At 7,845 yards, the North course at Green Eagle is one of the longest courses anywhere, built to host professional tournaments and even the Ryder Cup. Besides the usual Tour styling, its defining element is the extremely undulated greens.
Green Eagle North is pretty much a standout project in Germany. It was built to host large professionell tournaments and was able to do so in recent years by hosting the European Tour. You can easily tell by the large natural stands on 14, 17 or 18.
Overall the course design was made to challenge the long hitters such as pro´s. There is water basically on every hole. Yet there are also significant landing areas and most greens are rather large, but have many different plateaus. For German standards the greens play extremely firm. Green Eagle is one of the longest courses in the world, but regular amateurs and most club members play from a much shorter tee that range at about 5900m/6400y. A characteristic for Green Eagle are some large waste areas covered with pebble. That results from a gas pipeline that runs below the course. It´s very weird ending up in those waste areas though.
The course design is challenging but still playable for mid handicapers with the excpetion of #10 which requires a second shot of +200y carry to reach the green making it almost impossible for some golfers to ever par it. Holes are varying but it is still very close to American resort golf. It´s a pretty much wide open space. I like it but it´s the opposite from what you get playing nearby St. Dionys, Hittfeld or Falkenstein. However I think that the back nine are clearly the strong stretch. In my opinion the first few holes start very slow. Especially #1 and #2 are weak holes, which I´m not a big fan of. However #3, #4#, #5 are all very unique. Especially the green complex of #4 is likely one of the quirkiest you will ever play.
A few years ago they redesigned #14 which used to be a very long par 3 at around 260-270y maximum. Long par 3´s are problaby the dullest course designs out there which they figured out themselves at the end obvisously. Totally redesigned it which in my eyes became the most eye appealing hole. This is where the greatest stretch of the course starts nowadays. #15, #16, #17 and #18 are just really cool to play.
Overall the maintenance is crazy good and unmatched in Germany. The course design is unique for Germany while I say it would be a a typical TPC course in the USA. If you hit it far and usually only hit wedges on par 4´s and long irons into Par 5´s.... play this course. It´s a different challenge.
However I don´t think it´s the most appealing course when it comes to looks and nature. There are electricity pylons that run throughout the course which just look ugly. Amazon has a huge ware house which you can also see very much on #7 and #8. On top the nearby highway is also very much audible and you have the waste areas I have previously talked about which just look a little off. It´s just a very artificial golf course to me. The South Course plays much nicer in this regards.
All in all just a straight out great golf course that presents really cool and interesting challenges. Just the maintenance is a reason to play this course. However it will never be a course I fall in love with because visually it has it´s flaws.
First of all, a big shout out to the friendly and quick responding staff when changing reservations due to COVID. Always helpful.
If you ever wanted to test your driving skills and fairway woods, this is your change. What a tremendously long course. Fair to say, that they did warn about this prior to starting with real warning signs. I did not (and still don't) have the skills playing the back tee - few people does I guess.
Playing in the late (and wet) fall, I expected greens to be welcoming my pitch shots. Nope, hard well rolling greens chewed by ball and gladly spit it out again on the back of those greens if I just gave it the chance. Greens were in perfect conditions, especially considering the time of year. I would be afraid of them during the summer time!
Be sure to have a good look at the course map, because those fairway "bunkers" are longer than you would think. It is more or less a full beach for swans or its like to enjoy nature. I personally enjoyed this feature, but at some point it had me wonder whether I could drop out of the lake because that same lake/water was in my "bunker"!
Hole 16 is just crazy long, 17 is a wonderful par 3 and 18 is iconic with the round bunkers in the back. Either you come home smiling after playing those 3 holes or you do like me, trying to remember why I love this game!
I understand why the PROs come here. there is a challenge for everyone.
Played it two weeks ago. No doubt this is a tournament course. Wouldn't surprise me if the Ryder Cup lands here one day. Don't think you'll find purer greens elsewhere on this lattitude in October.
Played this monster from the tips, it's a long course, but the real reason the course is THAT long, is because of the overly long par 5s. From the backtee there's not a single corner to be be cut on this course. It's a lot of straight teeshots to wide fairways with plenty water in play. The teeshots become a little too trivial for my tasting. Come for the long tidy tournament course, stay for the short par 3s 14 and 17.
Fairway bunkers are flat and 'waste area ish', meaning drives tend to roll up against the lip.
It's a very good course. Probably worth a better score, but it lacks course management variety and is a bit too much of a struggle to my liking.
If you like to make a bunch of birdies, this isn't the course. At least not from the back.