Swiss Seniors Open Tournament
Always a Warm Welcome in Bad Ragaz
Super weather conditions, a championship golf course, and the who’s who participant list of the Swiss Seniors Open made last year’s 21st anniversary edition more exciting than ever. British golfer Philip Golding emerged victorious on the 18-hole PGA Championship Course at the Golf Club Bad Ragaz. Being the only Swiss stop on the Staysure Tour, the tournament will hopefully once again live up to its reputation as one of the best events on the entire tour.
The tournament has been held in Bad Ragaz with Credit Suisse as sponsoring partner since 1997.
We are looking forward to the tournament and its world-class players.
The Tournament – July 6 to 8, 2018
Since its inception, the Swiss Seniors Open has been the largest and most important professional golf tournament in German-speaking Switzerland, and the second-largest in Switzerland as a whole. In terms of the number of international tournament victories already achieved by participants, the Swiss Seniors Open is the undisputed number one among the Swiss golf tournaments. Former Bad Ragaz winners have enjoyed a total of 294 victories on the international professional tournament circuit. The top ten in the current Order of Merit have triumphed a total of 135 times. Top-level golf from some of the best players in the game is guaranteed.
The 18-hole PGA Championship Course at the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz offers everything that golf enthusiasts could possibly desire.
Here beginners and professionals alike find a very special challenge. The 5,707 meter long symbiosis of golf and the natural world – slope 125, course rating 70.2 – was designed by Don Harradine for all types of play as a flat golf course which combines all the beauties of nature. Many a golfing ace has succumbed to the special charm of this course, with its exceptional standard of care, the unspoiled park setting with firs, birches and pines, the natural water hazards and the impressive mountain backdrop.
The first tee and eighteenth green are situated directly next to the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz.
Remodeling on the Golf Course
Thanks to its loving attention to detail and care of its perfect greens, Bad Ragaz Golf Club offers a special golfing experience. Set against an unrivaled mountain backdrop and within a beautiful park area, as a member of The Leading Golf Courses, the club strives for perfection so that discerning guests feel comfortable in every respect.
Best-Maintained Golf Course in Switzerland
At the start of 2017, Bad Ragaz Golf Club was rewarded for its efforts: The readers of the magazine Golf Leader voted the 18-hole PGA Championship Course the best-maintained course in Switzerland. Such achievements motivate the club to keep developing its facilities – and so the course has boasted some new features since the start of the season.
New Water Hazards
After rehabilitation work on the Giessensee lake was completed and the watercourse beside the 6th, 7th, and 8th holes was widened, the second phase of upgrading the golf course in Bad Ragaz began in November, with the clearing of the Niklausenbach stream. This means that, since 2017, guests can look forward to seeing a new watercourse, which flows over a small waterfall behind the 9th tee into a redesigned lake next to the 11th hole. These new water hazards will not only make play more interesting, but they also improve the habitat for wildlife. In addition, water – as one of Bad Ragaz's key features – is being made even more visible for golfers and guests at the spa.
New Practice Facilities
While the clubhouse was being rebuilt, the putting and chipping green was relaid and enlarged. The natural and artificial grass tees at the driving range have been renewed so that Bad Ragaz Golf Club now has even better practice facilities.
New Clubhouse Opened
Building work on a new clubhouse in Bad Ragaz started in September 2016. On April 29, 2017, the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz was able to start using Bad Ragaz Golf Club's new home as scheduled. The modern building will house the new golf restaurant, which goes by the name of "gladys," the golf shop, the golf secretariat, changing rooms, and caddies' and technical rooms, and will also be available for non-golf events. After a long period of planning, the old clubhouse had to make way for the construction of a new, modern home for Bad Ragaz Golf Club on September 20, 2016. The building was opened on April 29, 2017, 222 days after building work began. The appeal of the new clubhouse at the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz lies in its clean lines. Seated on an impressive plinth, this elegant, single-story building is made of dark wood and wide expanses of glass; with its open feel and a beautiful sun terrace, it is an ideal place to while away the time.
The Swiss Seniors Open is a 54-hole stroke play tournament on the Staysure Tour.
54 professionals play one round on each of the three tournament days.
In the event of a tie after three rounds, the winner is decided in a sudden-death playoff.
The results of the Swiss Seniors Open are available on the following link: