Maloja Golf Club. (1897 - WW2)

A golf course was built in Maloja in 1897 and laid out between Hotel Maloja Palace and the Maloja pass. The course had 9-holes with a par of 34.

Early mention of the golf course in August 1897.


Maloja Golf Club, Switzerland. Article from the Clifton Society August 1897.

From the Clifton Society Thursday 12th August 1897. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


On August 31st 1900, “le Golf” states that the golf course was laid out by John Morris, the professional from Hoylake. George Dunn, who in winter worked at Biarritz, was the professional at Maloja. 

In 1904 George Alexander, the actor, a keen golfer, was elected captain for the year. In August he took a team to play the Societe de Golf de Paris, Mr Alexander led his side to victory, halving his match against M. Pierre Descahmps, the Societe's captain. 


Maloja Golf Club. The course 1910.

The course in 1910.


Maloja Golf Club. Palace Hotel and golf course.

Above the Palace Hotel and golf course.


Maloja Golf Club, Switzerland. Article from The Sphere in August 1923.

Article from The Sphere August 4th 1923. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


Between 1925 and 1927 the course was extended to 18-holes, then again reduced to 9 holes in 1931. 


Maloja Golf Club. Course layout 1931.

Layout of the nine-hole course in 1931.


Course in 1931.

View of the course in 1931.


Maloja Golf Club, Switzeralnd. Players on the Maloja golf course.

Golfing at Maloja.


The club appears in the 1947 Golfer’s Handbook when the secretary was R Frick. The professional was A Gow and the green-keeper B Marinoni. Visitors’ fees were 5 francs a day, 20 francs a week and 100 francs for the season.

Although it’s recorded in 1947 (above) general opinion is that the course had disappeared between 1939 and 1945. 

The Google Map below pinpoints Maloja Palace (see above course planner).