Another day, another round of golf. And as you do, we had a really nice course reserved for the end. On a very cold April morning Carsten and I met up with a friend of his to play the famous East Course at Golf Club Hubbelrath. For some strange reason they sometimes are also called Golf und Land Club Düsseldorf (Golf & Country Club) but nobody could give me a proper answer to why that’s the case. Nevermind.
Hubbelrath is really close to the other Düsseldorf course we played the day before and it’s famous in a way that the venue hosted the German Open multiple times, hosts the Ladies European Open, Junior Championships, is home to one of most successful golf teams in Germany (current German Champion) and in general is a really nice and challenging course.
Hubbelrath is again another Bernhard von Limburger course and features a very hilly parkland setup. The weather got worse and worse but we were in good mood, chatted along and enjoyed every minute.
The East Course starts right at the clubhouse from an elevated tee. However, there is a funny tweak to it as the first tee box for yellow is on one side of the club building, whereas the white tee box is situated behind the building with quite a different angle to get to the fairway. That was a first for me.
As mentioned, Hubbelrath is quite hilly as well. You find yourself walking up and down, and up and down. Due to all the rain of the previous days, the course presented itself quite soggy and played wet and soft – that was the case for both the fairways and the greens as well.
Walking the East course you realise this course is over 50 years old. Tree lines are big and mature, there is very little disturbance from outside the course or from the adjacent holes – it’s just a very pleasant course that you can enjoy. Maybe that’s the reason Martin Kaymer is checking in from time to time when he’s in Germany. His parents’ place is just a couple of minutes away.
I was told their par-3 hole 7 was awarded “Most Beautiful Golf Hole in Germany” once. I couldn’t find proof online but it looks fantastic indeed, at least for German standards.
All in all a very nice finish to our NRW Tour 2016 trip. It has been a pleasure to play all these great courses in West Germany. I will absolutely be back some time to play them again, and I will make sure I’ll play in beautiful sunshine then, because the weather during the four days was absolutely horrible!
I think it’s a challenge and really tricky to achieve to play in horrendous and difficult condition and still enjoy the day to the fullest. For me that’s an issue of comfort in specific temperatures, comfort of different clothing and pleasure to the eye, because while golfing I absolutely prefer lush green and clear blue skies over 50 shades of grey.
But we all know golf is a sport executed outside – with all positives and negatives to it. So I guess I have to accept that not every round can be played in stellar condition.
We had good fun anyway, enjoyed ourselves on the course and stayed in the clubhouse for a while. Interestingly the club hosted a funeral reception that day so we tried not to cheer up too much about the golf.
To get a better feeling for how the course and the amenities actually look like you should watch this video: