125 larches mark the anniversary

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Our ‘local’ golf course, the Engadine Golf Course, happens to be Switzerland’s oldest golf club. Established in 1893 it is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year with a series of events.

Preparations for this anniversary began in 2016 when the club planted 125 sapling larch trees on the Samedan and Zuoz courses. With some of the existing larch trees even older than Samedan, 125 club members sponsored the planting of a single larch each to guarantee the future of both courses and their characteristic larch populations.

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I particularly like the fact that these beautiful trees have added to golfers’ challenges over the years. Depending on the position of the ball they often prevent the golfer from seeing the green beyond and therefore getting a clear swing.

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This sustainability project was recognised at an Anniversary Tournament on National Swiss Day this year – August 1 – when Mixed Foursomes were played, just as it would have been some 125 years ago.

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Another nugget from the past to mark the jubilee, when sandwiches used to be washed down with whisky for breakfast before playing, a 20-year-old single malt whisky by Glentauchers has been decanted into just 246 numbered bottles, 125 of which come with a matching decanter designed by Robert Niederer.

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