At Golfclub International Soufflenheim Baden-Baden are the courses that Bernhard Langer created in the heart of Alsace and, rather like its Alsation viniculture, Soufflenheim is unique with 33 holes spread across three courses.
Langer designed all three layouts at the 140-hectare Soufflenheim complex and the main 18-hole championship standard course is technically challenging with numerous strategically placed bunkers and plenty of water, which comes into play on no fewer than fourteen holes.
A very demanding track from the back tees, the course concludes with a couple of really testing par fours, each of which measures over 425 yards.
Hole 17 doglegs to the right and lakes have to be avoided on either side of the fairway between tee and green. Then at the last, where tee shots require a 140-yard forced carry across water, the fairway doglegs left to a green guarded by water to the front right hand side of the putting surface – little wonder these closing holes are rated stroke index 4 and 2.
We played Soufflenheim after some rainy days, so the course played pretty long: non-prevailing wind & no roll on the fairways & greens. This might have affected my appreciation for this track.
Mr. Langer knows how to lure you in taking on to much risks, so be aware.
Greens are well protected either by hazards, trees or just pure length, but the whole course feels more like robust golf design than golf aesthetics to me. Maybe accentuated by the other two tracks we played (Golf de Bitche and Kempferhof), that offer aesthetics in abundance?
I missed the whow-factor, but was thoroughly tested in the golf department.
I'm sure the course is more enjoyable in dryer conditions.
When planning a golf trip to the Elsace, you could definitely give it a try.