Review for Bergisch Land

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Bergisch Land disappointed me. There aren’t many golden age lay-outs in Germany, so you’d expect them to treasure such wealth.

It’s sad to see a good layout go to waste due to improper tree management (or maintenance in general). I don’t think a single tree has been cleared since Morrisons two visits to this site. Many a good hole’s strategy is currently disabled and visually, the trees are also a pain. The fairways had more daisies than grass and greens and surrounds were so soft that the contours of the green complexes were made completely irrelevant. The lay out itself is rather exciting, there is plenty to remark and plenty of (hidden) variety in the routing, which consists of 5 par 3s, 5 par 5s and 8 par 4s. The stretch 6-8 is very beautiful, could be 10x more stunning with a lot of trees removed and could be technically excellent (which it undoubtedly has been long ago). This stretch is routed through a spectacular but difficult part of the property, and Morrison has done this masterfully by going sideways negotiating the largest elevation changes. It seems that the routing was later spoilt in some places with added length, weakening the quality of the hole, with tiresome and illogical green to tee walks with the location messing up the visuals and demanded shot values of the teeshot (most apparent at hole 10). The course is a very challenging walk, emphasized by the soft conditions and heavy grass even on the fairways. This in combination with the property which is far from perfect for golf - I wouldn’t want to play my weekly rounds at such an exhausting golf course.

The 13th is a miles down hill par 5 and is very well bunkered and even has width and strategic options. What a welcome surprise.

The later added 5 finishing holes are not entirely up to the standard set by the first 13 holes, but this is mainly due to the uninspiring 14th, 15th and the teeshot on the 16th where you must walk back 100 meters for the worst looking teeshot on the course, obstructed by cell towers and their cables. This could have been a fine par 4 with an attractive teeshot instead.

The finish with the lovely par 3 17th is, although again you need to climb a steep hill and back again to play the teeball. The vista kind of justifies it, but by this time you just want to get over with it already. The 18th ends in fitting fashion, an attractive par 5 with an interesting to an undulated fairway and a hazard down the left side, approaching to a raised green just around a corner. You see nothing but trees on the left and the right half of the green is blocked by a giant tree. What a joke. All in all, just too many flagrant, blasphemous negatives and the exhausting walk just made it difficult to enjoy this round.

To end on a positive note – Bergisch Land could be improved significantly and be made much more enjoyable with each tree removed. I also liked the bunker styling which also appeared pretty recent and modern, but fitting for a classic golf course.

MO

Date: June 16, 2022


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