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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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....

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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...

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Jakobsberg 21/01/2014

2nd South West Germany - Best in Area 8th Germany Ranking
The club sports a quote on its homepage that says something to the effect of "it's hard to describe the extraordinary, but easy to recognize it." That, in a nutshell, is...

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Hubbelrath (East) 14/07/2014

1st West Germany - Best in Area 3rd Germany Ranking 44th Continental Europe Ranking
To me Hubbelrath was a revelation. Coming in I knew it was a prestigious course and probably the best in the area, but I didn't expect it to go beyond regional stardom. H...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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Budersand Sylt 07/07/2019

2nd North West Germany - Best in Area 2nd Germany Ranking 21st 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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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...

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Regensburg 27/05/2016

11th South East Germany - Best in Area 44th Germany Ranking
Let's start this review with the patio - it must be one of the most stylish 19th holes anywhere. None of the terrors that lurk out on the course are visible, in fact ever...

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Wendelinus (A & C) 28/01/2014

1st South West Germany - Best in Area 7th Germany Ranking
This is not your father's golf course. Traditionalists may disapprove of the boisterous game performed here, but to me it's brilliant fun and why shouldn't there be diffe...

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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...

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Taunus-Weilrod 03/02/2014

3rd South West Germany - Best in Area 9th Germany Ranking
The Taunus region may not be a full-fledged mountain range, but it certainly is hilly enough to satisfy even the hardiest of thrill-seekers in golf. Take a look at the en...

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