German Open

In 1911, Baden-Baden golf club organized what it called the Open Championship of Germany but the German Golf Association disapproved of the event. It still went ahead and Harry Vardon proceeded to walk away with £100 of the £250 total prize pot when he posted an aggregate score of 279, nine shots clear of Sandy Herd in second place.

The following year, the club staged the contest for a second time, with prize money doubled to 10,000 marks, equivalent to £500. This time J.H. Taylor defeated Ted Ray by six strokes in a 9-hole playoff, pocketing £130 of the prize money on offer, after both men had finished the 72-hole event with scores of 279.

Fourteen years then elapsed before the first official German Open took place in 1926 and fourteen editions of this 72-hole men’s professional stroke play championship were held before the outbreak of World War II caused suspension of the tournament between 1940 and 1950.

Twelve of these early competitions were secured by just three golfers: Percy Alliss claimed the first four titles then another in 1933; Auguste Boyer was champion golfer in four of the seven years between 1930 and 1936; and Henry Cotton won the last three events before hostilities in Europe put professional golf in Germany on hold.

Percy Alliss had become the head professional at Golf-und Land-Club Berlin-Wannsee the year of the first Open, which was held at his home club, and he put local knowledge to good use by recording an 8-stroke margin of victory against his nearest rival, Aubrey Boomer, repeating the feat at the same venue in each of the following three years.

The Open was then hosted by Baden-Baden in 1930, with Frenchman Auguste Boyer winning by three stro...

German Open host courses

Bad Saarow (Faldo Berlin)

4th North East Germany - Best in Area 18th Germany Ranking

There are golf holes to spare at Golf Club Bad Saarow (formerly known as Sporting Club Berlin Scharmützelsee) – 63 in total – but the centrepiece of this golf resort, which is situated in Bad Saarow next to the beautiful Lake Scharmützel, is the Faldo Berlin course.

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Frankfurter

9th South West Germany - Best in Area 36th Germany Ranking

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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Hamburger Falkenstein

1st North West Germany - Best in Area 1st Germany Ranking 11th Continental Europe Ranking

Falkenstein is an attractive golf course, which is routed in all directions of the compass. The wooded location provides a genteel oasis to play golf, away from the hustle and bustle of Hamburg’s city centre.

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Hubbelrath (East)

2nd West Germany - Best in Area 8th Germany Ranking

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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Köln

1st West Germany - Best in Area 7th 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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Krefelder

12th West Germany - Best in Area 71st Germany Ranking

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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Stuttgarter Solitude

14th South West Germany - Best in Area 53rd Germany Ranking

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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German Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Tom Courses Played 11
2 Andreas Obrock Courses Played 10
= Dr. Michael J. Noack Courses Played 10
= Tony Walkow Courses Played 10
= BL Tracker Courses Played 10
= Sven Haferkamp Courses Played 10
= Ulrich Mayring Courses Played 10
8 Jorn Greve Courses Played 9
9 Georg Kittel Courses Played 8
10 Michael Schumacher Courses Played 7