Golfers Delight: September 2005

Monday, September 26, 2005

Courses I've played

Inspired by Golfchick I decided to write down the list of courses I played. Some of them I depicted already here, so please follow the links if you wish.

Here we go:

Berlin-Brandenburg:
Märkischer Golfclub Potsdam: 18 hole course
Märkischer Golfclub Potsdam: 9 hole course
Golfpark Schloss Wilkendorf: West Course
Golfanlagen Gross Kienitz: Robert Baker Course
Golfanlagen Gross Kienitz: Sunset Course
Golfanlage Kallin: 18 hole course
Golfanlage Kallin: 9 hole course
Golfclub Stolper Heide: West Course
Golfclub Stolper Heide: East Course
Golfplatz Prenden: 18 hole course
Golfplatz Prenden: 9 hole course
Golf Resort Berlin Pankow: Sepp Maier Course
Golf Resort Berlin Pankow: Short Course
G&CC Motzener See
G&CC Seddiner See: North Course

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern:
G&CC Fleesensee: Coca-Cola Course
G&CC Fleesensee: Tchibo Course
G&CC Fleesensee: Scandinavian Course
Golfresort Wittenbeck

Hamburg:
Golfclub Sülfeld
Treudelberg G&CC
Golfanlage Gut Wulfsmühle

Baden-Württemberg:
Golfclub Teck
Golfclub Kirchheim-Wendlingen

Nordrhein-Westfalen:
Golfclub Lippstadt
Golf Club Gut Mentzelsfelde

International:
AC Nuevo Portil Golf, Spain
Golf de Andratx, Spain
Parque da Floresta Golf Resort, Portugal
Castro Marim Golf Course, Portugal

Indoor Golf Facilities:
Capital Yard Golf Lounge, Berlin

Ugly Trophies revisited

We had it about ugly golf trophies before and now Plock Magazine (the most sensational golf magazine ever - but that's another topic) started a competition about the ugliest golf trophy. Here is a candidate for you:

Golf TV weekly, week 40

Unfortunately there is no coverage of the Presidents Cup this week (won by the US 18½-15½), also 'Spirit of Golf' on BBC isn't on the schedule this week.

Monday, 26. September
22.30 CNN: Living Golf

Wednesday, 28. September
21.15 Eurosport: US PGA Tour "Texas Open in San Antonio, TX (USA)"
22.15 Eurosport: European Tour "Seve Trophy in Billingham (ENG)"

Saturday, 1. October
17.30 n-tv Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv

Saturday, September 24, 2005

The early bird catches the worm

That's what we thought when we teed off at the GC Pankow this morning.
The dew was still on the meadows and we were the first ones on the course. I was joined by fellow golf blogger Lutz from Hubert-Cup - quasi a golf blind date as we had never met before in person.

This is him on the 15th green:

We played the 18 holes for the first time, and in this condition the course was a ball eater. Except for the greens, the grass was still very high, what you would consider semi-rough on a normal course was the fairway on this one. We started playing with coloured balls but eventually would lose them as well - on the fairway!!!
Funny sidenote: the golden ball played by Sepp Maier on the opening day still hasn't been found, as General Manager Gabriele Wagmüller told us - the greenkeepers are still looking for it. Sepp pulled his drive a little to the left and landed in the rough.


My ball balance was on the positive side: I lost four but found six others. Apart from that my round wasn't too good. Still the old problem off the tee and I made some poor fairway shots. My putting was good though, I noted my putts separately on my scorecard and I only three-putted once but single-putted four times, the rest being two-putts. And I won the ladies competition 3:1! ;-)

On nasty detail about the course were the water hazards behind the elevated greens. You weren't able to see them, your ball went over the green and there you found yourself in the pool.


Anyway, it was good fun and I got myself an invitation to play in the next Hubert-Cup. So Lutz, let's bring it on!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Funny little Japanese

I just returned from working one week in Dusseldorf. What I didn't know was the fact that Dusseldorf is one of the largest japanese communities in Europe. Japanese supermarkets, bakeries, sushi bars all over the place. And, of course, your japanese golf dealer.

Not an ordinary golf store, this one offered custom club making, sold vintage clubs and of course, was your official Honma dealer. Price tags we're written in japanese and english and the clubmaker was japanese as well.

But hey, after golf being so superexpensive in Japan, I can understand all expats to go crazy about playing golf over here. Konnichiwa!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Presidents Cup

From today on until sunday, the Presidents Cup will be played in the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Prince William County, Virginia, USA.

The Presidents Cup, which will be played for the sixth time in 2005, was developed to give the world's best non-European players an opportunity to compete in international team match-play competition.
A biennial event played in non-Ryder Cup years, the first Presidents Cup was played Sept. 16-18, 1994 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club.

The Presidents Cup competition consists of 34 matches -- 11 foursomes and 11 four-ball matches. There are 12 singles matches involving all players on the final Sunday. All matches are worth one point each, for a total of 34 points. There are playoffs for foursome, four-ball or singles matches all square after 18 holes, up until the point that The Presidents Cup has been decided. At that point, matches that have gone to extra holes, and are still being played, will be called a draw and each side will receive 1/2-point.

In 2003 at The Links at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate in George, South Africa, The Presidents Cup ended in a tie. After both teams ended regulation tied at 17 points, Ernie Els of the International Team and Tiger Woods of the United States were designated to represent their teams in a sudden-death playoff. After three playoff holes, and as darkness was descending, Captains Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus decided that the two teams would share the cup.

Find all the information on the PGA Tour website.

Tiger Woods will compete the Presidents Cup with a new caddie. His regular caddie Steve Williams will be in his home country New Zealand with his wife for the birth of their first baby. Carrying Tigers bag will be englishman Billy Foster, being only the third caddy for Tiger Woods in his professional career.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Golf TV weekly, week 39

Really not much coverage this week, even Eurosport moves back to after midnight broadcasting:

Monday, 19. September
22.30 CNN: Living Golf

Thursday, 22. September
00.30 Eurosport: European Tour "World Matchplay Championship in Wentworth (ENG)"

Saturday, 24. September
11.30 BBC World: Spirit of Golf "Adam Scott: The Player" (repeated at 18:30)

17.30 n-tv Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Opening Golf Resort Berlin Pankow

Today was not only election day but also the opening of the Golf Resort Berlin Pankow:
President Dr. Umhau gives the opening speech.

German soccer legend Sepp Maier plays the golden ball.

The Golf Resort Berlin Pankow is the third golf course within Berlin after Gatow and Wannsee. It features an 18 hole course - named after Sepp Maier - as well as an 9 hole short course. The layout of the courses isn't difficult, it's design makes it easy to play. Not many water hazards, all obstacles are clearly visible and there aren't many blind shots to play. What might be a task also for the ambitious golfer is the 593m par 5 seventh hole of the course. As a normal player you should settle with the thought to make the green with your third or fourth shot.

There still remains some work to be done on the premises, the club house and the other buildings need to be finished as well as the signs need to be put on the course. A positive thing are the low green fees. You'll play the 18 hole course for €30 weekdays as well as weekends, there is no range fee and your 60 min golf lesson with Pro Rudi Hielscher comes for an affordable €36. But the best thing is: it only takes me 15 minutes from my home to get there.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Say hello!

... to the newest member in the bag: a Cleveland Tour Action 900 Lob Wedge, 60°. Let's see how it plays tomorrow.

Visit your Pro

This week - since long - I went to see my Pro Tim Raisner at the Golfanlage Kallin for another lesson. We worked on my full swing, as my driving really was bad lately.

What I enjoy about the lessons with him - as well as with my first Pro Martin Westphal - is the fact that he has very good ability to take your swing apart and put it back together in a new (correct) way that you are able to understand right away. Good didactics and easy aides to memorize your improved swing make it really easy to practice on the range the next day or week and to reproduce your learnings. We always have a good conversation about the swing and the game, really enjoyable.
I have to go see my pro more often ;-)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

World Match Play at Wentworth

This year's HSBC World Match Play Championship will take place between 15-18th September 2005 at the Wentworth Club, Surrey, England.


The field will include 16 golfers, who will have qualified through the HSBC Major Championships Ranking, HSBC European Rankings and the European Order of Merit. Sadly, the world's top four - Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els as well as Sergio Garcia withdrew from the event. Luckily for Bernhard Langer, who stepped in as one of the replacements, he will face Luke Donald (seeded No. 3) in the first round. See the full schedule for the first day here, the leaderboard will be shown here.

Ernie Els had to stay away from the event due to a knee surgery, but he gives you his view of the Match Play in this interview for BBC.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Berliner Golf & Country Club Motzener See e.V.

Another tournament played yesterday, this was my first visit to the Berliner Golf & Country Club Motzener See e.V.. Located south of Berlin, the GC Motzen was hosting the Linde German Masters from 1994 to 1997. It features a 18 hole championship course, a short course was recently added.

Most of the time you will be playing up and downhill, only holes 12, 17 and 18 are flat out, but then these three are guarded by water. The par-3 12th hole is an island green, so a good ball placement is recommended (and yes, I lost two in the lake). On the long par-4 18th I also couldn't resist hitting my third shot over the water. Well, the 7 iron made it over the water, unfortunately I tried the 8 iron first. I also liked the downhill 9th, a short par 4 with a creek running through it.

Unfortunately, the holes 5 through 8 are pretty close to the adjacent autobahn, so you feel like playing on a motorway station when the wind carries the noise towards the golf course. Prenden's 18 hole course has the same problem, but the traffic isn't as heavy there, so it doesn't disturb as much.

At the end of the day I was able to shoot 35 stableford points despite my errant driving that almost drove me crazy yesterday. But then, suddenly and out of nowhere, I hammered a 200m 5 iron off the tee at the 15th hole. That was the higlight of the day, unfortunately the only one. But hey, that's the game!

P.S.: What do you know, there even is a song about Motzen

Golf TV weekly, week 38

Monday, 12. September
13.30 CNN: Living Golf (repeated at 22:30)

Wednesday, 14. September
21.00 Eurosport: US PGA Tour "Bell Canadian Open in Vancouver (CAN)"

22.00 Eurosport: European Tour "German Masters on Gut Lärchenhof in Cologne"

Saturday, 17. September
11.30 BBC World: Spirit of Golf "Grace Park: Model Golfer" (repeated at 18:30)

17.30 n-tv Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Cage Golf


(Solheim Cup photo courtesy of BBC SPORT)

Friday, September 09, 2005

62!


Looks like somebody had a good day today! Congratulations, Anthony!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Linde German Masters

Today the Linde German Masters get on their way. This will be the last event by that name, as Linde will no longer be the title sponsor as of next year.

The event is held at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof in Pulheim near Cologne and it features an exquisit starting fields with players such as Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington, Angel Cabrera, Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer, just to name a few.


Starting Times for round 1 and 2 to be found here, the leaderboard (live scoring) is provided via the European Tour website. An extensive TV coverage is available for Premiere customers, there will be a summary on Eurosport next week.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Golf Sumo?


(found here)

Dimensions and Distances

A friend of mine just started to play golf. He bought his first clubs a couple of weeks ago, took some lessons and is a frequently seen guest on the driving range. But grey is all theory, so we took him out to his first round on the golf course. Off we drove to Fleesensee to play the Coca-Cola Course, a short course that you can play without a players permit.

This was the course we always practised on three years ago, when we stayed in Fleesensee to make our "Platzreife". Back then all the holes seemed so long, we couldn't even think of how a par five would feel like. Now, I stood there and was thinking about a) driving the greens of the par fours and b) buying a lob wedge. Funny, how dimensions and distances shrink.
And it felt good to play almost all holes in par ;-).