West Germany

We've taken the regional golf federation of North Rhine-Westfalia and turned it into the West area of Germany with a total of 158 courses.

As far as its classic courses go, the West is definitely "Limmy country", as you'll find many of Bernhard von Limburger's best efforts here. Arguably his masterpiece and knocking on the door of the European Top 100 is Hubbelrath East in Düsseldorf. Bunched up behind this behemoth are the likes of Köln, Krefelder, Westfälischer Gütersloh, Bad Salzuflen and Dortmunder to name just a few. A special case is Bergisch Land, where John Morrison got the best property and Limmy had to build the last five holes as an afterthought. The other mostly intact Morrison layout is Aachen.

Limmy's main competitor in Germany was Donald Harradine, who got a few nods in the West as well, e.g. Essen-Heidhausen, Wasserburg Anholt and easy-going Burg Zievel with its medieval castle. Just a joust away is Bad Münstereifel, whose claim to fame is a historic radio telescope and a very peculiar course, which you'll adore if you grok acrobatic John Cleese in the Ministry of Silly Walks. If you're more into Titanic or Top Gun, then why not pay a visit to Jack's Gut Lärchenhof? And finally, if you're so inclined, you can also bag the home course of former World #1 and two-time Major champion Martin Kaymer at Golf Club Mettmann.

Generally speaking you will find hilly country south of Aachen and east of Cologne, while anything west of Düsseldorf will be largely flat with a high water table. There is some sandy soil and quite a bit of heathland in the northern parts of the region.

Top 100 Golf Courses - West Germany

Hubbelrath (East)

1st West Germany - Best in Area

Hubbelrath Golf Club was founded in 1961 and it’s located a mere 10kms east of Düsseldorf City Centre on 90 hectares of heavily forested and rather hilly land.

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Gut Lärchenhof

2nd West Germany - Best in Area

Gut Lärchenhof Golf Club returned to the professional circuit by staging the BMW International Open in 2012 and 2014, thus continuing a proud tradition that began by hosting the German Masters and the Mercedes-Benz Championship.

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Köln

3rd West Germany - Best in Area

Founded in 1906, Golf- und Land-Club Köln is one of Germany’s oldest golf clubs and the course in play today, which dates back to 1952, is routed through the dense forest at Refrath.

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Bad Munstereifel

4th West Germany - Best in Area

Bad Münstereifel is the archetypical hidden gem… no one in particular designed it, it lies in the middle of nowhere, there is hardly any traffic on the golf course...

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Krefelder

5th West Germany - Best in Area

With its tree-lined fairways and relatively modest 6,082-metre length, Krefelder requires accuracy rather than length from the tee...

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Bergisch Land

6th West Germany - Best in Area

Bergisch Land means "mountainous country" and that may be a slight exaggeration, but "hilly" certainly fits the bill.

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Westfalischer Gutersloh

Gem Germany - Best in Area

Westfälischer Golf Club is located about five kilometres to the south of the town of Gütersloh and they commissioned the renowned architect Dr. Bernhard von Limburger to design the course...

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