North East Germany

We've grouped the regional golf federations of Berlin/Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony/Thuringia to create the North East area of Germany with a total of 61 courses.

Although the North East has the fewest courses of all regions, two of their layouts are good enough to warrant a European Top 100 ranking. The Faldo course at Sporting Club Berlin has been around since 1997 and it makes the cut for the European chart, along with another new track, Winston (Links), which made a very recent appearance on the German golf scene in 2011.

As can be expected, much of the golf is played in the metropolitan area of Berlin, where Seddiner See (South) by Robert Trent Jones Jnr and historical Berlin Wannsee (Karl Hoffmann) are the picks, whereas on the Eastern front it's hard not to have fun at Dresden Elbflorenz.

However, the real story of the North East is its unique golf resorts. After the reunification of Germany a whole new country was opened up for development and while some of it crashed and burned, the golf projects came away mostly unscathed. Fleesensee is the largest operation with 72 holes, amongst them the Schloss course by Stan Eby. A-Rosa Scharmützelsee at Bad Saarow adds an Arnold Palmer track and another Stan Eby to the flagship Faldo course.

Balmer See on the island of Usedom is holiday golf at its best: 36 exciting, but not too difficult holes and a tasteful hotel concept. 20 minutes across the island another resort opened recently: Baltic Hills hopes to prove that one course is just a course, but two courses are a destination.

Not on an island, but also on the coast is wind-swept Wittenbeck by Christoph Städler, who designed another dark horse at the southern end of the region: the Goethe course near Weimar. Like the "Geheimrat" himself, the place is full of character – as is the entire region.

Top 100 Golf Courses - North East Germany

Winston (Links)

1st North East Germany - Best in Area

The Canadian architect David Krause certainly moved the earth to create the Winston Links course, which is set in a sandy landscape, and is described as an inland links.

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Description: The Canadian architect David Krause certainly moved the earth to create the Winston Links course, which is set in a sandy landscape, and is described as an inland links. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Sporting Club Berlin (Faldo)

2nd North East Germany - Best in Area

There are golf holes to spare at Sporting Club Berlin Scharmützelsee – 63 in total – but the centrepiece of this golf resort, which is situated in Bad Saarow next to the beautiful Lake Scharmützel, is the Nick Faldo course.

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Description: There are golf holes to spare at Sporting Club Berlin Scharmützelsee – 63 in total – but the centrepiece of this golf resort, which is situated in Bad Saarow next to the beautiful Lake Scharmützel, is the Nick Faldo course. Rating: 5 out of 6

Seddiner See (Süd)

3rd North East Germany - Best in Area

Seddiner See is one of Germany’s great golfing venues and it lies in the heart of the lake district, to the south of Berlin City Centre and it’s reachable by car in about 30 minutes via the autobahn.

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Description: Seddiner See is one of Germany’s great golfing venues and it lies in the heart of the lake district, to the south of Berlin City Centre and it’s reachable by car in about 30 minutes via the autobahn. Rating: 4.5 out of 6

Sporting Club Berlin (Palmer)

4th North East Germany - Best in Area

Arnold Palmer laid out the first course at the Berlin Sporting Club back in 1995 and it’s a cracker and probably the course you’ll want to limber up on first.

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Description: Arnold Palmer laid out the first course at the Berlin Sporting Club back in 1995 and it’s a cracker and probably the course you’ll want to limber up on first. Rating: 5 out of 6

Berlin-Wannsee (Championship)

5th North East Germany - Best in Area

Formed as Berlin Golf Club by British and American diplomats back in 1895, Golf- und Land-Club Berlin-Wannsee is one of the oldest and most prestigious in continental Europe.

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Ostsee-Wittenbeck (Eikhof)

6th North East Germany - Best in Area

The Eikhof course at the Ostsee Golf Resort Wittenbeck has distant sea views, a links-like styling, no trees and ample wind - but also numerous water features and extensive bunkering and mounding. It's an eclectic mixture of design elements, but it plays firm and carries strategic interest.

Winston (Open)

7th North East Germany - Best in Area

The four par threes on the Winston Open course (at 4, 7, 11 and 15) are all noteworthy holes, though the water-threatened 15th is not such a “short” hole at 235 yards from the back tees.

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Description: The four par threes on the Winston Open course (at 4, 7, 11 and 15) are all noteworthy holes, though the water-threatened 15th is not such a “short” hole at 235 yards from the back tees. Rating: 6 out of 6

Schloss Wilkendorf (Sandy Lyle)

8th North East Germany - Best in Area

The Sandy Lyle course at Schloss Wilkendorf is set in rolling secluded Brandenburg countryside to the north east of Berlin. The former Masters champion designed it with a little help from European Golf Design.

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Berliner - Motzener See

9th North East Germany - Best in Area

Berlin Golf & Country Club at Motzener See is an open parkland course which has been described as having both American and Scottish influences...

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Description: Berlin Golf & Country Club at Motzener See is an open parkland course which has been described as having both American and Scottish influences... Rating: 5 out of 6

Dresden Elbflorenz

10th North East Germany - Best in Area

Golf Club Dresden Elbflorenz provides generous undulations, which course architect Dieter Sziedat translated into a number of inspiring situations, while at the same time preserving walkability and avoiding excessive blindness.

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