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 for this site I am performing the duty of German Correspondent. Essentially that means I need to play and review a lot of German courses and help with the rankings.

At http://gcescale.mayring.de I have described my guidelines for judging the quality of a golf course. For me the leaders in their respective countries turned out to be Cruden Bay, St Enodoc, Ballybunion Old, Kennemer, Hamburger Falkenstein, Acquasanta, Hardelot Les Pins and Seefeld-Wildmoos. True, these are all classic courses, but I also applaud the modern efforts at Belle Dune, Föhr, Le Querce, Millstätter See, Cihelny, Gerre Losone and Harre Vig.

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Fontainebleau 26/03/2020

3rd North East France - Best in Area 4th France Ranking 8th Continental Europe Ranking
It was immediately obvious to me that this is a world-class course. I think even before stepping onto the first tee, but definitely then. The way the holes around the clu...

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Gut Düneburg 27/12/2019

6th North West Germany - Best in Area 19th Germany Ranking
This one's definitely off the beaten track and so it has flown under my radar, which usually is quite sensitive to sandy courses. The marketing doesn't make much of that...

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Rhein-Main 27/12/2019

6th South West Germany - Best in Area 22nd Germany Ranking
Rheinblick means "Rhein View", but it is a bit of a stretch (literally) to get a glimpse of the "most German river" of all. But that misnomer is about the only thing I ca...

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Reit im Winkl 27/12/2019

6th South East Germany - Best in Area 31st Germany Ranking
It's a fine line between genius and insanity, so I'm sure that reviews will fall on both sides of that. If you love the mountains, then this adventurous routing will be a...

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Hamburger Hittfeld 07/07/2019

9th North West Germany - Best in Area 34th Germany Ranking
I have mixed feelings about this course. The first 11 holes are great. Although the rolling topography necessitates some climbing, most of it is over the first two holes...

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Budersand Sylt 07/07/2019

2nd North West Germany - Best in Area 2nd Germany Ranking 20th Continental Europe Ranking
I experienced this course in several wind conditions and like any self-respecting links it always remained playable, but certainly not the same way. The firm and fast con...

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Düsseldorfer 29/08/2018

11th West Germany - Best in Area 68th Germany Ranking
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,...

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Achensee 01/08/2018

12th 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...

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Elmpter Wald 01/08/2018

3rd West Germany - Best in Area 24th Germany Ranking
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...

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Hofgut Georgenthal 30/05/2017

8th South West Germany - Best in Area 32nd 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...

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Waterville 12/10/2016

2nd Kerry - Best in Area 5th Ireland Ranking 35th 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...

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Dooks 12/10/2016

5th Kerry - Best in Area 26th 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...

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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...

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Cork 12/10/2016

2nd Cork - Best in Area 30th 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,...

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