Golf Vacations in Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg

Golf Vacations in Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg

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Golf Holidays in Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg

Schleswig-Holstein, the most nor-thern German state where we begin our golf journey, is also commonly called the land between the seas. Its coasts upon the North Sea and the Baltic have – Schleswig-Holstein developed into the flatland with the largest golf courses – justifiably earned the name “Golf Coast” which is also documented again and again on the Internet at www.golfkueste.de. Indeed, the state south of Denmark and north of Hamburg and Lower Saxony has much to offer – above all nevertheless in our golf tourism context in the combination of history and culture, nature and golf.

Die “Golf Coast” begins in Flensburg, the northern most city of Germany, with lots of brick Gothic. Not far away, one can play links golf at the Fjord Golf Club in Glücksburg.

The fairways lie directly next to and above the Flensburg Fjord with a great view of Denmark. Directly across – along the North Sea Golf Coast – the 18 holes of the Sylt Golf Club await upon the most popular North Sea island. Ca. 30,000 qm water area characterize this course and, from holes 3 and 4, there is, for example, a magnificent view above the Braderup Heath across the Watten Sea to the Morsum Cliff.

The Föhr Golf Club upon the island of the same name Föhr in front of Amrum likewise offers 18 high-quality holes. The old 9 holes of Frank Pennink are a veritable parkland course. The additional 9 holes designed by Harald Harradine are closer to being a links course. From some holes, there are extensive views across the island and from the 10th tee, a view towards the North Sea. Also upon the mainland, one is also a welcome golf guest. The fairways of the Husum Bay Golf Club lie upon almost level terrain and are permeated by rolling terrain and bends. Ponds, firm rough, water hazards as well as arbitrarily placed greens offer varied and demanding play.

South of the Eckern Fjord in the Castle Park and sand trap, there lie the magnificent holes of the Altenhof Golf Club as an oasis for rest only a few minutes removed from the Baltic, along the Baltic Bathing Road which is a vacation route which is among the best travel and golf regions and not only for Scandinavian neighbours. The state’s capital city of Kiel boasts the Kitzeberg Golf Club, one of the oldest in Germany. The grounds, which are similar to a park with a very old group of trees, offer again and again a challenge for players of all skill levels due to the numerous slopes.

Only about 10 minutes by automobile from the Kiel city centre, the Gut Uhlenhorst Golf & Country Club offers the golfer a large, varied golf course upon grounds of 145 ha. There are a total of 27 holes (3 18-hole combinations) and a 9-hole short course.

From the broader offerings, the holes of the Hohwacht Bay Golf and Country Club are recommended which lies quite near to the birthplace of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in the Salzau Castle. The 27-hole course offers views above the large lake and the Eastern Coast and, in addition to the challenge to the golfers, offers varied golf rounds in fresh sea air. Included among the courses along the Baltic Sea is also the Gary Player Golf School with a golfodrome, the only one in Germany.

Golf becomes a festival What more could one want?

Along the Plön and the lakes, one reaches Waldshagen where a magnificent 18-hole champion’s course in the Waldshagen Golf Club awaits before you are led via the residency city Eutin back to the Baltic coast.

For those visitors who wish to reach Germany in only a few hours with Scandlines Ferries as the crow flies (via the Öresund bridge and Rödby, Denmark), golfing happiness, so to speak, upon the island of arrival Fehmarn lies directly behind the putting course. 18 holes of wondrously beautiful coastal golf with a view towards the Fehmarnsund are at home at the Fehmarn Golf Club on the southern part of the island. From all the tees and greens, you have a magnificent view of the Baltic and the Burger Lake with the backdrop of many surfers, the Burger harbour and the Fehmarnsund bridge. From each tee or green, you have a view towards the sea and the 9th green is quasi the “Island upon the Island”.

Now we are right in the middle of the Hanse land, in the land between the seas where the old mills are and the canola fields bloom. As the crow flies, we come up Neustadt, the Grömitz coastal resort and directly on the outskirts of the city, a wondrously beautiful par 73 golf course at the Grömitz Golf Club. Particularly interesting for golf tourists, however, is the Brodau Mill Golf Club where a genuine old Dutch mill towers over the 18-hole championship golf course which is flat upon the first holes, but then the back nine remind one of the highlands. The name Holstein Switzerland stands for quality and even steep hills. Only a few kilometres away is the Hansapark Sierksdorf, a top-level Schleswig-Holstein Disneyland.

Golf and music – a festival

Where the Lübeck Bay only then begins in earnest, near Neustadt, Sierksdorf and Scharbeutz, that is where the golf centre of the Baltic Bathing Road also practically begins. The land between the seas, formerly purely agricultural land with industrial harbour cities, has transformed itself over the course of time. Certainly, there are signs of the agricultural here and there, but now its emphasis is upon research and science, upon com-merce and change – it has long since become an interesting and highly frequented travel destination. It has recently become quite attractive for golf tourists from the world over.

Maritime magnificence

There is more golf being played in the inner Lübeck Bay than elsewhere: With the Timmendorf Beach Clubhouse Golf Course, there is one of the largest Northern German golf facilities with two 18-hole courses at Oeverdiek. Nature, golf and tourism form an ideal combination here. The Timmendorf Beach Clubhouse Golf Club has a par-61 course, short but tricky, for members and guests alike as well as a par-72 championship course which can become a monster when the wind is strong.

If one wishes, Baltic Sea tourism must have been invented on the Timmendorf Beach. Here the post leaves or the world stands still precisely as one wishes it to be. At least this Baltic bath, with its magnificent offerings and meeting places, is a vacationer’s centre along the German coasts. When this is paired with golf – and where would this be better possible than on the Timmendorf beach with its impressive hotels - , then one shouldn’t just dream about this, but realize it. Just go there straightaway!

Particularly when one knows that there is a new exemplary golf pearl along the Hemmelsdorf Lake in Warnsdorf, built just one kilometre away from the Timmendorf Beach in 2003: The new MARITIM Baltic Golf Club - 27 first-class holes above a lake directly along the coast, what more could you want! A champion which not only earns its name, but rather is also the single golf course in northern Germany where one can play golf and exercise even in the winter in the clubhouse which is built around a large exercise facility. There is no doubt, the Lübeck Bay area is made for golfing – and every guest is welcome there!

The “Queen” and her “Beautiful Daughter”

Travelling onward towards Lübeck.We’ve already talked about the Hanse, but only a little bit about the “Queen of the Hanse”, Lübeck on the Baltic, the Hanseatic League city which has been designated by UNESCO as a world cultural treasure. Lübeck, the “Queen of the Hanse”, a Medieval confederation of trading cities along the Baltic extending to the Mediterranean, a preferred unification of Europe upon a small scale, is today the cultural and economic epicentre of the Holstein landscape which serves very well as a centre for golfers, as a focal point of a golf trip through northern Germany.

The catchment area of the Hanseatic city begins only a few kilometres away from Timmendorf Beach. Here there are the boundaries of “Lübeck’s beautiful daughter” Travemünde. Not only does the golf ball roll only 27 beautiful holes at the Lübeck-Travemünde Golf Club above the Brodten bluff in one at one of the oldest golf clubs in Germany, but rather one can – if one shouldn’t fare so well upon the fairways and greens – try one’s luck on the roulette wheel at the traditional casino – or enjoy maritime specialties in the Columbia Casino Hotel above the Nordermole while man looks down from an eagle’s perspective upon Germany’s largest old windjammer, the “Trade Wind”, and indulge oneself in old sea travel romanticism.

Only a short distance from both coastal resorts are the gates to the “Queen of the Hanse”, the city of the seven towers, the Hanseatic city of Lübeck, the picture book city with rich art and art history upon the Trave Island where marzipan and rotspon are culinary delights awaiting you. It is home to the old mariners’ churches St. Jacobi, Marienkirche, the cathedral and St. Petri. The Town Hall and the Holsten Gate are brick examples of late medieval times. The old Salzspeicher [salt storehouse] along the Trave and the Holy Spirit Hospital, with its top-class restoration, make it a must-see for tourists.

And there is the “Schiffergesellschaft [Mariners’ Society]”, the oldest or at least one of the oldest inns in Germany, still the home of mariners today. The old Jar Tars sit here with Klönschnack; still smoke clay pipes, maritime cosiness rules.

If one doesn’t visit the “Mariners’ Society” and the “Holy Spirit Hospital”, it’s almost as if one hasn’t even been to Lübeck. The dreams of mariners and golfers are realised here, both in a spiritual and culinary context.

Karl May and golf in Wensin

Just a little west of Lübeck, in Bad Segeberg, completely different festivals are celebrated. There, one finds an open-air arena which offers every type of pop music. However, in the summer, it becomes a bastion of the wild west in good old Germany. The Karl May Festival Plays with Winnetou, Old Shatterhand, etc. again and again draw many thousands of visitors from throughout the world. Not far from the Kalkberg Arena, in Wensin, there lies the Segeberg-Wensin Golf Club, one of the most difficult golf courses in northern Germany which has a slope of 128 and a length of 6,534 metres.

You can go from Lübeck – as most visitors do – first arriving by ferry, then via the Autobahn in the direction of Hamburg. However, one can opt for the Old Salt Road and travel via the Cathedral city of Ratzeburg and the owl glass city of Mölln and then reach the Hanseatic metropolis by going through the Sachsenwald. If one has the time, the second route is the more beautiful.

The Grambek Golf Club is quite near Mölln, almost flat, with gentle rolling terrain. The course is quite easy to walk on and is ideal during almost every season. However, since the slope is 129, you quickly find that it is a challenging course.