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  • Winter hike around the Severiano Ballesteros Golf Course
    / Winter hike around the Severiano Ballesteros Golf Course
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  • / Winter hike around the Severiano Ballesteros Golf Course
    Photo: Crans-Montana Tourisme & Congrès
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  • / Winter hike around the Severiano Ballesteros Golf Course
    Photo: Crans-Montana Tourisme & Congrès
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A wonderful hike around the Severiano Ballesteros Golf Course, a legendary 18-hole course where the renowned Omega European Masters are held every year. This very easy walk benefits from an exceptional setting and offers a breathtaking view of the Rhône valley.
easy
Distance 2.3 km
0:37 h
49 m
48 m

The hike begins at the Miedzor restaurant, whose terrace overlooks the golf course. This picturesque walk is accessible to all, including those with buggies – indeed, the sun-kissed circuit is particularly popular with families at weekends. The Severiano Ballesteros Golf Course is one of the oldest and most beautiful in Switzerland, and has welcomed some of the biggest names in the sport. When you reach the “Snow Island” section of the course, you’ll discover a true paradise for kids: beginner’s ski pistes, snowtubing, sledging and the “Maison de Bibi”, which offers a host of free events and activities for children. Parents can relax on sun loungers on the terraces at the snack bar (which also has an indoor area) or the performance centre (an indoor golf facility).

You then make your way along the far end of the Etang Long lake, a particular favourite amongst ice-skaters. You will arrive at the Sporting, a restaurant with a sunny terrace, bringing you almost right back to where you started.

Author’s recommendation

The Severiano Ballesteros Golf Course is legendary. The Omega European Masters are held here every year and welcome a host of renowned players. The course is also considered one of the world’s most beautiful, thanks to the exceptional view of the surrounding peaks.
Difficulty
easy
Technique
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Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Golf course Ballesteros, 1,470 m
Lowest point
Golf course Ballesteros, 1,421 m
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Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Valais/Wallis Promotion accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on “Print” icon, top right of this page.
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals. Do not leave any waste in nature.
  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger, especially the danger of avalanches.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible, avoid going alone.

Tips and hints

More information about the destination: 

Start

Crans-Montana, restaurant Crans-Miedzor (1,446 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'601'558E 1'127'830N
DD
46.301877, 7.458859
DMS
46°18'06.8"N 7°27'31.9"E
UTM
32T 381317 5128743
w3w 
///manliness.handicaps.zealous

Destination

Crans-Montana, restaurant Crans-Miedzor

Turn-by-turn directions

The Severiano Ballesteros Golf Course is legendary. The Omega European Masters are held here every year and welcome a host of renowned players. The course is also considered one of the world’s most beautiful, thanks to the exceptional view of the surrounding peaks.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By bus or by funicular from Sierre to Crans-Montana. Follow the red markings on the floor to reach the funicular from Sierre train station.

Getting there

A9 highway exit at Sierre-Ouest, follow the national road via Chermigon until Crans. From there, take the cable car to Cry d’Er. The hike starts at the Hotel Miedzor, which is easily accessible from the centre. Otherwise, the local bus brings you close (stop “Sporting”).

Parking

Parking Sporting next to the starting point. Follow the local car park routeing.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'601'558E 1'127'830N
DD
46.301877, 7.458859
DMS
46°18'06.8"N 7°27'31.9"E
UTM
32T 381317 5128743
w3w 
///manliness.handicaps.zealous
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Crans-Montana has got brochures and information material about hiking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:50'000: 283S Montana

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water, picnic
  • camera
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, top right, to download)

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
2.3 km
Duration
0:37 h
Ascent
49 m
Descent
48 m
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