The wandering golfer

10698622_824954670859441_8967969443468687868_nGolf courses give the game that extra something. This is what makes golf so special: all over the world golf is different, just because there are no absolute identical courses to be found. There might be quite similar course characteristics but ultimately all courses are different, the weather plays an important role and all together we get what all golfers strive for: a real challenge, but pleasing the eye!

Only when the course is really difficult, a lot of water and bunkers in play, narrow fairways and forced carries, then golfers usually relate to such course as ‘excellent’. No golfer likes to lose a lot of balls in the water or the bushes and fun is a big factor as well, but after all, the trickier the course, the happier the golfer is that he managed to finish in (more or less) style.

Golf is different every time we tee off, even on the same course, a round is not like the next or the last. This makes golf so interesting.

One thing that makes it even more interesting is to test your game on various styles of golf courses: links courses, parkland courses, heathland courses, etc. Every setting and location has its own complexity and again, every day looks different as for instance links courses are highly exposed to the wind that golfers might need to fully adapt swing and strategy in order to succeed.

If we then take into account that there are so many magnificent golf courses around the world, it automatically relates to one big goal for every keen golfer: play as many great courses in the world as you can. Time is limited, the sheer number of great courses is increasing and there is nothing more heart-warming than playing 18 holes during holidays somewhere on the other side of the planet.

Believe me when I say, collecting golf courses is probably the best addition to playing golf in the first place. It’s never too late, start today!

This is my current status of the golf journey:

Courses played overall: 88
Countries played in: 11

Germany

  • Golf Club Bremer Schweiz, Bremen
  • Golf Club Oberneuland, Bremen
  • Golf Club Worpswede, Lower Saxony
  • Golf Club Tietlingen, Lower Saxony
  • Golf Club Verden, Lower Saxony
  • Golf Club Gifhorn, Lower Saxony
  • Golf Club Wümme, Rotenburg, Lower Saxony
  • Club zur Vahr (Garlstedt), Lower Saxony
  • Frankfurter Golf Club, Hesse
  • Golfclub Idstein (North, South), Hesse
  • Kiawah Golf Park, Hof Hayna, Hesse
  • Homburger Golfclub, Hesse
  • Bad Vilbeler Golfclub, Hesse
  • Golfclub Golf Range Frankfurt, Hesse
  • Golfclub Bachgrund (Nessie, Happy Luck), Hesse
  • Golf Club Weilrod, Hesse
  • Golf & Country Club Kronberg, Hesse
  • Golf Club Hanau-Wilhelmsbad, Hesse
  • Golfclub Heddesheim, Gut Neuzenhof, Hesse
  • Golf Club Hausen vor der Sonne, Hesse
  • Golfpark Trages, Hesse
  • Golf Club Gernsheim, Hesse
  • Golf Club Main-Taunus, Wiesbaden-Delkenheim, Hesse
  • Golfclub Rhein-Main, Rheinblick Golf Course, Hesse
  • Golfanlage Rennbahn Frankfurt Niederrad, Hesse
  • Golfpark Biblis Wattenheim (A, B), Hesse
  • Golf Club Neuhof, Hesse
  • Golf Club Spessart, Hesse
  • Licher Golf Club, Hesse
  • Golfpark Gut Hühnerhof, Hesse
  • Golf Club Hofgut Georgenthal, Hesse
  • Zimmerner Golf Club 1995, Hesse
  • Golf Club Schloss Braunfels, Hesse
  • Golf & Country Club Fleesensee (Castle, Scandinavian), Mecklenburg West Pomerania
  • Golfclub Stromberg, Rhineland Palatinate
  • Golfclub Rheinhessen, Rhineland Palatinate
  • Mainzer Golf Club, Rhineland Palatinate
  • Golf Club Nahetal, Rhineland Palatinate
  • Golf Club Sylt, Schleswig Holstein
  • Budersand Golf Club Sylt, Schleswig Holstein
  • Marine Golf Club Sylt, Schleswig Holstein
  • Golfclub St. Wendel (A, B, C), Saarland
  • Golf Club Feldafing, Bavaria
  • Golfpark Rosenhof, Bavaria
  • Golf & Country Club Leipzig, Saxony
  • Golf Club Ulm, Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • Golfclub Donau-Riss, Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • Golf und Land-Club Köln, Refrath, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof, Pulheim, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Düsseldorfer Golf Club, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Land und Golf Club Düsseldorf, Hubbelrath, North Rhine-Westphalia

Austria

  • Golf Eichenheim, Kitzbühel, Tirol
  • Golf Club Schwarzsee Kitzbühel, Tirol
  • Golfclub Kitzbühel, Tirol

England

  • London Golf Club (Heritage), Kent
  • The Grove Golf Course, Hertfordshire
  • Stoke Park Golf & Country Club, Buckinghamshire
  • Shooters Hill Golf Club, London

USA

  • Valley Oaks Golf Club, Visalia, CA

Spain

  • Lopesan Meloneras Golf, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
  • Guadalmina Club de Golf, Marbella, Andalucia
  • Golf Novo Sancti Petri, Andalucia

Sweden

  • Ekerum Resort (Lange Jan course), Öland

UAE

  • Emirates Golf Club Dubai (Faldo), Dubai
  • Jumeirah Golf Estates (Fire), Dubai
  • The Els Club, Dubai
  • The Address Montgomerie, Dubai
  • Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai
  • Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Abu Dhabi
  • Tower Links Golf Club, Ras Al Khaimah

Turkey

  • Gloria Golf Club (New), Belek
  • Carya Golf Club, Belek
  • Cornelia Golf Club, Belek
  • The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Belek
  • Antalya Golf Club (PGA Sultan), Belek

Australia

  • Hamilton Island Golf Club, Queensland
  • Palmer Sea Reef Golf Club, Queensland

Mauritius

  • Belle Mare Plage Golf Club (Links, Legend)
  • Le Touessrok Golf Club

South Africa

  • St Francis Links, Eastern Cape
  • Pezula Golf Club, Western Cape
  • Oubaai Golf Club, Western Cape
  • Pinnacle Point Golf Club, Western Cape
  • Pearl Valley Golf Club, Western Cape
  • Arabella Golf Club, Western Cape