Germany is one of the most dog-friendly places in the world — unleashed, dogs stroll down the sidewalk in Munich, Cologne and Berlin. Their owners stay back without concern — not only do German dogs stay out of the street, but they’re smart enough to avoid the bicycle lanes too. We met Bertha and her dad, Dr. Thilo Senst on the putting green at the dog-friendly Kölner Golfclub where they’re members. Bertha, a large Great Swiss Mountain Dog was so happy to be on the golf course, she had a smile from ear to ear. Golf has been good to Dr. Senst and Bertha, they’ve played dog golf tournaments, which yielded free dog food for six months. We ended up two groups behind Bertha and it was funny to watch her pace decline as Dr. Senst came down the stretch. Once the leader of the group — Bertha was a few steps behind, she was exhausted, but still smiling. A good walk spoiled? Not for Bertha, she loved it out there.
Kölner Golfclub is one of the best golf courses we saw in Germany. Imagine a large Tom Fazio green with several slopes, mounds and dips — this is the entire golf course. Approach shots are a lot of fun to play, the greens have a cove-like feel and are surrounded by large mounds. The fescue putting surfaces are without a doubt the best we saw in Germany, and this golf course is still a baby, it opened in 2014.
The conditions are quality and the layout is proper, but this is what we like most about Kölner Golfclub — it has a different feel from any club you will ever visit. The golf experience in Germany starts at the reception desk, which feels more like a hotel than a country club. There is a pro shop with equipment, but it’s a separate space. Players enter the clubhouse, they checkin at reception on the left, the pro shop is to the right and they exit near the show-kitchen and restaurant. The modern clubhouse has one large entrance and one large exit — one way in and one way out. There isn’t any oak or brass; there is however plenty of polished steel, stone and glass.
Kölner Golfclub has an illuminated jogging trail that residents in the area use throughout the day and night. There are 45 holes of golf; the par 72 Championship Course, a par 63 Links Course and a nine-hole short game course. Dave Pelz would give the practice facilities his blessing and they turn on the heater at the range when temps get close to 0 °C. In fact, Kölner Golfclub is actually a resort because they have 34 rooms, which were completed in 2015.
Kölner Golfclub is a unique German golf experience — that’s why we love it — that’s why we travel. And of course, after the round, Reissdorf and Gaffel on draft await, prost.
Stay and play packages for two guests start at around 300€/$350 per night and include perks such as dining.
Visit: Kölner Golfclub Website