In de Bargen 59,
nr Blankenese, Hamburg D-22587
18 holes. Tree-lined heathland. Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Original design at this location by Harry Colt of English design firm Colt, Alison & Morrison (1928). Revamped in 1960s by Germany's most renowned golf course architect, Dr Bernhard Limburger (known as "Limmy").
4 km NW of Blankenese / 15 km W of Hamburg.
Hamburger Golf-Club - Falkenstein is home to a classic and very traditional golf course, which many would argue is among the top three "heathland" courses in continental Europe, together with Morfontaine outside Paris, and Utrecht "De Pan" in the Netherlands. Typically it is rated the No.1 layout in Germany, and deservedly so.
Falkenstein is located on the edge of a large area of natural woodland, just a kilometre from the banks of the River Elbe. This revered tree-lined heathland course, laid out in two nine-hole loops, contains a wealth of wonderfully crafted, memorable and challenging holes. There's plenty of heather on show here, bordering the predominantly tree-lined fairways, with Scots pine also much in evidence. The abundance of heather ("heide" in German), provides edging for several of the bunkers, while also creating one or two longish carries from the tee.
The mix of doglegging and straightaway holes attractively lace their way through quiet woodland avenues, inexorably heading to well-bunkered and subtly sloping greens. There's a few blind drives in the mix, and many holes play down from elevated tees and back up to elevated greens. Falkenstein is a truly great course that wouldn't be remotely out of place sitting alongside the very best of England's Surrey-Berkshire heathland elite.
Pick of the holes: the opening par-4 1st is an excellent scene-setter for what's to come. Played from an elevated tee, the hole gently sweeps right-to-left past fairway bunkers, and then to a large elevated green. The par-5 17th also gently doglegs right-to-left; a good drive provides the chance to cross a wide expanse of heather with your second shot, as you journey downhill to the green.
Visitors welcome on weekdays; only with a member at weekends.
Must book in advance. Proof of handicap required. Maximum handicap: 36 men & women.
Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].
Soft spikes preferred. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Hamburger Golf-Club - Falkenstein has hosted numerous top level tournaments including several German Open Championships (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Falkenstein). This is where a 24-year-old Bernhard Langer won his first German Open Championship in 1981, becoming the first German to do so since the founding of the tournament in 1911. Langer went on to win a total of five German Opens, the fourth oldest national open championship in Europe behind the British (1860), French (1906) and Belgian (1910).
Germany's No.1 course (Golf World, 2022).
Continental Europe's 10th best course (Golf World, 2023).
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