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Old 12.09.2011, 23:51
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Golf Course Recommendations?

I'm moving to Freienwil in the next 2-3 weeks and looking for a golf club to join (I'm used to Luxembourg prices so hopefully not going to be too put off by fees).

I would prefer to join a club rather than the Migros system. I play off 13 and have a Luxembourg golf license so hopefully I shouldn't have too many problems.

My preference would be for an 18 hole course over a 9 hole course ... anybody got any recommendations?

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Re: Golf Course Recommendations?

the migros ones are actually the nicest ones in my opinion...prices are about the same as Luxumbourg. a greenfee for example is 90-150chf for a regular course. (look out for deals after or before a certain time of the day). and yes your card will be accepted

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Old 13.09.2011, 09:21
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Re: Golf Course Recommendations?

I would be interested in golf too! Where should I look for information on the deals and special rates, if any are available? Haven't been able to find any with google..
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Old 13.09.2011, 11:56
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Re: Golf Course Recommendations?

I found this site which looks pretty useful. Reason I'm asking for recommendations is that some courses can be very bland and have no character so looking for peoples opinions of courses around me
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Old 13.09.2011, 17:04
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Re: Golf Course Recommendations?

I played Hittnau-Zurich course today. Green fee was 120CHF. Asked is they could put me with other players but that didn't happen. Course was in nice condition despite some sanding work being done. It's a hilly course, about 210 meters up and 210 meters down according to my Endomondo. Playing the course first time and single meant hitting every third tee/fairway shot sort of blind and it's not the kind of golf I like the most.
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Old 13.09.2011, 20:52
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I'm moving to Freienwil in the next 2-3 weeks and looking for a golf club to join (I'm used to Luxembourg prices so hopefully not going to be too put off by fees).

I would prefer to join a club rather than the Migros system. I play off 13 and have a Luxembourg golf license so hopefully I shouldn't have too many problems.

My preference would be for an 18 hole course over a 9 hole course ... anybody got any recommendations?

cheers

Mark
Hi Mark, I can personally recommend Golfpark Otelfingen (25 minutes from you - playing tomorrow Wednesday, I'll let you know the condition) and Golfpark Moossee (Münchenbuchsee area) probably about 1 hour 15 mins. They're both Migros courses and probably the nicest (without being too exclusive) and nearest 'open' courses to you. Greenfees - CHF 80.-- during the week and CHF 100.-- at the weekend. Always check availability because of the tournaments (getting fewer by the week).

Happy golfing and all the best.
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Hi Mark, Otelfingen was in good condition with tight fairways and small greens. It was playing quite long due to the weather, which made club selection fun when hitting into the well-guarded greens.

Could be worth a look, but it's no woodland course.

Good luck with the move.
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Re: Golf Course Recommendations?

I took two visiting golfers to Zurich golf and country club and it was a really good experience. It is an 18 hole course and a good golfing challenge. The fees were quite steep at 150 but the course really was in great condition with super fast greens. The only slight drawback was Sepp Blatter turning up with a large party and taking over the place but we luckily managed to avoid his circus. The secretary is a friendly english guy and he was able to get us on two days running despite the fact that there were comps going on. The terrace restaurant was also really nice so all in all expensive but great value
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Re: Golf Course Recommendations?

One of the better golf courses in the Zürich area which is still affordable is Rheinblick. It is actually just across the border in Germany so at the moment the Euro membership price is quite good. You will be 45 minute drive away at most.

Definitely a better course than the Migros ones, and the best I have played within 1 hour of Zurich (I have not played in Breitenloo and Schonenberg though, but those are in a different price range...).
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I took two visiting golfers to Zurich golf and country club and it was a really good experience. It is an 18 hole course and a good golfing challenge. The fees were quite steep at 150 but the course really was in great condition with super fast greens. The only slight drawback was Sepp Blatter turning up with a large party and taking over the place but we luckily managed to avoid his circus. The secretary is a friendly english guy and he was able to get us on two days running despite the fact that there were comps going on. The terrace restaurant was also really nice so all in all expensive but great value
Wow, glad you had a good experience there. I played there a few years back with some guests and it also went well.

I've heard from locals that it can get snobby and that they don't take too kindly to visitors, and that one must speak English in the clubhouse which I think is a bit ott.

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Re: Golf Course Recommendations?

Any idea how one would go about getting an official handicap card ? I used to play in club competitions in France and had a handicap of 28, but was never given an official card.

A couple of years ago I wrote to the French golf federation asking them if they could give me a handicap card, but all they sent was a letter confirming that my handicap is officially 28. Which of course I can no longer find...

Are Swiss golf courses (such as the Migros ones, nothing high-end) going to accept my word, or will they insist on something official? Any comments from others regarding how much evidence of handicap they require?
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Old 16.09.2011, 16:11
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did you not get the license card from the fgf? you should have paid an annual fee and got a little credit card thingy that has your handicap on there?

sure you can get one through here as well

http://www.ffgolf.org/index.aspx?news=14560
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Old 16.09.2011, 16:15
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Thanks monkeynut, I will try to get it through the FFG site. I left France 13 years ago, probably before the credit-card format handicap cards were introduced.

I have played a few times since then (in France, never in Switzerland) but have never been asked for proof of handicap.
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Are Swiss golf courses (such as the Migros ones, nothing high-end) going to accept my word, or will they insist on something official? Any comments from others regarding how much evidence of handicap they require?

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Some will take your word if they need the green fee or are not busy but most Swiss golf clubs will require proof of handicap from a association that they recognize. I have heard of people getting an online membership from a club that is far away and being rejected at golf courses.
Certain courses in Switzerland, such as the private ones around Zurich (Breitenloo, Schönenberg, Zumikon) will require a Handicap of 24 or less for green fee players and only let them play Monday - Friday unless accompanied by a member, then they can play on weekends as well. Most of them have higher green fees for Migros and ASG-I card holders.
With a valid handicap record from a recognized association, you can get your card at Migros or ASG-I both of which are members in ASG (Swiss Golf Association)

If you don't want membership in a club you might want to look into the ASG-I. www.asgi.ch
A good source of information is also swissgolfnetwork.ch you can click on the course and get all the relevant information.

Most of the clubs that have a T next to them are more public as you can book tee times online.
Private Clubs like Breitenloo don't have tee times for members. I don't know how they handle visitors but I know there aren't many

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