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Adjustments to the 2020 golf plan necessary

With the year 2020 becoming more and more strange, this all is going differently than planned. Early May will be the first possibility to hit some balls and if all things go alright and there is no second COVID-wave coming our way the season will be shortened quite drastically anyway and requires some adjustments to the travel and game plan of 2020.

Courses I most definitely want to play this year in my area:

  • Frankfurt
  • Main-Taunus
  • Lich
  • Hanau
  • Hof Hausen
  • Mainz

In addition some others a bit farther away:

  • St. Leon-Rot
  • Mannheim-Viernheim
  • Stuttgart Solitude
  • Ulm

Originally I had some others on the list, some in Munich, a trip to Hamburg, another one to Berlin, one to Weimar or to the south-west of Germany.

Also, the original plan had open slots for travel to Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark and Abu Dhabi at the end of the year to play some golf. I’m pretty sure this is not happening this year though.

Stay positive, play as much golf as you can and appreciate that you can play at all.

I really miss golf club life

I’m writing this after 8 weeks in COVID-19 lockdown and with no grip on a golf club for 5 months. Usually April/May is the time of the year I’m most encouraged to get on the course, get in shape, get some practice in and some rounds in preparation for the first tournaments of the year.

When I started golf I enrolled with three friends and we always had a good time. Then later when I moved to Frankfurt and became member here, I enjoyed getting to know new people, playing with new partners and similarly enjoyed the time after the round with a drink on the terrace.

I’m of the belief the social aspect is always overseen but so important in golf. There are just few sports on this planet where you get to play with strangers for hours and then have a beer in the sunshine afterwards to discuss all sorts of golf related stuff.

For quite some time now I’m a member of a club which is far from where I live. Therefore I tend to play different courses in my area instead and don’t stick to just one. The benefit of one home club clearly is the social component. You see the same people, can make friends with people you like and maybe even let these new people into your private life next to golf.

That’s what I miss right now. Especially in times of the Corona crisis when everybody is forced to stay home, I often think about full sun terraces at a local club and the joy to see the same faces all over again for some serious golf chit-chat.

Hoping for better times. Fingers crossed.

We ship worldwide, even in crisis situations

While golfers around the world are checking daily if they’d be allowed to golf again anytime soon, we clearly understand the severity of the situation. Golf is a sport and there are truly more important things to life than golf right now… not many though.

For those of you now experienced online shoppers, you might want to check our online store, too. There are some cool shirts, hoodies and tank tops to be found there—legit street-cred golf apparel. For more off the course than on it.

But we keep fingers crossed you’re allowed back to play rather sooner than later. Keep safe and healthy.

Interview with Thomas Mönch, golf manager at Weimarer Land

In 2019 the Thuringia countryside made it onto my golf bucket list and together with two colleagues we stayed at the outstanding Weimarer Land Spa & GolfResort and enjoyed two fantastic days, playing golf, enjoying the resort’s amenities, the restaurants, the bar and we even made it to Weimar once for a decent walk in culture, being an important heritage to German history, ranging from Goethe, to Schiller, Bauhaus and the Weimar Republic.

The resort is a 20 minute ride south of Weimar where Goethe loved to do his horseback riding. Golf in this region was fairly new when the resort opened to the public as an upmarket golf holiday retreat in a converted farm.

After years of making its way up in the golf ranking lists, it is indeed a spot you shouldn’t miss if you like golf and fancy a trip to that region.

With Thomas Mönch, golf manager at Weimarer Land, I had the chance to discuss some current challenges and got some interesting insights in the work and motives of Weimarer Land Spa & GolfResort.

Golficiency: We’re living in turbulent times currently, and the COVID-19 pandemic hits everybody hard worldwide, especially the sports and hotel industry. How are you coping, what’s currently going on on your golf courses right now?

Thomas Mönch: The Corona crisis has serious effects and implications on the Spa & GolfResort Weimarer Land. On 19 March we had to close down the complete resort until further notice. The golf courses are therefore not playable anymore, neither for guests nor for members of the club. In addition we closed the complete hotel operations with all gastronomic and wellness facilities. Our reservation desk sadly had to cancel all guests’ bookings for Easter and the Early May weekend, even in a fully booked situation. Gladly the majority of our regular guests agreed to postpone rather than fully cancel their bookings.

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How COVID-19 has us by our golf balls

I’m not telling you any news when I say the world turned upside down couple of weeks ago when the Coronavirus hit the world hard and literally everybody on this globe was somehow affected by the COVID-19 disease and the respective actions by the various governments to avoid it from spreading.

You could argue the actions are crazy, but honestly I believe the people all over the place are doing quite a job in social distancing and flattening that damn curve to do everything in their hands for the greater good.

Experts tell us this is the only way to treat this horror and I tend to acknowledge they are correct. Restaurants are closed, pedestrian areas or city centers are empty like never before, and sports facilities and events are closed or cancelled.

This again has direct impact on all the golf-loving creatures out there, to which I count myself – and probably you too. I haven’t swung a golf club in 4 months and this time around would be my season ramp up for the first tournaments of the year. The weather has been awesome lately and sure I’d be on the course every time possible (considering family and all the other hobbies…)

But I can’t. Golf is closed, tournaments cancelled, the season pretty much postponed. Which is a pity as I had a) a great plan what to do this year (courses, resorts, tests, trips, etc.) and b) big hopes in terms of my handicap in getting that thing in the singles.

Anyway, this is not gonna happen anytime soon. This spring, this summer, this fall will all be pretty much different from all the others in the past. And still this is a first-world problem.

Live with it, let it sink, digest it and then keep fingers crossed everybody in your family, your loved ones, neighbors, friends and other are staying healthy and fine. I wish you all a great deal of happiness during these crazy times.

Stay safe, stay at home, stay alone for some time and look forward to the good times which clearly are just around the corner.

See you on the golf course, folks!

Ball Showcase: Golf Son Muntaner

Second ball I brought with me from Mallorca and actually from the course I played twice.

For once because I really liked it the first time I played it and second because Son Quint was busy with a members’ tournament when I wanted to play that one. So I came here again and in the end I was quite happy as Son Muntaner indeed is a great course and for good reason was just recently awarded European Tour Destination – World Class Golf Venue. That says a lot.

What a great achievement. And before you ask – I had nothing to do with it! Great course, great story and great ball for my showcase which is filling up nicely.

Operating some of the finest courses on the island: Arabella Golf Mallorca

imageFor those who don’t know Arabella Golf Mallorca so far, here is a quick reference.

The Arabella brand was founded by the German billionaire family Schörghuber. The empire was built on construction and beer—two things which not only go well together but apparently are very lucrative, if you do it right. The Bavarian Paulaner beer might be something you are aware of in that sense (and taste).

But they also ventured into hotels and golf, two things that also fit quite nicely. Under the Arabella brand there are hotel resorts and golf courses across Europe; predominantly in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Spain.

For Mallorca in particular, there is a subsidiary bearing the name of the famous island in the brand itself: Arabella Golf Mallorca. They operate several courses in the Palma region and are respected as some of the best on Mallorca, if not Spain altogether.

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Out of bounds… and the country

Imagine you are teeing off at Golf de Preisch, a neat little course in the north of France. You’re standing on the 4th tee, feeling confident that you can place the ball in the middle of the fairway—boom, and there it is again, the pull hook!

Problem with that, especially on hole number 4, the ball most likely will not only have left the club’s premises but also the country! Golf de Preisch lies exactly at the French border to Luxembourg. So any errant ball over the fence will automatically be subject to the Schengen treaty, having left the country within the European Union. No customs clearance necessary though fortunately.

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Due to the close proximity to the borders, the three 9-hole loops of this 27-hole facility are suitably named “France”, “Luxembourg” and “Allemagne”.

Are you aware of other courses, where this or something similar could happen, too?

Mallorca Press Cup 2019

The year 2019 ended well for me. After I basically stowed away all my clubs for the winter break – yes, you heard right, I don’t play in snow – just then I received the invitation to take part in the 2019 Mallorca Press Cup.

The cup itself is an annual gathering of European golf and golf travel writers of all sorts of media, to group them together in beautiful Mallorca and have them experience the great golf and great amenities available.

Playing hole 13 at Son Vida Golf, Palma de Mallorca

No question, I was all in for it, packed my stuff and off I went on a cold dark December morning to be greeted two hours later by Mediterranean sunshine, cosy temperatures, and last but not least by the chauffeur and his black S-Class Mercedes who was about to take me to my hotel.

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Brexit is done…

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…and you can think or lean towards which side you want, leave or remain, your choice, but you all have to agree that it’s going to be and look weird when in a couple of months time, 12 Europeans, including English, Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish will enter the stage under the European flag, walking the arena to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 as the Anthem of Europe, waiving blue-yellow flags and telling reporters how proud they are to play and compete for their continent.

European continent that is, not the European Union – rocking the same flag though.