​Top 100 Golf Courses of Germany 2020

21 January 2020 Respond to this article

Top 100 Golf Courses of Germany 2020

Our second instalment since doubling up to 100 courses sees quite an influx of new layouts, as we keep discovering unheralded gems that have flown under the radar for various reasons. In contrast, movement at the top is limited: Golf Club Föhr breaks into the Top 3 and Winston Open continues its upward trend (#6, up 7). Agronomic issues have befallen Hubbelrath East (#8, down 5), whereas Köln’s bunker renovation has been favourably received by the vast majority of pundits (#7, up 3).

Golf Club Föhr

Golf Club Föhr

A bit of a surprise package was Berlin Wannsee (#11, up 15), which had been in our rankings forever and perhaps taken for granted. Also, most high profile new builds seem to favour the rugged/linksy style, so a venerable parkland track is easily undersold these days. Another course in that category is storied Bad Ems (#14, down 3), whose future is uncertain, as a change in ownership and marketing strategy is about to spawn a significant redesign.

Berlin Wannsee Golf Club

Berlin Wannsee Golf Club

Our highest new entrant is Gut Düneburg (#19), an exciting David Krause layout of the heathland/moorland type that is well off the beaten track. Then Wiesbaden’s Rhein-Main (#22) presents itself as an old US military design in the best sense of the word, whereas Elmpter Wald (#24) was built by the British Royal Air Force – perhaps a bit simplistic, but on glorious heathland. At #31 enters Reit im Winkl, a controversial and spectacular mountain course that plays through two countries (Germany and Austria).

Gut Düneburg

Gut Düneburg

Golfclub München-Riedhof near Munich used to market primarily its exclusivity and membership perks, but they actually have a fun-filled Heinz Fehring layout to go with it and after a recent renovation Riedhof rises to #28 (up 49). Haxterhöhe Links is the polar opposite – an ultra-inclusive and down to earth club with proper fescue greens, sleepered bunkers and ground game options (#38, up 51).

Haxterpark - Haxterhöhe Links

Haxterpark - Haxterhöhe Links

The remaining newcomers are thoughtfully designed Ebersberg (#47), Holger Rengstorf’s extravaganza at Gut Wissmanshof (#55), then Bella Vista, a rare municipal course with fescue greens (#59), the high end project at Wörthsee (#67) and finally Düsseldorfer (#68), on very similar land as neighboring Hubbelrath and, if you will, Fred W. Hawtree’s answer to Bernhard von Limburger.

Düsseldorfer Golf Club

Düsseldorfer Golf Club

Of the courses that appear for the first time in our table only Gut Wissmanshof is actually a new build. The others are all older venues that have not been ranked previously due to lack of data. In that vein, if you have played a good number of German courses and are interested in becoming part of our rankings process, please write to us and tell us a little bit about yourself.

Gut Wissmanshof

Gut Wissmanshof

And even if your exposure to golf in Germany is limited, you are more than welcome to contribute a review for those courses you have played. There are several sides to every story, but in terms of rankings, we often only look at how a course changes and expect it to move up and down the table accordingly. But golfers change as well, sometimes their preferences for certain types of courses or playing conditions alter over time. So it should come as no surprise that rankings are never actually “done” and every new generation of golfer helps to shape – and occasionally even upset – them.


Rank/ Course Move
1 Hamburger Falkenstein No change
2 Budersand Sylt No change
3 Föhr (Rot & Gelb) Up 2
4 Winston (Links) No change
5 Hardenberg (Niedersachsen) Up 1
6 Winston (Open) Up 7
7 Köln Up 3
8 Hubbelrath (East) Down 5
9 Wendelinus (A & C) Down 2
10 Jakobsberg Down 2
11 Berlin-Wannsee (Championship) Up 15
12 St Dionys No change
13 Schloss Klingenburg Up 5
14 Mittelrheinischer Bad Ems Down 3
15 Taunus-Weilrod Down 6
16 Sonnenalp (Oberallgäu) Down 1
17 Schloss Langenstein Up 2
18 Bad Saarow (Faldo Berlin) Down 4
19 Gut Düneburg New entry
20 zur Vahr Bremen (Garlstedt) Down 4
21 Bad Saarow (Palmer) Up 1
22 Rhein-Main Wiesbaden New entry
23 Seddiner See (Süd) No change
24 Elmpter Wald New entry
25 Altenhof Down 4
26 Bad Neuenahr Down 1
27 Bad Münstereifel Down 10
28 München-Riedhof Up 49
29 Feldafing Down 1
30 Tegernseer Bad Wiessee Down 3
31 Reit im Winkl New entry
32 Hofgut Georgenthal Up 2
33 Oberstaufen-Steibis Down 4
34 Hamburger Hittfeld Down 4
35 Gut Lärchenhof Down 15
36 Frankfurter Down 12
37 Rhein-Wied Up 5
38 Haxterpark (Haxterhöhe Links) Up 51
39 Ostsee-Wittenbeck (Eikhof) Down 3
40 St Leon-Rot (Rot) Down 9
41 Norderney Up 17
42 Beuerberg Down 10
43 St Leon-Rot (St Leon) Down 8
44 Regensburg No change
45 Bad Orb Up 15
46 Schwanhof Down 7
47 Ebersberg (Championship) New entry
48 St Eurach Down 15
49 Habsberg Down 11
50 Weimarer Land (Goethe) Down 1
51 Bergisch Land Up 1
52 Hamburg-Walddörfer Down 6
53 Stuttgarter Solitude Down 8
54 Lübeck-Travemünder (Red & White) Down 17
55 Gut Wissmannshof New entry
56 Augsburg Down 16
57 Schloss Wilkendorf (Sandy Lyle) Down 16
58 Varmert Down 15
59 Bella Vista New entry
60 Burg Zievel Down 1
61 Dresden Elbflorenz Down 14
62 Hanau-Wilhelmsbad Down 14
63 Spessart Down 10
64 Achental Up 6
65 Siegen-Olpe Down 1
66 Aachener No change
67 Wörthsee New entry
68 Düsseldorfer New entry
69 Olching Down 1
70 St Peter-Ording Down 5
71 Krefelder Down 20
72 Berliner - Motzener See Down 15
73 Lindau Down 23
74 Westfälischer Gütersloh Down 11
75 Pottenstein-Weidenloh Down 6
76 Donnersberg Down 20
77 Rheinhessen Down 15
78 GreenEagle (North) Down 24
79 Freudenstadt Down 12
80 Bodensee Weissensberg Down 25
81 Bad Waldsee (Old) Down 10
82 Lauterbach Down 10
83 Kitzeberg Down 8
84 Schloss Maxlrain Down 23
85 Starnberg Up 8
86 Winnerod Down 10
87 Bad Vilbel Down 9
88 Sonnenalp (Sonnenalp) Down 9
89 Bad Griesbach (Brunnwies) Up 8
90 Münchener (B & C) Down 17
91 Oberzwieselau Down 17
92 Bad Waldsee (New) Down 12
93 Mainzer Down 5
94 Hamburg-Ahrensburg Down 13
95 Balmer See No change
96 Buxtehude Down 14
97 Garmisch Partenkirchen Down 14
98 Gut Häusern Down 13
99 Gut Kaden (B & C) Down 3
100 Artland Down 16


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Ulrich Mayring
German Correspondent