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SAVOIR VIVRE GOLF LYONESS OPEN INFO Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity 9. bis 12. Juni 2016 June 9 - 12, 2016 Pro-Am: 6. Juni, June 6 Tickets: lyonessopen.com VIP-Tickets & Hospitality: email@example.com Austragungsort Venue Diamond Country Club Am Golfplatz 1 3452 Atzenbrugg countryclub.at Programm Programme Montag, 6. Juni Offizieller Trainingstag Dienstag, 7. Juni Offizieller Trainingstag Soiree: „The Opening“ Mittwoch, 8. Juni European Tour Pro-Am & Dinner Donnerstag, 9. Juni 1. Spieltag Anzahl der teilnehmenden Spieler: 156 Freitag, 10. Juni 2. Spieltag, CUT der Top-65-Spieler Samstag, 11. Juni 3. Spieltag Sonntag, 12. Juni Finaltag & Siegerehrung Monday, June 6 Official training day Tuesday, June 7 Official training day Soiree: „The Opening“ Wednesday, June 8 European Tour Pro/Am & dinner Thursday, June 9 1st round Number of players: 156 Friday, June 10 2nd round, CUT the top 65 players Saturday, June 11 3rd round Sunday, June 12 Final day & prize ceremony am Ende seiner Ausbaustufe. „Nachbessern wird man immer müssen, will man modern bleiben“, stellt Guzy fest. Die Trainings-Facilities sind atemberaubend und mit dem Hotel am Platz wurde aus dem Golfclub ein Golfresort. Ein Umstand, der nicht nur den Stars der European Tour ausgesprochen gut gefällt. Vom Bett ans Tee in drei Minuten ist auch für uns Hobbygolfer ein griffiges Argument. Und falls Ihnen mal so gar nicht nach Championship-Golf ist: Zusätzlich garantieren der 9-Loch Park Course und der Country Course, ein 7-Loch-Platz, der derzeit auf 18-Loch erweitert wird, unvergessliche Golfmomente rund um den zentral gelegenen, 10 Hektar großen See. Since the rise of Bernd Wiesberger to the top 50 in the world, everything has been a little different: A valuable factor in itself has become even more precious – time. Bernd Wiesberger has permanently been in the spotlight within the golf scene and therefore in great demand for more than one year, and not only in Austria. His schedule is completely filled, which hardly leaves any space for spontaneous actions. This fact makes it even more pleasing for local golf fans that the top star will be present for a week during the Lyoness Open presented by Greenfinity. Autographs – please after the round! – will be given as well as the numerous celebrity selfies that can be taken with Bernd. It should not be a big burden for the Burgenland native who has risen to the world’s top players that he again carries the title hopes in 2016. Even with all the hype surrounding his person. But Bernd may have a (nearly) perfect record at Diamond Country Club. Only the slip in the first round in 2015 tarnishes the score a little. It was also the only score over par throughout his five appearances in Atzenbrugg. His analysis after the missed cut was a mixture of contrite and laid-back: „This kind of thing can happen, but it shouldn’t.“ We think that in 2016, this will guaranteed not happen. Bernd has matured even more by experience, has successfully completed his first major European team performance at the Eurasia Cup in mid- January. Next to Ian Poulter and with captain Darren Clarke, he at least had a taste of the Ryder Cup. Clarke will lead the European team at the Ryder Cup in the US this September and has definitely already Das gemütliche Innere im Bootshaus. The comfortable interior design at the boat house. written the name Bernd Wiesberger into his notebook. A victory in Atzenbrugg would probably add an exclamation mark to his name. The event What was born out of necessity in 2011 has, over the years, evolved into a top event on the European Tour. Diamond Country Club owner Christian Guzy remembers: „We had the chance to get the course in 2011 because Fontana quit and I took the risk. The place was not yet ready, but I saw the potential.“ Today, five years later, the Lyoness Open presented by Greenfinity has arrived in the Champions League of European golf and is one of the top 10 events of the tour. This also helps when it comes to attracting top players to Atzenbrugg. „We don’t have the option to buy top league players such as they do it in Abu Dhabi, Qatar or Dubai. We try to score points with other assets,“ said Ali Al Khaffaf, Managing Director of the organiser Golf Open Event GmbH. This was the case with players such as Padraig Harrington or Graeme McDowell. Miguel Angel Jimenez, guest star of recent years, was „lured“ by Christian Guzy with the redesign of the course. Jimenez is responsible for the conversion of the 8th hole, the 17th hole during „tour mode“ because the fairways are reversed for the Lyoness Open. Thus, both the opulent VIP area as well as the spectators on the great grandstand behind the green are more closely involved in the tournament. The hospitality area has grown along with the tournament: Catering can withstand any international comparison, as well as the Boathouse, the digni- PHOTOS: DIAMOND COUNTRY CLUB, MICHAEL RZEPA (2) Stylische Innenansicht eines Apartments der Apartmentanlage, die 2015 eröffnet wurde. Stylish insight to one apartment of the apartment resort at DCC which was opened in 2015. fied VIP area including lounge next to the water obstacle that makes the final hole so dangerous. A day at the Lyoness Open in the VIP area is just like a spa vacation, heightened by top golf and fantastic gastronomy. The course & the hotel Over the years, in addition to Bernd Wiesberger’s athletic performance boost, the course and the facilities have improved enormously. Christian Guzy has left no stone unturned and developed the Diamond Course to a top tour course during the past five years. The Boathouse, virtually the second clubhouse at Diamond CC, conquered the hearts of the members and guests from day one. Development of the course took more time for technical reasons: Reconstruction work means restrictions for members and green fee guests. It was necessary to proceed cautiously. Today, Christian Guzy has reached the first major milestone as the course has essentially completed its expansion phase. „Improvements will always be necessary in order to stay state-of-the-art,“ he asserts. The training facilities are stunning and the hotel turned the golf club into a golf resort – a fact which not only pleases the stars of the European Tour. From bed to the tee in three minutes is a convincing benefit for us hobby golfers as well! But more than that, if you are at times not in the mood for championship golf: In addition to the 9-hole Park Course and the Country Course, the 7-hole course, which is currently being expanded to 18 holes, guarantees memorable golf moments around the central, 10-hectare lake. The United Nations Golf Club (UNGC) is a dynamic group of golfers consisting of serving and retired staff of International Organizations in Vienna, Permanent Missions, Embassies and their immediate families. UNGC activities focus on friendly and challenge tournaments at golf courses around Vienna as well as golf excursions within Austria and abroad. The UNGC has a membership of over 200 players. To register or contact us please visit our web site www.ungc.eu and click “Join the club”. 140 Cercle Diplomatique 1/2016