California Dream, Crocodile Dundee and Arizona Life—in Germany!

Sounds weird? It’s absolutely not. Last week I played 18 holes at Biblis GC in south-west Germany. Next to a public short course, the club offers three sets of nine holes of which I played the first two. Every set features specific characteristics and is named accordingly.

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So the A course is called “California Dream” and offers more or less standard golf course attributes, probably pretending a bit that these are typical Californian golf styles. Course B however, “Crocodile Dundee”, offers more undulated fairways, rolling holes, tricky greens and is a bit more playful. Both courses are very nice and were in very good shape.

The course I didn’t play, “Arizona Life”, is the one I leave for next time. I couldn’t see much of it, but this C course features many more huge wasteland areas, bunkers, traditional desert golf attributes, but you won’t find a cactus though…

Again, all courses seem to be in great shape, both fairway and green quality was superb and the treat was the luxury driving range, right next to the artificial swimming pond and beach.

I was playing with two other people; a member of the ladies team and another guy, who seemed to play a completely different game: while I tried to stay on the fairway he obviously tried to do the opposite! Not a single fairway or green hit! on the contrary he managed to get in trouble at literally every hazard, bunker or other obstacle. There were situations in which he had to walk back quite a bit because his shot out of a bunker hit a tree and bounced back 50 metres. I can only guess but he must have lost 20 balls or so—for one round that is.

This was (even for him) quite funny in the beginning but after a while we just felt sorry for him because he really struggled. I wouldn’t say Biblis is a tough course, but it’s far from easy either. Some holes offer large landing zones, some don’t. There are many many bunkers across the A and B course and presumably even more on the “Arizona” course.

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All in all I played a very nice round! I took a day off and played the course on a Thursday. Astonishingly it was pretty busy and we had to wait from time to time. But I guess that’s because everybody in the area knows about the quality of the courses and also it was a very nice day in terms of sunshine as we had quite a dull summer over the last weeks. So I believe this brought out even the very last golfer.

This was definitely not the last time I played there! I carded down a +19 which is a bit of a shame because I had a good feeling throughout, even on this course which was absolutely new to me. But on one hole I played a double-par 8 and on the very last hole I needed 4 attempts to get out of a green-side bunker (!)… so it’s fair to say I had my ups and downs!

If you find yourself in the Worms region and are up for a round of golf, give Biblis a try. It’s worth the money.

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