Bernhard von Limburger

Full Name
Bernhard von Limburger
Year of Birth
1901
Year of Death
1981 (aged 80)
Place Born
Leipzig, Germany
Place Died
Stuttgart, Germany

"A strong advocate of strategic design and a strong opponent of water hazards and overbunkering, Limburger developed a distinctly European style of golf architecture. All German Open tournaments after WWII through 1978 were played on courses he had designed or revised." The Architects of Golf by Geoff Cornish and Ron Whitten

Bernhard von Limburger learned the game of golf in Scotland as a young boy and joined the local Gaschwitz Golf Club near his hometown of Leipzig. ‘Limmy’, as he was nicknamed, soon became an excellent amateur golfer, winning the German Amateur Closed Championship three times between 1921 and 1925, and he went on to represent Germany thirty-five times in international golf competition.

“He earned a degree in law but never practiced,” wrote Geoff Cornish and Ron Whitten in The Architects of Golf, “choosing instead to publish a German golf magazine that he edited until the mid-1930s. During this period, he laid out a few courses that were, by his own admission, terrible designs.

In the late 1930s Limburger formed a partnership with Berlin golf professional Karl Hoffman, already an accomplished designer. Hoffman and Limburger created several top courses in Germany before World War II and also operated a number of them. But their business was terminated by the war, and Limburger returned to his native Leipzig, which became part of the Communist zone after the war.”

“His magazine Golf was the official voice of the German Golf Association until 1943,” said golf historian, Christoph Meister, “when the journal was discontinued due to war-related printing paper shortages. After the war Limmy felt it did not make sense to continue to publish a golf journal, as most people in Germany had other worries.”

“After 1945,” continues Meister, “von Limburger lost most of his property in Leipzig, then part of the Soviet zone. He had to start all over again… By this time Bernhard had already found his true vocation: golf course architecture… Many years later Limmy exp...

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Hamburg-Ahrensburg

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Hamburg-Walddörfer

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