Golf - Germany

Old Sep 3rd, 2005, 09:41 AM
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Golf - Germany

Does anyone have any experience with golfing in Germany? I would like to spend 3-4 weeks in Germany during the summer, but my husband doesn't like to be away from his golf game that long (especially since our golf season isn't real long). I thought a golf vacation might be a good compromise and would appreciate any advice about places where there would be a variety of golf courses. I was hoping we could rent an apartment in an area with several courses within driving distance. Thanks.
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My husband has brought over clubs a couple of times, but not for Germany. However, I can't imagine Germany will be any different than Netherlands, France and Swizterland, which have a large number of courses.

I figured out for him where to go by intensive searches via Google, looking at various golf sites, etc. He has mostly played outside Paris, in Amsterdam, once in Monaco, and once in Perigeux.

Start here:
http://www.golfeurope.com/euro_clubs...lf-courses.htm
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Old Sep 3rd, 2005, 04:06 PM
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If you're interesting in visiting the Rothenburg area, the castle hotel Burg Colmberg has a golf course. It's just a few kms. east of Rothenburg. A nice hotel with a good restaurant.

http://www.burg-colmberg.de/index_e.html
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Old Sep 4th, 2005, 01:25 PM
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I play over here.

While Golf was not traditionally played, courses nowadays are abundant. Most are private clubs, though. However, they will let you play for a fee if you have proof that you belong to a club in your home country. During weekends there might be restrictions, though, such as guests only allowed in the company of members.

If you would point out, which regions you are interested in, I might be able to give a few tips of which courses are worth playing.
My expertise is a bit more profound in the North, though and will suffer from severe lack of having played in the Southwestern and Western regions.

One option you might enjoy is Bad Saarow, close to Berlin. There is a resort there that sports three courses: one a beginner's paradise, the others being designed by Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo. The Faldo course is rated the most difficult in Germany - and from my experience it truly is. Conditioning is awesome, though, but prices are steep.
Berlin is just about an hour by car away, should you be interested in indulging into some culture and are ready for some change in activities.
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Old Sep 4th, 2005, 01:35 PM
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Thank you for your responses. I was thinking perhaps southern Germany but there isn't any reason we need to stay there. I just want to be in a place where a few days a week my husband could golf and other days we could explore the country. We might even spend 2 weeks in one place and 2 weeks in another. Our trips to Europe have tended to be 3 days here and 3 days there (trying to cover lots of places)and never long enough in any one area to explore in a leisurely fashion.
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If Southern Germany is your destination of choice, you might want to take a look at Bad Griesbach in the Rottal Valley. This is just Southwest of Passau, close to the Austrian border with Linz and Salzburg not too far a drive away.
Bad Griesbach offers some 6 18-hole courses, I believe that are all resort courses and therefore accessible to the public.
Take a look at www.columbia-hotels.com
or www.hartl.de/en, although these are hotels and not apartments. Do inquire whether it might be mandatory to stay at a hotel there on order to obtain playing privileges.
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I've played at Bad Griesbach and I didn't have to stay at one of the hotels, but be careful don't play the Lederbach course as its like playing on a ski slope.

There are a lot of courses around Munich but you will need a car as they are out of town. The average price is around 40-50 Euro mid-week but you must have a handicap card, in Germany if you don't have a handicap then you must do a series of lessons and tests before they'll let you on.

Also, I can recommend golf in Austria, especially around Salzburg, here's a german language website but it's fairly easy to navigate, just look under clubs and then click on the map of Austria.
www.golf.at

I can also strongly recommend the courses at Bad Saarow although the resort appears to change its name frequently, I think its now called arosa, but it has been known as Kempinski & Palmerston

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Why there are many people playing golf now. I think this game was pretty hard to learn. It's items was pretty expensive. Is there anything advantage of this sport from the other sport.

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My dad took his clubs on a month long trip we took in 1970. He played once - at Baden-Baden.

He had to come back to the hotel to change out of his shorts and wear long pants. And he was about the only player on the course which he described as one up up from a cow pasture.
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