This very short 9 holer sits on a plateau in the middle of a grand Alpine setting. And while the plateau itself is relatively walkable, the difficulty is to get up there. And down after 9 holes and up again, if one were to play 18. The transition from the first green to the second tee is certainly one of the harshest climbs in golf. The place is definitely in need of a cable car or an elevator, which sounds ridiculous, but has actually been done on Alpine courses.

Incredibly, once the climb has been mastered, golf on the plateau features more routing desasters: for some reason the club wanted a reserve hole and that actually means this hole has to be walked in its entirety on a regular round. Also, for some tees the golfer has to scramble down a hill only to hit up it again. And the only par 5 of the round is made artificially longer, as if to make up for the shortness of the other holes. And finally, the highest point of the course was not used for a panorama tee, it just has to be crossed and then descended on the other side to get to the next hole.

But despite all of this, it is still a stunning mountain location with impressive views and, as befits such a site, a bunch of very quirky golf holes. Where replay interest figures in the overall scheme of things must remain an open question, but as a one-off experience it is hard to beat. There are thousands of golf courses that are quite good, but also quite like some others. This one is totally unique and the severity of the routing is probably a big part of that. The one par 5 is a very radical design that would be talked about at length, were it on a course like Perranporth or Arran. The rest are par 3s and short par 4s, but without the reserve hole it might have been possible to carve another stunner out of the hill.