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Germany's Greatest Golf Courses

July 18, 2013

In September of last year, Martin Kaymer (Germany's greatest golfer after the legendary Bernhard Langer) sank a putt on the18th hole on the final day of the Ryder Cup, ensuring Europe retained the title and securing his own place in the record books. Former world number one, Kaymer has recently slipped down the rankings and currently resides at number 35 but this downturn in form hasn't changed the impact he has had on German golf.

For many years the German golfing world has languished in the shadows. Inaccessible and elitist, (something Kaymer himself recognizes) it has often suffered a poor press but with the exposure generated by Kaymer and his success, has come the recognition that the German landscape holds some truly remarkable golf courses.

So, with German golfing set to become more popular over the coming years, now is the perfect time to pack up the clubs and head out to some truly spectacular courses. Here we take a look at the top 'fore' throughout Germany.

Hamburger Falkenstein

This genteel oasis was lucky enough to witness Bernhard Langer win the National Open back in 1981. As a glorious, natural course, the undulating heathland is perfect for golf with the wooded backdrop providing a feeling of isolation and privacy.

Sporting Club Berlin

With a massive 63 holes, including a course designed by the legendary Nick Faldo, this masterpiece is designed with the series golfer in mind. With bold bunkers and sharply cut grass, the handicaps reach as high as 24 and its well thought-out design is certain to challenge even the most experienced golfer.

Budersand Sylt

Sitting on the Frisian Islands that lie between Denmark and Germany, this former military base contains 18 holes surrounded by natural sand dunes. The first hole sets the tone for the rest with a spectacular view across the course. Voted best new German course in 2009, it is easy to see why many consider it one of the best in Europe.

Seddiner See

Founded in 1994 and situated just 30 minutes from Berlin, this scenic and challenging course benefits from its easy access by car. Containing two huge lakes and dotted with deep bunkers, only the most patient and accurate golfers will succeed here.

This 'top fore' constitutes just a fraction of the 650 courses available to play in Germany. Whether you choose to land in Berlin or Baden-Wurttemberg your best bet for a relaxed and hassle free tour is to hire a car at the airport. Shuttle your clubs (and competitors) to any number of fantastic fairways easily and with true German efficiency. With the benefits of low cost car hire from Sixt , you will not only be able to explore the multitude of courses available but also witness the stunning German landscape, taking in everything from the Alps to the Black Forest as you travel. No matter if you are an amateur or a pro, a trip like this will surely enhance your experience in the sport.

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