A golf course to which you’ll want to return
Be thrilled and amazed: Playing a round of golf on the Hofgut Georgenthal course is a true pleasure, whetting your appetite for more. Few other courses instantly leave you with such a strong desire to play another round, to experience the course again, and master it. You’ll surely want to return.
The 18-hole championship course is 5,700 metres long, has three par-5s, ten par-4s and five par-3s. There are nine ponds, 60 bunkers and highly undulating terrain with as much as 35 metres difference in height per hole.
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02.08.2018: Gudrun Kuhn, Hole 6
07.10.2018: Mona Werner, Hole 8
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Opening your game defensively with the first hole is recommended. Tee your shot to the left on the fairway. From there, more experienced players attack the green; everyone else will try to place a shot to the right of the green. Bogey is a good score for most players.
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Leave your driver in your bag. Don’t tee off further than 180 metres, as otherwise you may fall prey to one of the dangerous ditches. Be precise with your approach shot as the green is next to a pond. You may well manage to stay on par here.
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On the other side of the road the toughest hole awaits you, with the greatest height difference – 35 metres uphill! Try to drive your tee shot onto the right half of the fairway. Your second and third shots need to go further than you might think. But you’ll be rewarded once you’ve holed the ball with a breath-taking view out over the Georgenthal valley. My tip: Two minutes’ rest on the bench behind the green.
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PThe pros call holes like this a “risk-and-reward hole”. So go for it! Good players will reach the green with a strong drive, over the bunkers on the left; novices will tend to opt for the right of the fairway. Birdie for the pros, par for the amateurs are possible.
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From the highest point on the course (450 metres) it’s a spectacular route toward the pin. The green seems to float in the countryside. Not dissimilar to the feel of an infinity pool at a holiday hotel. Pluck up your courage and tee-off hard! The distance looks shorter than it is.
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This par-3 is a pure delight for any player. From above you play toward the green, which is guarded by a stone wall and a pond. There are two options open to you here: Take a risk and go for the pin or play an approach shot to the left. Caution: The green undulates significantly, so the putt is going to put you to the test.
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The reeds around the tee may be a bit unnerving, but if you drive for somewhere to the right of the bunker you’ll be safe. And the second shot, uphill now, also looks tougher than it is. The bunkers on the left are much further away from the green than you might think. A birdie beckons the pros, par for everyone else on a good day.
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Best to approach the widest green on the course from the left, and then your ball will automatically bounce toward the pin. But beware: This par-3 calls for precise control of length and distance, as the woods lurk to the left and there’s quite a slope behind the green.
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After Holes 1 and 2, this is now your third time over the Limes. Best to aim your drive toward the right-hand bunker as the course dips left. Only the best try to reach the green, surrounded by small ponds, with their second shot. Otherwise go for an approach shot to the left, and then a flat chip to the green. Halfway!
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DCross the Hofgut to get to the tee for Hole 10, which doglegs to the right. The inside term for this is a “bite-off” design. If you are audacious enough and can drive it long, then aim over the bunkers on the right and bite yourself a shortcut. Anyone only needing a short pitch for their second shot stands a good chance of birdying.
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This par-3 culminates in a green well protected by three strategically positioned bunkers. And the green slopes off to the rear right, so it’s best to aim for the front left. Two putts and your next par is in the bag.
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This long and narrow par-5 past the oak forest on the right calls for a precise and straight drive, as otherwise you may find yourself in the bunkers, the rough, or the woods. And there’s a pond protecting the green, so “Safety first!” Most will be happy to putt for a bogey.
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For many golfers this is their favourite hole on the course: a short, steep par-3 with a view of the Hofgut and the holes on the other side of the valley. Given the difference in height, the hole plays far shorter than it already is, meaning precise shots are called for.
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Tee-off at the apple orchard, slightly uphill. The course slopes slightly rightwards so it’s best to always aim left. And that includes your pitch onto the green, as there’s a tough bunker ready to gobble up your ball on the right.
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Precision is what it’s all about on this short par-3, as not only is there a romantic lookout spot behind the green, but also the edge of the course. So better to stay short than to really whack the ball. Then par should be easy as apple pie.
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You’re getting close to finishing now, on the back leg toward the Hofgut. There’s not a single bunker on this course, but it’s not plain sailing. Two ditches cut across the fairway, calling for strategy to finish without losing a ball.
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There aren’t many bunkers at this hole. It’s a straight fairway slightly uphill. The best thing is to drive for the left of the fairway, because it is best to approach the green from the left. Two putts and you’ve gone par.
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The last one. Drive hard down the right of the fairway, as the bunkers are further off than you might think – about 240 metres to be precise. And pitch for the green from the right, too, to avoid the water. The green is the longest on the course and really tough. So par would be a superb result, and a bogey is pretty good, too.
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Christian Althaus – the man for something special
The Düsseldorf golf course architect is considered one of the newcomers in the scene. With the place on the farm estate Georgenthal he handed over his masterpiece.
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