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Adam Lawrence

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GC Norderney, Germany
« on: September 25, 2017, 10:14:08 AM »
Just to prove that there are still interesting courses that we've never heard of.


I found this photo, in Golf Illustrated from June 1930, and thought it looked quite remarkable. And the course still exists -- nine holes in what appear to be perfect sand dunes on the German island of Norderney.





http://www.gc-norderney.de
Adam Lawrence

Editor, Golf Course Architecture
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Author, 'More Enduring Than Brass: a biography of Harry Colt' (forthcoming).

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Angela Moser

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Re: GC Norderney, Germany
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2017, 12:32:04 PM »
Adam,


I'm happy you found some notes on this course. It's only 3 months ago that Tom D and me went there and played the remaining 9 holes. The adjacent land is amazing and there were more holes sometime before they were lost. The club was thinking of extending the course again, but the people of Norderney voted against it. The holes are pretty cool. I would call it a true links... not too many who should call themselves links in Germany.
It's worth the pain to get there.

Eric Smith

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Re: GC Norderney, Germany
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2017, 12:33:06 PM »
Wow, would you look at that!











Nice find, Adam.

Tom_Doak

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Re: GC Norderney, Germany
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2017, 11:38:12 PM »
Adam:  I had not seen the photos you posted, but I had heard the name somewhere and checked it out on Google Earth, and that was enough for me to insist on going out of the way to see it on my German tour this summer.


Norderney is like Germany's answer to Nantucket ... a summer destination for certain families for 3-4 generations.  It's a beautiful spot.  The shaping work does not do justice to the natural contour, but there is a very good variety of green sites and greens, and it's a quite challenging little nine holes.

Thomas Dai

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Re: GC Norderney, Germany
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2017, 03:30:19 PM »

Duncan Cheslett

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Re: GC Norderney, Germany
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2017, 03:43:25 PM »
I feel for you Adam.


You think that you've unearthed an unknown gem, only to discover that it is included in True Links and that Tom Doak has played it!


Keep searching...   ☺

Sean_A

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Re: GC Norderney, Germany
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2017, 05:28:54 AM »
From the few pix it reminds me heaps of Rye's Joob Course. 


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Adam Lawrence

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Re: GC Norderney, Germany
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2017, 05:50:15 AM »
Duncan -- not at all. Happy that there are people who know the course and can tell us about it. And it was my friend Christoph Meister, Germany's leading golf historian, who recommended it for True Links.
Adam Lawrence

Editor, Golf Course Architecture
www.golfcoursearchitecture.net

Principal, Oxford Golf Consulting
www.oxfordgolfconsulting.com

Author, 'More Enduring Than Brass: a biography of Harry Colt' (forthcoming).

Short words are best, and the old words, when short, are the best of all.

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