Rostock Golf Club, Neue Rennbahn. (1927 - WW2)

In 1927 the Rostocker Tennis- and Hockey-Club set up a golf section, which became a member of the German Golf Federation in 1929 only to leave the federation again in 1930.

On October 1st 1932 the “Rostocker Golf-Club, e.V.” was founded. Sixteen days later the 9-hole golf course designed by Major Fahrenholtz stretching over 2,626m was officially opened. The course was situated on the “Neue Rennbahn”, the horse racing course at Rostock, next to where there is the Rostock Zoo today.

Due to the lack of space the course initially had 9 tees, 8 fairways (holes 2 & 8 shared a fairway) and 5 Greens (holes 1&6, 2&8 and 5&7&9 were played onto the same green respectively. The club had 50 members and it can only be hoped they did not all play at the same time given the compact layout of the course. By 1935 the layout was lengthened to 2,761m (gentlemen) and 2,631m (ladies). 


Rostock Golf Club, Neue Rennbahn. Layout of the golf course.

Course layout showing its shared greens.


Rostock Golf Club, Neue Rennbahn. The clubhouse in 1932.

A picture of the clubhouse in 1932.


Rostock Golf Club, Neue Rennbahn. The clubhouse in 1939.

The clubhouse in 1939


Due to the reconstruction of the racecourse the golf course had to be shortened in about 1937. It then measured 5,100m (gentlemen) and 5,015m (ladies).

The course was certainly not of championship standard, but there were quite a few tournaments played which attracted players from both the continent and abroad. The “Herbstpokal” (autumn trophy) donated by Herzog Adolf Friedrich von Mecklenburg was a very popular event. Both the Queen Alexandrine of Denmark and the German Crown Princess Cäcilie were regularly golfing guests at Rostock Golf Course during the 1930s.

By 1940 the membership had drastically reduced, although the ladies were still active playing golf. At the end of WWII the course was closed down and used for grazing sheep. All attempts to re-open the course by Rostock golfers such as Carl Boldt and Friedrich Wilhelm Rahe, a 1913 doubles finalist at Wimbledon, failed due to political reasons.

C. Meister 05/2017.

The Google Map below pinpoints the location of the former golf course.