Basel Golf and Country Club or Golf and Country Club de Bâle to be precise may well be a member of the Swiss Golf Association but the course – known locally as Geissberg – is actually situated a few miles across the border from Basel in the French Alsace Region.
The esteemed golf architect Bernhard von Limburger designed the 6,880-yard course back in 1968 when he seamlessly integrated eighteen holes into the surrounding Alsatian countryside, creating a classic parkland layout.
Only one of the four par three holes on the scorecard is less than 180 yards in length and it just happens to be the signature hole – the 150-yard 7th is played from an elevated tee almost 100 above the level of the putting surface to a green with two bunkers in front and behind the hole.
Basel is a good golf course but reallydoes not have anything very special to offer. The course is generally in good condition but you must play it in the summer as in spring and autumn it gets very wet.
It’s an undulating parkland course with almost every fairway treelined right and left. There is an interesting very short par 3 steeply downhill so getting the right club is not so easy.
The clubhouse has recently been redone and is well equipped. They are not terribly Green Fee friendly.
David Laird 2018
Your review is a bit harsh. I think it is a wonderfully designed course with very nice green complexes. The routing is superb.
It is a beautiful course, probably in the top 3 courses of Switzerland (as it belongs to the ASG) alongside Geneva and Domaine Imperial
It definitely deserves 5 balls
I do not agree with some of the review left by David Laird on 31 May 2018. In particular, I do not agree with the statement "... is a good course but really does not have anything very special to offer" or "... not terribly Green Fee friendly".
Firstly, it is a private members club and not a public municipal course to set the context.
In my humble opinion, Basel is an excellent golf course especially when judged by the standards set by other Swiss , French and German courses within a 100 mile radius.
I have had the pleasure of playing this course once a year for the last three years and I keep returning every year for the simple reason that it is an excellent golf course, with many challenging holes and some very interesting greens that vary with double breaks and pace. This coupled with the staff and members who are more than warm and friendly.
Each time the course gives me more pleasure as I learn how to manage it better and reap the rewards of choosing the right approach to each hole.
I have only ever played off the white championship tees under tournament conditions and I can assure you that this is no average golf course .. on the contrary one that challenges even the longer hitters particularly with the out of bounds ready to catch those bold enough to try the riskier but tempting lines. Even with a long drive, you are still at a long iron to many par fours. Stray off line and the penalties are obvious with the many well positioned trees.
The club house can only be described as a pleasure. It is modern, contemporary and has all the facilities that one would expect from a top end golf course. The staff both in the club house and in the pro-shop are exemplary. I cannot imagine what was meant by "not terribly Green Fee friendly". My experience has been quite the opposite and compared with other clubs I was invited to visit in Zurich and other environs in the region, Basel Golf and Country Club sets a very high standard.
The practice facilities are well equipped and suitable for all standards.
My only regret is that I do not live close enough to play more often or even consider to be a member