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Bill III (aka Otter) was asking how much time we would have in Vienna, etc., and said to be sure not to "crowd" myself by taking an afternoon off and playing golf. My response, which he now understands, is that some folks love to visit museums, some folks love the opera, some folks love to visit castles. I, however, think playing on a unique golf course in a different country is a rare opportunity to see part of the local culture. I have, for example, played on the only 18 hole golf course in Israel (it is on the coast), and wouldn't trade that experience for anything...not even visiting another Roman ruin (of which there are dozens in Israel). Not that I don't appreciate architecture, art, opera, or museums....but golf is something I love.

The good news is that there is a little 'culture' involved with the Schoenborn Golf Club because it is a castle. You can view it all right here (use the pull down menu to view it all):

Each of the 27 holes are here (we'll play 1 - 18):

The picture they show on the home page is a par 3 that plays back to the front of the castle. The first time I played there I didn't putt too well because I was drooling over all the pheasants and deer on the course - as well as the beauty of the course. Last time I played there I didn't see any of either game as it was a hot day and they were most likely hiding in the woods.

Your son is correct in trying to plan a "see Vienna in one day or two days" time. You are also correct in seeing and doing the things that you love on your travels. You are already booked to see the number one item that people coming to Vienna for a one or two day adventure must see - the Schoenbrunn Palace. It pretty much sums up old Vienna. That palace, the opera house, some museums, the Spanish Riding School, the big cathedral in the center, Heldenplatz and a walking tour of the pedestrian district center of town is about what the average tourist sees in one or two days time before moving on to the next city. You will see most of the architecture and 'sights' near your hotel if you are staying in the center. Of course, my wife and I always take guests to places that the average tourist would never find out about. Places the Austrians themselves go to eat and see 'culture'. If you were here a week later, I would drag you to the opera where I will be performing in Carmen. I could sing a few bars in the car on the way to the course to complete your 'cultural' tour.... ;-)

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