North West Germany

We've grouped the regional golf federations of Hamburg, Lower Saxony/Bremen and Schleswig-Holstein to create the North West area of Germany with a total of 153 courses.

Of the five German courses that currently make it into our European Top 100 ranking, three are located in the North West: Hamburger Falkenstein, the century-old handiwork of Colt, Morrison and Alison, rides high in the European chart, as does a surprising newcomer in the shape of the links course at Budersand Sylt, which Rolf-Stephan Hansen unveiled to the public in 2009. Completing this triumvirate is St Dionys, which, despite replacing most of its front nine holes in 2012, has managed to retain its place amongst the continent’s most elite golfing layouts.

Hamburg certainly is a hotbed of golf in Germany; there are a number of good courses spread around the city with John Morrison's Hittfeld being perhaps the nearest challenger of Falkenstein. At Bremen is the Club zur Vahr with its Garlstedter Heide course, a Bernhard von Limburger classic that used to vie for the German top spot as well. More old-style golf awaits at ancient Kitzeberg near Kiel and at quirky Altenhof, routed around a grand manor in the best English parkland tradition.

Amongst the modern venues David Krause's Niedersachsen layout at the Hardenberg Golf Resort never fails to entertain. Promising links style developments are underway on the island of Föhr, which is just a couple of nautical miles across from Budersand – only that there's no ferry! Finally, if you're looking for a tried and tested Tour venue, there's always Gut Kaden north of Hamburg.

Top 100 Golf Courses - North West Germany

Hamburger Falkenstein

1st North West Germany - Best in Area

Falkenstein is an attractive golf course, which is routed in all directions of the compass. The wooded location provides a genteel oasis to play golf, away from the hustle and bustle of Hamburg’s city centre.

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Budersand Sylt

2nd North West Germany - Best in Area

The scale of the challenge at Budersand Sylt is set out at the very first hole on the fringe of the property, played downhill to a fairway that then veers left and up to a green with a sand hill to the right for protection...

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St Dionys

3rd North West Germany - Best in Area

St Dionys Golf Club is a course for the ball-striker and this undulating moorland layout is set on the edge of the glorious Lüneburg Heath.

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Hardenberg (Niedersachsen)

4th North West Germany - Best in Area

The signature hole on the Niedersachsen course is the par three 11th and its island green complex is shaped like a boar’s head, exactly as depicted on the Hardenberg family crest.

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zur Vahr Bremen (Garlstedt)

5th North West Germany - Best in Area

At the Club zur Vahr nestles one of Germany’s best courses. Carved through a pine forest the layout is now called Garlstedt and it’s even better after its 2004 Christoph Staedler facelift.

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Altenhof

6th North West Germany - Best in Area

There is something to discover on almost every hole at Altenhof Golf Club and the player is sure to experience a number of bizarre moments due to unusual angles and shot values.

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Hamburger Hittfeld

7th North West Germany - Best in Area

Hamburger Hittfeld celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007 and the John Morrison designed layout is still as enthralling today as it was half a century ago.

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Föhr (Blau/Rot)

8th North West Germany - Best in Area

While only the newer 9 of the 27 holes on the island of Föhr are linksy, the entire course at Föhr Golf Club is on sandy soil and close to the sea.

GreenEagle (North)

10th North West Germany - Best in Area

At 7,845 yards, the North course at GreenEagle is one of the longest courses anywhere, built to host professional tournaments and even the Ryder Cup. Besides the usual Tour styling, its defining element is the extremely undulated greens.