Embedded in the gentle volcanic hills oft he Hegau region, right beneath the shores of Lake Constance in the South-West of Germany, lies Langenstein castle, which has been testified for the first time around 1100 b.c., finally being designed and expanded by the dukes of Reichenau in the year 1570. During the 19th century, the estate was passed over to a scottish-swedish feudal dynasty, and since then serves as the ancestral home of the Douglas family.
The wide-ranging fairways of the golf course (opened 1991) revolve around the castle, stretch upon the former sheep meadows and lead through spectacular, deep ice-age-rifts.
The course architecture was designed by the Canadian Rod Whitman, who built some of the most famous US golf courses in partnership with Pete Dye and Bill Core. When building the course, he planted 600 trrees, 500 fruit trees, 4.500 wild woody plants and 15.500 hedges and blossoming plants, who are now constituing a beautiful park landscape, which does not shy away from any comparison.
Whitmans goal was to evoke the golden age of classical golf course architecture in style and identity, deliberately renouncing exaggerated interventions into nature and the existing landscape. The golf course is fitting harmonically into the Langenstein surroundings, underlining it’s natural grace – while at the same time absolutely matching international standards in competitive, professional compettition golf.
This course is always named among the most beautiful, sophisticated and demanding golf courses of southern Germany – and a great backdrop for a round of hickory golf!