the bar sharing a few beers, everyone is agreed it is another stunning course in a magnificent setting. I am playing these courses in early June and I know given another month they will be in pristine condition, what I also know is when you come you will enjoy every minute of your time here no matter how good or bad your golf game is.
Top Morning mist over the 17th green. Above 5th, 6th and 15th greens
The amazing backdrop at the par 5, 3rd green
Sunrise over the Samedan golf course and one of the many flat designed bunkers