Best public golf course you're not playing: Hamburger Golf Club

Germany's finest

Why you're not playing it: Germany isn't exactly the Myrtle Beach of Europe

When most people plan a European golf trip, Scotland, Ireland and England top the list. Germany? Not so much. Hamburger GC is a semi-private club located about 10 miles east of—you guessed it—Hamburg. Guests can play Monday-Friday for 80 Euros (about $90 U.S.) but need to be accompanied by a member on weekends.


Why you should play it: No. 1 for a reason

Hamburger was the top-ranked course in Germany by Golf Digest in 2014, above even Golfclub München Eichenried, where the European Tour BMW Championship is being played this week. Although it's relatively short (6,298 yards), Hamburger, the one-time German Open host, features a mix of doglegs and elevation changes to keep things challenging.


How you can play it: Take a Beatles tour then play a round

Before The Beatles became world famous, they were local heroes in Hamburg, playing various night clubs from 1960-62. Take a tour of their former venues in St. Pauli and Reeperbahn clubs before playing a round at Hamburger.