South East Germany

We've taken the regional golf federation of Bavaria and turned it into the South East region of Germany with a total of 174 courses.

Bavaria is a huge state and yet everyone seems to only talk about the Alpine regions in the very south. But with the exception of the spectacular Rossknecht routing at Sonnenalp-Oberallgäu, there's surprisingly little mountain golf to be found. Oberstaufen (courses at Buflings and Steibis) and Oberstdorf deserve a mention, as do Garmisch-Partenkirchen (very flat, but with views) and Reit im Winkl.

Interestingly, some of the luxurious clubs that are frequented by the high-rolling Munich crowd have very modest beginnings. For example the trio of Donald Harradine courses at Beuerberg, St. Eurach and Tegernseer Bad Wiessee were built on a shoestring budget, in a time when playing golf was considered more stuffy than cool. The one truly historic club to note is Feldafing (Bernhard von Limburger), since the original course of Münchener Golf Club is lost (the current 27 holes by Perry Dye).

About two hours east of Munich you'll find Bad Griesbach, the largest golf resort in Germany with six 18-hole layouts, the best of which are probably Brunnwies and, for would-be mountaineers, Lederbach. West of Munich is Augsburg (Bernhard von Limburger/Donald Harradine), where in 1965 Bernhard Langer got his start in golf as a caddie. There's another Harradine pleaser nearby at Schloss Klingenburg and one of his wilder routings further north at Regensburg, which often contends for fastest greens in Bavaria. Further up you'll find two decent modern tracks in Habsberg (Graham Marsh) and Schwanhof (Jerry Pate/Reinhold Weishaupt). Finally, there's Bad Kissingen, the oldest course in Bavaria. The 1911 design by legendary figure Cuthbert Strachan Butchart has turned into a completely mixed bag of truly magnificent and utterly dreadful holes.

Top 100 Golf Courses - South East Germany

Sonnenalp-Oberallgäu (Oberallgäu)

1st South East Germany - Best in Area

Kurt Rossknecht's spectacular Oberallgäu mountain course at the Sonnenalp-Oberallgäu Golf Resort dates from 2004 and it’s situated on the edge of an Alpine valley, complete with 360° views and wild terrain...

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Beuerberg

2nd South East Germany - Best in Area

There is surely no lovelier view from any golf course than at Beuerberg Golf Club. The backdrop of the Bavarian Alps is nothing short of spectacular and the golf itself seems almost a secondary consideration...

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Feldafing

3rd South East Germany - Best in Area

Founded in 1926, Feldafing is one of Germany’s oldest golf clubs and it's set most spectacularly in an estate that was formerly owned by King Maximilian II of Bavaria.

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St Eurach

4th South East Germany - Best in Area

Situated to the south of Munich in the shadow of the Bavarian Alps, St Eurach Golf Club was designed by the celebrated golf architect Donald Harradine and it’s routed through a heavily forested landscape…

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Schwanhof

5th South East Germany - Best in Area

With impeccable course maintenance and fascinating variation from hole to hole Schwanhof is a layout that will enthrall golfers of all abilities.

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Habsberg

6th South East Germany - Best in Area

Graham Marsh, one of Australia’s most successful golfers, designed the course at Golf Club Am Habsberg and Colin Montgomerie opened the new layout with a cracking drive...

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Schloss Klingenburg

7th South East Germany - Best in Area

This is an excellent course that all Donald Harradine connoisseurs will truly enjoy. Terrain dictates rhythm – nowhere is this truer than at Schloss Klingenburg Golf Club...

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Lindau

8th South East Germany - Best in Area

Despite the practical deficiencies, the course at Lindau Bad Schachen Golf Club manages to be more than the sum of its parts.

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Regensburg

9th South East Germany - Best in Area

The course at Golf- und Land-Club Regensburg is an exemplary Donald Harradine design on a pretty severe site. It certainly exudes plenty of blue-blooded elegance, but also an element of blue-collar raucousness…

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Bodensee Weissensberg

10th South East Germany - Best in Area

Designed by Robert Trent Jones Snr and unveiled in 1987, the woodland course at Golfclub Bodensee Weissensberg lies close to Lake Constance, in southern Germany. With more than a hundred bunkers in play, it’s renowned as a tough track.