Germany

Germany is set deep in the heart of Europe and it has left its indelible historical mark. Synonymous with reliable cars, Weltschmerz, Black Forest gateaux, poolside beach towels and the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall. With exciting and vibrant cities such as Cologne and Munich, Germany has plenty to offer between its world-famous museums, perched up fairytale castles and mouth-watering culinary delights.

The natural scenery is pretty impressive too with expansive beaches, rugged cliffs and lovely heather in the north, the mighty Bavarian Alps in the south, the Rhine Valley, a 40-mile long Unesco World Heritage site in the west and the birthplace of free climbing, the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, in the east.

Much of the northern part of Germany has sandy soil, which is often protected from development, so only very few golf clubs have been able to build on those free draining sites. Instead, clay and trees dominate the German golf landscape and so the parkland style prevails. Towards the south the soil becomes heavier and, while the average architectural quality of the courses is comparable, the high end cannot hold a candle to the north.

According to the German Golf Federation there are now 728 golf courses in the country serving almost 640,000 affiliated golfers (2014). Golf is growing slowly in Germany, but it is still growing – although there are concerns that the traditional club membership isn't part of that growth. The majority of clubs are semi-private, so we are confident that you can get a game in most places if you call in advance.

Our rankings of the Top 50 Golf Courses of Germany were last updated in January 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Germany

Köln

11th Germany Ranking

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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Mittelrheinischer Bad Ems

12th Germany Ranking

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)

13th Germany Ranking

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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Seddiner See (Süd)

14th Germany Ranking

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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Sporting Club Berlin (Palmer)

15th Germany Ranking

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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Jakobsberg

16th Germany Ranking

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

17th Germany Ranking

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

18th Germany Ranking

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)

19th Germany Ranking

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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Berlin-Wannsee (Championship)

20th Germany Ranking

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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