South East Germany

We've taken the regional golf federation of Bavaria and turned it into the South East region of Germany with a total of 174 courses.

Bavaria is a huge state and yet everyone seems to only talk about the Alpine regions in the very south. But with the exception of the spectacular Rossknecht routing at Sonnenalp-Oberallgäu, there's surprisingly little mountain golf to be found. Oberstaufen (courses at Buflings and Steibis) and Oberstdorf deserve a mention, as do Garmisch-Partenkirchen (very flat, but with views) and Reit im Winkl.

Interestingly, some of the luxurious clubs that are frequented by the high-rolling Munich crowd have very modest beginnings. For example the trio of Donald Harradine courses at Beuerberg, St. Eurach and Tegernseer Bad Wiessee were built on a shoestring budget, in a time when playing golf was considered more stuffy than cool. The one truly historic club to note is Feldafing (Bernhard von Limburger), since the original course of Münchener Golf Club is lost (the current 27 holes by Perry Dye).

About two hours east of Munich you'll find Bad Griesbach, the largest golf resort in Germany with six 18-hole layouts, the best of which are probably Brunnwies and, for would-be mountaineers, Lederbach. West of Munich is Augsburg (Bernhard von Limburger/Donald Harradine), where in 1965 Bernhard Langer got his start in golf as a caddie. There's another Harradine pleaser nearby at Schloss Klingenburg and one of his wilder routings further north at Regensburg, which often contends for fastest greens in Bavaria. Further up you'll find two decent modern tracks in Habsberg (Graham Marsh) and Schwanhof (Jerry Pate/Reinhold Weishaupt). Finally, there's Bad Kissingen, the oldest course in Bavaria. The 1911 design by legendary figure Cuthbert Strachan Butchart has turned into a completely mixed bag of truly magnificent and utterly dreadful holes.

Top 100 Golf Courses - South East Germany

Sonnenalp-Oberallgäu (Oberallgäu)

1st South East Germany - Best in Area

Kurt Rossknecht's spectacular Oberallgäu mountain course at the Sonnenalp-Oberallgäu Golf Resort dates from 2004 and it’s situated on the edge of an Alpine valley, complete with 360° views and wild terrain...

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Description: Kurt Rossknecht's spectacular Oberallgäu mountain course at the Sonnenalp-Oberallgäu Golf Resort dates from 2004 and it’s situated on the edge of an Alpine valley, complete with 360° views and wild terrain... Rating: 4.5 out of 6

Schloss Klingenburg

2nd South East Germany - Best in Area

This is an excellent course that all Donald Harradine connoisseurs will truly enjoy. Terrain dictates rhythm – nowhere is this truer than at Schloss Klingenburg Golf Club...

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Description: This is an excellent course that all Donald Harradine connoisseurs will truly enjoy. Terrain dictates rhythm – nowhere is this truer than at Schloss Klingenburg Golf Club... Rating: 5 out of 6

Tegernseer Bad Wiessee

3rd South East Germany - Best in Area

While the first beginnings of Tegernseer Bad Wiessee Golf Club date back to 1958, the site is not overgrown with trees, so there are some great views, even a few of the otherwise elusive lake.

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Feldafing

4th South East Germany - Best in Area

Founded in 1926, Feldafing is one of Germany’s oldest golf clubs and it's set most spectacularly in an estate that was formerly owned by King Maximilian II of Bavaria.

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Description: Founded in 1926, Feldafing is one of Germany’s oldest golf clubs and it's set most spectacularly in an estate that was formerly owned by King Maximilian II of Bavaria. Rating: 5 out of 6

Oberstaufen-Steibis

5th South East Germany - Best in Area

The strength of the Steibis mountain course at Oberstaufen-Steibis Golf Club is that the spectacular Alpine landscape gives up just enough manageable terrain for a full 18-hole layout.

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Beuerberg

6th South East Germany - Best in Area

There is surely no lovelier view from any golf course than at Beuerberg Golf Club. The backdrop of the Bavarian Alps is nothing short of spectacular and the golf itself seems almost a secondary consideration...

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Description: There is surely no lovelier view from any golf course than at Beuerberg Golf Club. The backdrop of the Bavarian Alps is nothing short of spectacular and the golf itself seems almost a secondary consideration... Rating: 4 out of 6

St Eurach

7th South East Germany - Best in Area

Situated to the south of Munich in the shadow of the Bavarian Alps, St Eurach Golf Club was designed by the celebrated golf architect Donald Harradine and it’s routed through a heavily forested landscape…

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Description: Situated to the south of Munich in the shadow of the Bavarian Alps, St Eurach Golf Club was designed by the celebrated golf architect Donald Harradine and it’s routed through a heavily forested landscape… Rating: 4.5 out of 6

Habsberg

8th South East Germany - Best in Area

Graham Marsh, one of Australia’s most successful golfers, designed the course at Golf Club Am Habsberg and Colin Montgomerie opened the new layout with a cracking drive...

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Schwanhof

9th South East Germany - Best in Area

With impeccable course maintenance and fascinating variation from hole to hole Schwanhof is a layout that will enthrall golfers of all abilities.

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Description: With impeccable course maintenance and fascinating variation from hole to hole Schwanhof is a layout that will enthrall golfers of all abilities. Rating: 4 out of 6

Augsburg

10th South East Germany - Best in Area

The fairways at Golfclub Augsburg are routed through avenues of coniferous and deciduous trees. Formed in 1959, the club is actually two years younger than its most famous member, Bernhard Langer.

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