Our second familiarisation trip of the year saw us invited to a country I had not only not played golf in but also not visited for about 16 years.
Performance 54 invited us to fly out and see “The largest Golf Resort” in Europe. I thought I would have bound to have been there, but alas, I hadn’t.
Destination: The heart of Bavaria, Germany.
The venue named “The Quellness Resort” located in Bad Griesbach.
Before we set off, our host Rhys Thomas of Performance 54 had issued us with a full itinerary, this was certainly going to be a full on 4 days of getting to know the area and the golf it has to offer.
Being based in the Midlands I knew that Lufhansa flew out of Birmingham, so was delighted to find return flights to Munich that suited the 4 day trip. Bad Griesbach is situated 100km east of Munich and at present takes about 90 minutes to transfer, however a new Autobahn opening later this year will make the journey at least 25 minutes quicker. The journey from the airport is all part of the experience as you wind through stunning towns and villages en route.
For our stay we were put up in the 5 star Maximilian Hotel on site. A stunning Bavarian style hotel, which has plenty to offer. The rooms were large and comfortable. The reception area was stunning (see below pic). There was a large golf shop in the hotel along with a great bar and restaurant.
The resort itself mainly attracts German, Swiss and Italian visitors as it is relatively unknown to the British market, hence our trip there.
There are 2 more hotels to choose from on site, rated as 4 star, but all three are a very good standard and you wouldn’t be disappointed staying at any of them. Apart from the golf, which I will talk about later, the resort is known for their Spa’s. Each hotel has its own spa facility, using thermal waters for its pools and Saunas and steam rooms a plenty. One tip though is the saunas are mixed and “freitextile” meaning nude only.
We managed to play 81 golf holes in two and a half days so we could experience the golf courses attached to this fabulous resort. We were not disappointed. The golf venues are all known as Estates. We visited them all.
Day 1 saw us visit and play both the Brunnwies and Uttlau Estates. These were situated just 5km from our hotel and we were transferred by Gert from golfausflug in his modern 16 seater coach. Both venues didn’t disappoint. The two 18 hole golf courses are set in beautiful countryside giving you breath-taking views from nearly every hole you play. Being April the snow capped Alps made the perfect backdrop. Both courses required you to think more about your tee shot than many course we have played which made for a very interesting 36 holes that day. The two clubhouses at both Estates are stunning. Both very traditional with the Uttlau Estate being a meticulously renovated four sided building (over 400 years old) to create a beautiful courtyard. You do have the option to stay on site at both of these Estates as between them they have 60 beautiful rooms with sauna facilities and great restaurants.
Day 2 saw his head just 4km to the Penning Estate, which is the location for the two golf courses that have to be the jewel in the areas crown. Aptly named the Beckanbauer and Porsche courses these didn’t disappoint. The Beckanbauer hosted the European tour in 2015 and 2016 and is very much a championship course. The Porsche course was my personal favourite of the two, but we did only manage 11 holes in the morning, as the weather wasn’t kind for a couple of hours. The greens here are bent grass making them as good as anywhere we have played. These are 2 must play courses here. Again you can actually stay on site as there are 46 rooms and 4 cottages (sleep 6), a heated outdoor pool and of course a sauna. There is a super Bavarian style restaurant with terrace and beer garden too.
Day 3 we headed to Europe’s biggest practice facility called the Golfodrom, which is something to behold. It’s a 360 degree driving range with 109 covered bays all hitting to the centre of the outfield. There is a 72 hole putting green and short game area, three 9 hole short courses, the biggest indoor putting green I have ever seen plus much more. This would be an awesome facility for a golf coaching trip.
Did we enjoy our Bavarian golfing experience, yes we most certainly did. It offers something completely different in Europe to any other resort we have visited. It’s a traditional area of Germany, with wonderful golf course and great choices for accommodation. If its nightlife you are looking for to enhance your trip this is possibly not the place for you. There are a few bars and pubs and beers a plenty, along with a modern nightclub in one hotel open on a Saturday that attracts locals as well as guests, but you don’t have the choices like in some resorts in Spain and Portugal.
In summary, this is a resort very much worth visiting. The facilities are excellent. This would appeal to groups of male, female and couples. This would also be a great venue for golf professionals to take a coaching trip. You have the combination of great golf course, great accommodation options, first class spa facilities and restaurant choices all in a traditional Bavarian atmosphere.
If you are interested in this untapped resort get in touch and we can put a package together for you and see for yourself how wonderful an area it is.