Budersand Sylt - North West Germany - Germany

Golfklubb Budersand Sylt,
Pidder Lung GmbH,
Fernsicht 1,
25997 Hörnum,
Germany


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  • Rolf-Stephan Hansen

  • Sascha Georgi

The Frisian Islands that lie off the west coast of Jutland between Denmark and Germany are very popular with the type of tourist who wants to “get back to nature” and Sylt is one of the main islands in this archipelago.

Connected to the German mainland by the Hindenburgdamm causeway, Sylt’s popular resorts of Westerland and Kampen may soon be overtaken in the visitor stakes by an influx of golfers arriving to sample some serious links action at the new Budersand Sylt course on the southern tip of the island.

Local architect Rolf-Stephan Hansen has transformed a former military base – Sylt was the first part of Germany to have bombs dropped on it during World War II – into a stunning new 18-hole golf course that some seasoned observers consider to be the equal of any of the top links courses that run down the west coast of Europe between Denmark and France.

On a site surrounded by natural dunes, the eighteen holes here have been so well laid out to blend in with their surroundings that it is difficult not to think they were fashioned at the hands of an experienced master designer, never mind a German rookie on his first project!

The scale of the challenge at Budersand Sylt is set out at the very first hole on the fringe of the property, played downhill to a fairway that then veers left and up to a green with a sand hill to the right for protection – as tough an opening hole as you could care to imagine.

The back nine holes are, if anything, a cut above a very good front nine, with two brilliant par three holes carved into the dunes at holes 13 and 15 and a stream that veers across the closing three holes, creating a Carnoustie-like final flourish to the round.

It’s easy to see why Budersand Sylt was voted the best new German course in 2009 as it’s already being spoken of in some quarters as one of the best in continental Europe.

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Description: The scale of the challenge at Budersand Sylt is set out at the very first hole on the fringe of the property, played downhill to a fairway that then veers left and up to a green with a sand hill to the right for protection... Rating: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 3

The course was in good condition when I played it in 2012 for the last time, so the fairways and greens where hard and fast. But to be honest: Only in comparison to the other courses on Sylt Budersand is exceptional. It is a nice try of building a links course on German soil, and there are a few holes you will remember after your round. The short Par 3 15th is really beautiful with the view over the Wattenmeer and I liked the tricky opening hole, which looks quite narrow from the tee box. The course is definitely worth playing when you are on Sylt and worth the journey.

4 / 6
Budersand Sylt
September 16, 2015


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I largely agree with the previous comment even if this course has a risk-reward profile under windy and dry conditions: like on any links, the ball can easily role a bit further than anticipated and bump into an unexpected direction if you didn't carefully choose your direction and landing area... This is one of the top links courses I ever played (including Royal St George's). The back nine's architecture is simply superb. One point of criticism: greens not really fast when we played even if they are in a immaculate condition. Fantastic & very friendly staff. If you want to play, be sure to book in advance during the high season. A limited number of tee-offs (" to avoid stress and waiting" they told us).
6 / 6
Budersand Sylt
June 11, 2014


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I played the course last weekend and we had a great time. The location is stunning, set amongst the dunes at the Southern tip of Sylt with views over the North Sea and over to Amrum and Föhr, the two neighbouring islands. Course condition was excellent when we played. Course was pretty empty which was also a plus. Furthermore super friendly staff in the pro shop, good locker rooms and showers and excellent food and friendly service in the restaurant which offers beautiful views over the course and the sea. Unfortunately there was not enough room to build a driving range so you've got to warm up by hitting balls into a net. The only mild criticism is that the course layout is not top notch in my view: tons of bunkers but to my mind not always in the right places and given the bunkering and the course routing, there are very few if any risk reward situations on the whole course, so little need for you to think about strategy and tactics, you just have to go for your shots. Overall a very good course which also benefits from the fact that there is a great 5 star hotel on site and you are only 20 minutes away from all the attractions offered by Westerland and its surroundings.
5 / 6
Budersand Sylt
October 24, 2011


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