First round after becoming a member at Bachgrund Golf Club

You might have read it, since 1st May I’m member of Bachgrund Golf Club, outside of Frankfurt. On Friday I played my first 18 holes as a member – I played there before but that’s three years ago.

Bachgrund features 27-holes, a 18-hole links-style championship course and a 9-hole more parkland-style course. “Nessi”, the 18-hole course is a very interesting course with narrow fairways, lots of water, many bunkers in play and requires both intelligent course strategy and straight drives. It’s a tough one I’d say. Almost impossible to end the round with the very same ball you started with.

On Friday I was grouped together with three Korean gentlemen, all members of the club, apparently very knowledgeable in terms of course details – a shame they didn’t speak any German or English. So it was a rather quiet round…

I really like the course setting although I’m not a big links fan, but the course is tricky and challenging. I will report as regular as possible. Tomorrow I have a 9:20 tee time.

Playing one of the Leading Golf Courses of Germany at the 2011 Hanau Masters

The Frankfurt area is blessed with a lot of golf courses and there are two or three that stand even apart because they are not just fine courses, they are brilliant ones. Frankfurt Golf Club is one of them and Golf Club Hanau-Wilhelmsbad, just outside Frankfurt, is another.

Hanau is a small town located in Frankfurt’s east and the course is a beautiful parkland styled course. But in contrast to Frankfurt, there’s plenty of water coming into play. So there’s lots of woods and trees, water hazards and, if that’s not enough, for the Hanau Masters today we all had to play from the white tee boxes! My first time by the way!

The course is in perfect condition, the fairways are a bit lush after the recent rain period but the whole site with all its facilities makes a very nice impression. I really could imagine becoming a member and playing this course regularly. The layout isn’t easy at all, playing white tee boxes was tough and, another premiere, the tournament was played in stroke play. So there is this easiness lacking that you have with stableford! But the course was fair enough…

My game wasn’t that good today. I shot some nice drives with my new driver, shot some awful ones as well. Playing from the champions tees on a course that you see the first time, having a 3.1 and 4.1 handicapper in your group who really get pissed for every bogey they play, I can tell you, that’s not easy! I got frustrated too, got caught by the bad mood and my game was suffering from it as well. Needless to say that I wasn’t able to reach the buffer zone and that I worsened my handicap to 17.1… too bad! At least the 3-course dinner we had afterwards was an appropriate compensation.

Wwe had some drizzle during the play but it was mostly dry. Arrived at the 18th, I pulled my approach shot to the green into the woods and lost my first ball. Otherwise I’d finished with the same ball I started with – normally a good sign.

The Golf Club Hanau-Wilhelmsbad is member of the Leading Golf Courses of Germany; a certification label of the finest golf courses we have in Germany and a true  mark of quality. This is including the course, the arrangements next to the course, club house facilities, restaurants but as well things like etiquette, dress code, rules and so forth. So playing in a club that was honored with such label, is a pleasure for the most part. Only 34 German golf clubs can praise themselves with this emblem.

To sum up: This round today was definitely not the last! It’s an expensive course but worth every cent.

MLP golf journal trophy at G&CC leipzig [updated]

regular readers of this blog are aware of the fact that i’ve already tried to win a MLP golf journal trophy tournament this year. the lucky guy wins a ticket to belek, turkey’s golf eldorado and is in the middle of a world final and has quite some fun with all the golf buddies, so far as i heard. 40 tournaments are played this year and everybody is free to try it at several occasions… what makes it a bit easier, but far from simple. but one thing at a time:

last weekend i travelled with three golf buddies to the golf & country club leipzig. we all are quite crazy about the game and about the MLP trophy and therefore we thought it would be fun to dress-up with uniformed polo-shirts: “MLP golf journal trophy, team frankfurt, [name]”. we were the only guys with such well-chosen gear and got some laughs but as well some acknowledgement for our efforts. but it’s not about looking good for winning a tournament, it’s about playing well with the least possible number of strokes.

we arrived on thursday, had a nice evening in leipzig’s city center (tip: check out the barfußgässchen if you’d make it there one time), had the tournament on friday, partied till early morning and left on saturday.

all in all it was a really nice trip! the course was in good shape, the people were very friendly and the club management made everything happen to let everybody feel really comfy! have a look at some photos:

some additional words about the course: the golf & country club leipzig is situated in machern, a small village eastwards from leipzig. the club got through some time of unrest but seems to settle down quite nicely. the holes are beautifully shaped and offer some new water hazards, creeks, high rough and a beautiful 18th island green. the halfway house (yet a tent) is superbly placed at a spot where every golfer is coming along 4 times… as a result there was a lot of champagne and ramazotti in play!!

the tournament ended with a huge party at the sun terrace, with a tasty buffet, a live band, free beer and a stunning sunset over the 18th green… *sigh* where can i sign in for next year?!

BMW golf cup international… what a day!

today was a wonderful day! not only because i had a day off and we had the most beautiful weather ever, but because i had the rare chance to play the BMW golf cup international in the most famous and elite golf club in frankfurt.

i was looking forward to this day like months. and yes, the waiting was totally worth it. everything today was kinda perfect: the sun was shining all the time, the course is a real must-play, a gorgeous venue for this tournament, catering at the half-way-house or in the club house was delicious, the club with all its facilities is just amazing and the BMW organization was absolutely brilliant!!

the course and the club made such a good impression, that i really consider a membership. it’s very expensive, yes, but where in the region can you get such combination of perfect course, perfect organization, perfect member’s attitude and real nice club house facilities. just to give you an example, the free towels in the shower room have an embroidered FGC on them, same as all the dinner plates and cutlery that had the club logo printed or engraved. just marvelous! i like that. i don’t know why.

at 1pm we had a shotgun start and there were two gentlemen joining my group. we had real fun! not because of the good strokes but we just enjoyed the day and ourselves. we were getting along with each such good, that we exchanged email-addresses and planned to play some more rounds together in the near future.

after the game, some cool fresh-up in the shower room and some severe up-dressing, we enjoyed a perfect three-course dinner with the best roast beef i’ve ever tasted so far. the wine flowed freely and i had no reason to go back home really :)

to sum up: frankfurter golf club is a really nice course to play golf! it’s very upperclass, yes, but when you can cope with that, you’re in love with this place, i can assure you! you definitely should consider a round here. required minimum handicap is 28 and weekend play is only possible as a member’s registered guest; that’ the downside.

i made some photos for you, maybe you can grasp the beauty of the course, which is a huge parkland area in the woods of frankfurt-niederrad. have a look:

and not to forget: i wanna thank markus and his sister for… nah, they know what for! cheers mates!