Wittelsbacher Golfclub occupies a 167-acre property on which the horses of the Bavarian royalty were once bred. J. F. Dudok van Heel set out the course in 1988 and a round here starts and ends with a par five.
First, I want to say that I am a member of this club for more than 30 years. I did my best to be as unbiased as possible, but you may still take this in consideration when you read my review.
The Wittelsbacher GC Neuburg Rohrenfeld, which is its full name, was founded in 1988 on land of the Wittelsbacher Ausgleichsfond, which is the foundation that manages the assets of the House of Wittelsbach, Bavaria’s former royal family. The president of the club is His Royal Highness Duke Max in Bavaria, who is member of well-known clubs like St. Andrews, Royal St. George and Pine Valley.
The land is beautifully undulated and full of more than 200-years-old oak- and linden trees and lilac hedges. The ground is firm and dries up quickly. The course condition normally is very good, the distances from green to tee are minimal and the clubhouse is beautiful. Both loops start and end right next to it.
The club was chosen for numerous national and international championships, most recently the German challenge tour event from 2021 to 2023.
The layout features a good mixture of strategic and penal holes with varied and well-guarded greens but the main defence of the course are the huge trees. There is a big difference between the regular tees and the championship tees (6284m, par 73 vs 6816m par 72). From the back tees it is one of the toughest courses in Germany so choose wisely!
The first hole, and my personal favourite, is a par 5 dogleg right with a nicely undulated fairway to a green guarded by a bunker to the right and a puttable collection area to the left. If you are long enough you can cut the corner with your tee shot over two bunkers and then attack the green with your second shot.
The second hole is a straight par 4 over a ridge and a ditch. The longer you hit your tee shot the narrower the fairway will be due to two bunkers left and a group of trees right. Don`t miss the green right as your ball might kick into a pond.
The third is a shorter par 4 dogleg left. You will have to hit it on the right side of the fairway to get a clear line to the green because of trees left. The green is guarded by bunkers left and right. I love the pin position back right behind the bunker!
The fourth hole is the signature hole of the course. No bunker but a diagonal rise you must cross and a narrow passage through two groups of big trees for the approach shot. The green is not guarded heavily but it has got three levels and can be tough to putt if you hit the wrong one.
Hole 5 is straight with two bunkers to he left and one to the right. Behind the bunkers on both sides lurk thick bushes so keep it straight. The green is slightly raised and falls off to the left and right from where you may find a bunker or even lateral hazard.
The sixth is a beautiful long par 3 with a bunker in front and on the right side of the green. To the left is a hollow and because the green tilts to the right you should absolutely avoid it.
The seventh hole is a dogleg left with bunkers left and right. You can hit it over the left one quite easily but may be blocked by a tree if you hit it long, so the best way is to aim to the right side of the fairway. The green is guarded by a bunker and water to the left and another hollow to the right. Best miss will be short.
The eighth hole is straight but two bunkers feed into the fairway from the left. If you’re long you might carry them. The green has got three levels and you might get a tricky putt.
The nine is short and a strong dogleg to the right. You can cut the corner over big oak trees if you are long enough, but the carry gets longer the more you cut it. And you might not want to get too close to the green if the pin is in the front because of a deep bunker right in front of it.
The tenth is a very narrow and straight hole without bunkers but trees on both sides. The green is raised with a false front and falls off to each side.
Hole number eleven is a nice par 3 with a beautiful old linden tree to left. The green is tiny with a deep bunker to the right and a puttable collection area to the left. Don’t miss it to the right!
The twelve is a dogleg to the left with a bunker in the corner. You might be able to cut it and get a pitch to the green or you lay up in front of it. Two deep bunkers guard the green.
The thirteen is a tough hole – trees left, out of bounds right, a creek right in front of the green and wind in your face most of the time. The green is the biggest of the course by far and surrounded by some mounds and depressions.
The fourteenth is a long par 4 that bends to the right. There is a tall tree in front of the green that is hard to clear. You can play around it on both sides if you are able to shape the ball. But do not relax too early, there is a big bunker left and water right of the green.
The fifteenth is only the second par 5 so far. It is almost straight with trees to the right and OB to the left. To get a chance to hit the green in two you have to hit it to the left side of the fairway or use a small alley through the trees. A big green with two bunkers and a great pin position back left waits for you!
The sixteen is the shortest par 3 and surrounded by four bunkers. The green features two levels and a birdie is not as easy as it might appear.
The seventeenth is a short par 5 from the regular tees and a long par 4 from the championship tees. The hole meanders through several big trees and finishes with a narrow green with OB close to the left of it and a hollow to the right.
The last hole is another par 5 and a monster with 573m from the back tees. From the normal tees you will have to get the ball to the right side of the fairway either by hitting it over a group of big trees or by fading it around them. If you end left another tree will block a long second shot that must be placed on the right side again because of another group of trees in the dogleg corner left. The green is narrow with three levels and bunkers left and right.
I honestly think there is not a bad hole on the course. I would like to see the fourteenth to be shorter as it used to be because most golfers won’t be able to hit it far enough. Also, one could say that there is little difference in length from the shortest to the longest Par 4 playing of the regular tees (304 vs. 389m) but you won’t realize that during play. Besides that, there is not a lot to complain about. The layout with only three par 3s and three of the four par 5s in the last four holes is unusual but I like unusual.
The rating guide says five stars means best in the region and I think that is true for the Wittelsbacher. I would rank it higher than highly praised courses in Bavaria like Klingenburg and Regensburg and it is better than all courses around it for sure.