South West Germany

We've grouped the regional golf federations of Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate/Saarland to create the South West area of Germany with a total of 182 courses.

This region is blessed with a number of very good courses and the 27 ferocious holes at the Wendelinus resort top the list. At least that's what the reader poll of the German magazine Golf Journal suggests – and for once it's hard to disagree with popular opinion. Then there's a cluster of three great courses around Koblenz: the Golden Age classic at Bad Ems (Hoffmann, C. Mackenzie, Fahrenholtz), inspiring Jakobsberg and laid-back Rhein-Wied, a hidden hilltop track with honesty box. Moving a bit further up the Rhine Valley, old-fashioned Bad Neuenahr is worth a game, if you can get one.

The metropolitan region of Frankfurt am Main offers a lot of golf, but little to write home about. Harry Colt's design at Frankfurter is largely former glory, so the best parkland experience these days is Hanau-Wilhelmsbad with perhaps Bad Vilbel getting a nod for its flower beds and Main-Taunus for being the final design of Bernhard von Limburger. Thrill-seekers will want to travel 45 minutes into the hills west of the city and seek out Taunus-Weilrod, a hair-raising Donald Harradine stunner.

Going south you'll happen upon prestigious St Leon-Rot with its Tour-proven championship layouts (Rot by Hannes Schreiner and St Leon by Dave Thomas) and Stuttgarter Solitude (Bernhard von Limburger, renovated by Thomas Himmel). At the very southern end of the region is Lake Constance, the largest body of water in Germany. You could do worse than to play golf here, for instance at Rod Whitman's Schloss Langenstein or at Bad Waldsee. Golf-Club Konstanz wins nearest to the lake, because the two courses at Lindau (Bad Schachen: Bernhard von Limburger/Kurt Roßknecht, Weissensberg: Robert Trent Jones I) belong to the Bavarian and Swiss golf federations, respectively.

Top 100 Golf Courses - South West Germany

Frankfurter

1st South West Germany - Best in Area

Frankfurter Golf Club was a once a regular German Open venue and this historical layout was designed by Harry Colt and John Morrison in the 1920s.

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Mittelrheinischer Bad Ems

2nd South West Germany - Best in Area

During the 1937 German Open, Henry Cotton played a round of 63 at Mittelrheinischer Golf Club in Bad Ems, the lowest score ever recorded in Germany up to that point.

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Wendelinus (A & C)

3rd South West Germany - Best in Area

Interesting sites for building golf courses are becoming increasingly rare, but at St Wendel a great opportunity presented itself when the French military left the city in 1999... welcome Wendelinus Golfpark.

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Jakobsberg

4th South West Germany - Best in Area

The history of the Jakobsberg golf course starts in 1157, when Frederick I Barbarossa founded a monastery on a plateau high above the majestic Rhine valley...

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Taunus-Weilrod

5th South West Germany - Best in Area

The course at Taunus-Weilrod Golf Club is full of exciting shots, scenic views and death-defying challenges that "could not be built today".

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Schloss Langenstein

6th South West Germany - Best in Area

You’ll find that a round on the 18-hole course at Schloss Langenstein offers as close to a quintessential British parkland golf experience as you could ever wish for.

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St Leon-Rot (Rot)

7th South West Germany - Best in Area

The Rot course at St Leon Rot Golf Club was opened in 1997 and hosted the European Tour's Deutsche Bank/SAP Open in 1999 and 2001 – Tiger Woods won on both occasions.

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St Leon-Rot (St Leon)

8th South West Germany - Best in Area

You’ll need a long and accurate game to tame the St Leon course at St Leon-Rot and you’ll also need a soft touch around these greens...

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Stuttgarter Solitude

9th South West Germany - Best in Area

Stuttgarter Golf Club Solitude was founded way back in 1927 but the prolific architect Dr Bernhard von Limburger designed the current layout in the late 1960s.

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Bad Neuenahr

10th South West Germany - Best in Area

All things considered, Bad Neuenahr is a good all-around test of golf on a beautiful site, perhaps lacking a few percent here or there to really threaten the world class, but certainly very worthwhile.

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