At the Club zur Vahr nestles one of Germany’s best courses. Carved through a pine forest, the course is known as Garlstedt and some say it’s even better after its 2004 facelift when all greens, tees and bunkers were renovated by Christoph Staedler. Club zur Vahr has a 9-hole course in the city of Bremen, called Vahr, and a full 18-hole layout at Garlstedt, a 20-minute drive north of the city centre.
Established in 1905, the club once promoted a wide range of sports including athletics, polo, cricket and rugby. These were all suspended at the end of the war in 1945 when the club grounds were taken over by US forces, but the club was brought back under German control in 1952.
Nowadays, Club zur Vahr confines its sporting activities to hockey, tennis, skeet shooting and, of course, golf. The Bernhard von Limburger-designed Garlstedt course dates back to 1963.
According to The World Atlas of Golf, “the
course occupies 220 acres in thickly forested, undulating countryside... It is
dominated by pine trees, tall and dense, crowding in from tee to green,
controlling play on holes which bend narrowly to generally small targets. The
strategic effect of the forest was such that it was necessary to construct only
twenty-four bunkers... Since its completion, the Garlstedter course has
commanded respect from all who have played there and appreciated its
One of the best parkland courses in Germany and Europe. The course is very varied, sometimes narrow landing zones, and tight fairways. The greens are rather shallow but very nice to play. Visually, the course is outstanding and offers a real challenge in terms of strategy. For a place of this class, the club demands a very moderate green fee and also the club restaurant is highly recommended. Definitely a must play and worth the trip!