Ball Showcase: Golfclub Worpswede, in the light of recent events

I displayed these two balls already in 2012 but thought I post them today, just because I played Worpswede again after many years and became somewhat emotional about it.

I had much fun there as a youngster, and truly enjoyed being back after such a long time.

One ball features the standard club logo, the other one I bought in 1999 when the club had its 25th anniversary, being founded in 1974.

The logo of the club shows a typical regional peat barge which was common in this Teufelsmoor area in the 17th and 18th century.

A nostalgic day at Golfclub Worpswede

Over Easter I traveled up north with my little family to visit the parents. It’s a 5 hour ride by car on the German Autobahn and definitely not stress-free with a two-year old toddler in the back seat.

gcworpswedeAs we planned to stay almost a week, I packed my golf clubs and thought it would be a good idea to hit a course in the Bremen area. Usually when I see my parents I play Club zur Vahr, Garlstedt course, one of the best courses in the country, or Bremer Schweiz, where I have been a member for a while, too.

This time I thought it would be worthwhile to go back in time and visit Worpswede, the course where I joined as an 18-year old and learned the game from scratch. Back then I became member, together with three friends who all have given up the game since.

Here is where I had my lessons, my first tournaments, my first trophies and so many golf-related memories. It’s a super laid-back club and the course used to be quite interesting. It’s not famous nor outstanding but having seen it again with all my golf experiences so far, it’s pretty underrated I have to say.

So I went shortly after Easter this year to play a round and to walk in my own old footsteps again. And boy, was that an overwhelming round of golf. It all came back to me, once I sat a foot on the property. Holes were coming back to memory, shots were rewound in my head and even the smell of the turf I seemed to recognize.

The course is situated quite remotely in the north-east of Bremen, North Germany. You find absolute silence and very little obstructions to the eye or anything else. Meaning, if you play badly here, there’s only one person to blame…

The day turned out to be optimal for my return. Blue skies and 20°C, no wind and just bird sounds to hear. I used to be a member here for a decade, then dropped out when I started to work after university and for some reason neglected the place for 12 years.

It was about time to come back!

I have to say I played quite poorly that day. It was my first round of golf in 2019 and my range practice sessions that I had earlier in the year appeared to be quite useless unfortunately. It still was an amazing experience and I enjoyed every single hole, most notably:

  • 3: A par-3 which I rarely reached back in the time.
  • 4: Dogleg left with a tree in the middle of the fairway.
  • 5: Drivable par-4 from an elevated tee box, the signature hole.
  • 7: Where I had my first ever birdie. Yay!
  • 10: One of the few water hazards (sorry, “penalty areas carrying water”)
  • 15: I hated this hole as a youngster: Forced carry, out of bounds to the left, water to the right and straight down, the green tucked to the far left behind trees and water. Impossible to score. This week I walked off with a par. Astonished.
  • 16: Beautiful short par-3 over water. Birdie chance.
  • 17: Great approach shot over another water pond. Picture perfect.

This concluded my remembrance round in my first golf club. I had a drink on the terrace, posted the first Instagram picture of my day and then drove off, just like I did for over 10 years—12 years ago.

See you soon, Worpswede. Good to have you.

Ball Showcase: Golfclub Worpswede

Ahhh, memories…! I bought these balls long time ago at my first golf club where I started and learned the game and started to appreciated it. It was the time when I turned 18 and was allowed to drive a car with which I could get to the course, that is a bit remote to be honest. Together with 3 friends I’ve been to an open day at Golf Club Worpswede (outside of Bremen, Germany) and after a short introduction by the club pro we all immediately signed contracts. That was in 1997.

It was very cheap these days to play golf as a junior. We started to take lessons, had much fun and after a while my 3 friends lost the excitement and quit. And here I am! Just me who continued and never lost the thrill, tension and sheer pleasure of the game. And I’m proud of that… and laugh over my mates because they failed to enjoy the best sport in the world!

I was a member for at least 10 years… wow, time flies by!