Germany

Germany is set deep in the heart of Europe and it has left its indelible historical mark. Synonymous with reliable cars, Weltschmerz, Black Forest gateaux, poolside beach towels and the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall. With exciting and vibrant cities such as Cologne and Munich, Germany has plenty to offer between its world-famous museums, perched up fairytale castles and mouth-watering culinary delights.

The natural scenery is pretty impressive too with expansive beaches, rugged cliffs and lovely heather in the north, the mighty Bavarian Alps in the south, the Rhine Valley, a 40-mile long Unesco World Heritage site in the west and the birthplace of free climbing, the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, in the east.

Much of the northern part of Germany has sandy soil, which is often protected from development, so only very few golf clubs have been able to build on those free draining sites. Instead, clay and trees dominate the German golf landscape and so the parkland style prevails. Towards the south the soil becomes heavier and, while the average architectural quality of the courses is comparable, the high end cannot hold a candle to the north.

According to the German Golf Federation there are now 732 golf courses in the country serving more than 640,000 affiliated golfers (2016). Golf is growing slowly in Germany, but it is still growing – although there are concerns that the traditional club membership isn't part of that growth. The majority of clubs are semi-private, so we are confident that you can get a game in most places if you call in advance.

Our rankings of the Top 100 Golf Courses of Germany were last updated in January 2018. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Germany

Hamburger Falkenstein

1st Germany Ranking

Falkenstein is an attractive golf course, which is routed in all directions of the compass. The wooded location provides a genteel oasis to play golf, away from the hustle and bustle of Hamburg’s city centre.

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Description: Falkenstein is an attractive golf course, which is routed in all directions of the compass. The wooded location provides a genteel oasis to play golf, away from the hustle and bustle of Hamburg’s city centre. Rating: 5.5714285714286 out of 6

Budersand Sylt

2nd Germany Ranking

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...

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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

Hubbelrath (East)

3rd Germany Ranking

Hubbelrath Golf Club was founded in 1961 and it’s located a mere 10kms east of Düsseldorf City Centre on 90 hectares of heavily forested and rather hilly land.

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Description: Hubbelrath Golf Club was founded in 1961 and it’s located a mere 10kms east of Düsseldorf City Centre on 90 hectares of heavily forested and rather hilly land. Rating: 6 out of 6

Winston (Links)

4th Germany Ranking

The Canadian architect David Krause certainly moved the earth to create the Winston Links course, which is set in a sandy landscape, and is described as an inland links.

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Description: The Canadian architect David Krause certainly moved the earth to create the Winston Links course, which is set in a sandy landscape, and is described as an inland links. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Föhr (Rot & Gelb)

5th Germany Ranking

Surprisingly, for 27 holes on a site with little room to spare, the routing at Föhr Golf Club is not only perfectly walkable, but also quite interesting.

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Hardenberg (Niedersachsen)

6th Germany Ranking

The signature hole on the Niedersachsen course is the par three 11th and its island green complex is shaped like a boar’s head, exactly as depicted on the Hardenberg family crest.

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Description: The signature hole on the Niedersachsen course is the par three 11th and its island green complex is shaped like a boar’s head, exactly as depicted on the Hardenberg family crest. Rating: 5 out of 6

Wendelinus (A & C)

7th Germany Ranking

Interesting sites for building golf courses are becoming increasingly rare, but at St Wendel a great opportunity presented itself when the French military left the city in 1999... welcome Wendelinus Golfpark.

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Description: Interesting sites for building golf courses are becoming increasingly rare, but at St Wendel a great opportunity presented itself when the French military left the city in 1999... welcome Wendelinus Golfpark. Rating: 5 out of 6

Jakobsberg

8th Germany Ranking

The history of the Jakobsberg golf course starts in 1157, when Frederick I Barbarossa founded a monastery on a plateau high above the majestic Rhine valley...

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Description: The history of the Jakobsberg golf course starts in 1157, when Frederick I Barbarossa founded a monastery on a plateau high above the majestic Rhine valley... Rating: 5 out of 6

Taunus-Weilrod

9th Germany Ranking

The course at Taunus-Weilrod Golf Club is full of exciting shots, scenic views and death-defying challenges that "could not be built today".

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Description: The course at Taunus-Weilrod Golf Club is full of exciting shots, scenic views and death-defying challenges that "could not be built today". Rating: 5 out of 6

Köln

10th Germany Ranking

Founded in 1906, Golf- und Land-Club Köln is one of Germany’s oldest golf clubs and the course in play today, which dates back to 1952, is routed through the dense forest at Refrath.

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Description: Founded in 1906, Golf- und Land-Club Köln is one of Germany’s oldest golf clubs and the course in play today, which dates back to 1952, is routed through the dense forest at Refrath. Rating: 4 out of 6