Ulrich Mayring

My name is Ulrich Mayring, I am based in Germany and currently play off 12. Continental and sometimes non-continental Europe are my main stomping grounds and over the years I have accumulated more than 200 course reviews. Most of them still await repurposing for this site, but performing double duty as the German Correspondent for Top 100 doesn't make the process any faster!

However, once I do get around to comment, I try to make it count. At http://gcescale.mayring.de I have described my guidelines for judging the quality of a golf course: quirk, scenery, shot values and flow. Using this system, the leaders in their respective countries turned out to be Cruden Bay, St Enodoc, Kennemer, Hamburger Golf-Club, Acquasanta, Hardelot Les Pins and Seefeld-Wildmoos. Among the modern courses my favorites are Belle Dune, Wendelinus, Le Querce, Millst├Ątter See, Cihelny, Gerre Losone and Harre Vig.


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Düsseldorfer 29/08/2018

Gem Germany - Best in Area
According to the club's history 14000 trees were planted during construction on a site that needed perhaps a handful. While the course doesn't feel completely tree-lined,...


Achensee 01/08/2018

16th Austria Ranking
This picture shows the view you get after duffing your drive off the "not so good first hole". I suspect most clubs would kill for such a hole. As you can see, it is (lik...


Elmpter Wald 01/08/2018

Gem Germany - Best in Area
With a little bit of money this could be a Top 10 course in Germany and with a lot of money it might even challenge a few of the heathland greats in England. The little m...


Hofgut Georgenthal 30/05/2017

9th South West Germany - Best in Area 34th Germany Ranking
If Pennard is the "links in the sky", then this is the "links in the woods". Despite that bizarre designation and any number of flaws, I'll let this contraption sneak int...


Waterville 12/10/2016

2nd Kerry - Best in Area 5th Ireland Ranking 32nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
No one misses the Ring of Kerry and neither did we. Although the Ring of Beara (hidden gem – the Uragh stone circle!) and the Ring of Dingle are every bit as nice, but Ki...


Dooks 12/10/2016

5th Kerry - Best in Area 31st Ireland Ranking
Also on the Ring of Kerry, but much closer to Killarney, sits this previously hidden gem, which has been affected by a healthy infusion of tourist play. While still a ver...


Mulranny 12/10/2016

5th Mayo - Best in Area
After so much high-end golf I decided to pay homage to the origins of the game – at a place, that is not very far removed from them! It takes some doing to get there from...


Cork 12/10/2016

2nd Cork - Best in Area 34th Ireland Ranking
This is not a links course and strictly not even a seaside course and yet it feels every bit like one. It is located on a peninsula near Cork on the banks of Lough Mahon,...


Ballybunion (Cashen) 12/10/2016

4th Kerry - Best in Area 26th Ireland Ranking
The most spectacular dunes at Ballybunion aren't on the Old course, but on a site next to it, so it is no wonder that the club decided to build another course there. It i...


Carne (Hackett) 12/10/2016

1st Mayo - Best in Area 12th Ireland Ranking 60th Britain & Ireland Ranking
The scenic drive up from Mulranny through the Ballycroy National Park is over way too soon, but Belmullet awaits with another very natural course – the Carne golf links....


Carne (Kilmore) 12/10/2016

Gem Ireland - Best in Area
Another nine holes have been added recently and christened the Kilmore loop. These are routed through some of the wildest terrain imaginable and are on the brink of playa...


Winston (Links) 09/08/2016

1st North East Germany - Best in Area 4th Germany Ranking 84th Continental Europe Ranking
This course is not big, it's B-I-G and the design is absolutely spectacular. None of the holes can be conquered with routine strategies, there are no boring connector sho...


Seddiner See (Süd) 25/07/2016

5th North East Germany - Best in Area 23rd Germany Ranking
If you like playing from sand, then this is your course. The Trent Jones philosophy of "hard par, easy bogey" is certainly operating here, but I wonder how many players f...


Feldafing 03/06/2016

4th South East Germany - Best in Area 28th Germany Ranking
The six word abstract: great summer course for straight hitters. Generally, I'm not a fan of tree-lined courses. Sure, trees are nice and occasionally magnificent, but...


Schwanhof 27/05/2016

9th South East Germany - Best in Area 39th Germany Ranking
I enjoyed playing here. It's a classy place, but not aloof in any way. Sure, the clubhouse does serve some quite sophisticated food for a price and I saw a greenkeeper cu...