Andorra Offers New Mountain High Golf
There's a new golf course in Andorra, nestled high in the mountains. Grandvalira Golf Soldeu is situated in Pla d' Espiolets. Reachable by an
eight-passenger cable car, it is Europe's highest elevated golf course at 2,590 metres (2,850 yards) high. The nine-hole course is surrounded by the
natural beauty of the mountains, creating a unique setting.
The Pyrenees Mountains make a beautiful backdrop for this golf course. The scenic area has flowing waterfalls, interesting semicircle cliffs, wooded
areas, great elevation, metallic ores, stratified rock, wildlife, mineral springs and hot springs. Though it makes a great place for a ski resort, it is also a
peaceful place to be when the sun is shining and a warm breeze is in the air. Now holidaymakers can experience a resort setting that focuses on golf
rather than skiing.
The Planning of Grandvalira Golf Soldeu
Planning the location of the new golf course wasn't easy. It took four years and 3 million euros to plan. The idea was to carefully embed the golf course
in the natural environment of the Pyrenees Mountains without disturbing its surroundings. British expert Jeremy Pern led the project. He is famous for
his work in designing golf courses.
Building the highest elevated golf course became a labour of love. It is a unique experience for golfers, since it is the only golf course that requires a
ride in a cable car to access it. Aside from planning how to get tourists to and from the golf course, a lot of time was devoted to the project. Other time
consuming details included construction, greens, planting trees, sodding grass, figuring out how to keep the grass lush, shaping the course and
figuring out how to carefully weave the holes among the mountains without disrupting the balance of nature.
Boosting Tourism in Andorra
Andorra is mainly dependent on tourism for its economy to survive. The area brings in more than 9 million visitors per year, mainly from its ski resorts,
but there is more to Andorra than the snow-capped mount