A gem near Frankfurt: Golf Club Main-Taunus

This course is just a stone’s throw from my place, it’s a mere 15min ride on the Autobahn but still I have to say I rarely play this course. And after another tournament recently, I have to say, I have no idea why I don’t play here much more often. It’s such a nice course, offers challenges to all levels of players and still isn’t overly tricky.

During the tournament I had great company, we chatted along very nicely, had some drinks afterwards and my playing partner even won the trophy. So we were in a good mood, the atmosphere was great, weather held up and it turned out to be a great golfing day. I played 32 net points so my handicap went up 0.1 again. Didn’t care much.

Again, no idea why I don’t play here more often. Highly recommend it if you are in the area.

Ball Showcase: Golf Club Main Taunus

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On the weekend I was reminded of the nice rounds I played at GC Main Taunus last year. My wife and I we are currently looking for a house outside of Frankfurt and we had an appointment with an estate agent in Delkenheim, near Wiesbaden. The house was just a stone’s throw away from the golf course and I remembered various nice rounds I played there with some colleagues.

Main Taunus is a decent course, was never crowded, at least not when we played the sundowners on weekdays. The club definitely benefits from the ideal location between Frankfurt and Wiesbaden and features a great restaurant as well. We were told that on weekends the halfway house is a mandatory stop for all golfers.

Sundowner at Golf Club Main-Taunus

Since I joined a club after my return to Germany there’s only little reason not to play my home course or an affiliated club. Reason 1) could be to see more of the local courses that I haven’t been to or 2) play with some mates after work.

And no 2 is exactly what we did for the second time in this season. We left the office a bit earlier, headed direction Wiesbaden and played a sundowner at Golf Club Main-Taunus. That’s 40 EUR for a start later than 5.30pm and off you go, trying to finish 18 holes with the last bit of daylight.

The first time we did that couple of weeks ago, we were accompanied by a member who added valued information about the course and the course management (and he even paid for the drinks afterwards). This time however we played as a three-some, two colleagues and myself. As this was only the second time we played the course and we couldn’t even finish the round last time, there were some holes completely new to us, whereas others we sort of remembered how to play best.

The weather on Wednesday was great, still sunshine till late but not too warm to get stressed. We played along very nicely, sure we had some mishits but overall this was a very relaxing and enjoyable round of golf – and such a good reason to leave the office early. We really should do this more often!

Good thing in this club you don’t need a tee time. You turn up, pay the greenfee, place your ball in a spiral and once it’s your turn, you go off and have some good time.

The course was in great shape and the architecture is very interesting. Not overly crazy but the good old parkland-style that you would think of. The course was designed by Bernhard von Limburger, in his days the most known and influential German designer. He’s responsible for famous courses such as Club zur Vahr Garlstedt, Stuttgart Solitude, Hubbelrath Düsseldorf, Feldafing and many more. There is water coming into play on numerous holes whereas the fairways are generally pretty wide, bunkering is fair too.

There would be much more to say about the course, the most important however is, that I really like it and I even might consider it as one of the best I played here in the region.

Overall we had a very pleasant evening and shot the obligatory selfie for the other colleagues on the 11th hole (right after I lost a ball in the water in front of the green). We managed to get the 18 holes finished when it was getting too dark to play, sat down for some beers and enjoyed the day – a proper Wednesday.

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Seek shelter from thunderstorms

Last week I planned to play a nice little after-work round with a new colleague. Luckily he’s keen on playing golf as well so we managed to get to a course I haven’t played before not far from our office, paid EUR 40 for a sundowner at 5.30pm and off we went.

The weather was good, not too warm and not too cold, t-shirt and long trousers. We enjoyed being out there, playing golf having left the office a bit earlier than normal. But after some nice holes at Golf Club Main-Taunus in Wiesbaden-Delkenheim we realised that we probably wouldn’t make it to the 18th as we saw some dark clouds gathering.

5 minutes later it got darker and darker, another 5 minutes later the wind was picking up just before we heard thunder in the distance. We just finished the 12th and were at the most outbound point of the course, when we decided that it would be safer to end the round immediately and quickly head back to the club house. A wise decision as we saw lightning flashing over the course again and again. Seconds after we returned to the club, heavy rain arrived and wouldn’t stop for hours!

Getting wet is one thing, but suffer from a lightning stroke is another. Always remember you are walking in nature, most probably surrounded by huge trees, you have some clubs with metal shafts in you hand which quite frankly would do the rest… I remember an incident not long ago and not far from here in which 3 golfers died on a golf course because they took the wrong decisions.

Always play save! You only got one life after all!