Rheinblick Golf Course offers world-class play for Germans and Americans

By Karl WeiselApril 1, 2024

Driving Range
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A patron works on his golf swing on the Rheinblick driving range. (Photo Credit: Karl Weisel) VIEW ORIGINAL
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4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Players of all skill levels are welcome to play at the Rheinblick Golf Course. Lessons are available from the course Golf Professional on site. (Photo Credit: Karl Weisel) VIEW ORIGINAL
Pro Shop
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WIESBADEN, Germany - Ranked among the best in Germany, the Rheinblick Golf Course offers a combination of challenging fairways, a beautiful setting, gourmet dining and a chance to enjoy German-American partnership.

“We have one of the prettiest golf courses in Germany,” said Acting Manager Gerald Beierschmitt. “It’s a real gem of a course.”

With a full schedule of tournaments, lessons, special holiday meals and more, it takes a dedicated crew to ensure quality operations.

“We have a staff of 28 – a third of whom are the maintenance staff, a third operating the Pro Shop and another third on outdoor operations (course marshals, golf carts, etc.),” said Beierschmitt. “These are all Americans including recent high school graduates, retired military veterans and civilian employees and spouses. We have a pretty good mix of people.”

Additionally, the Rheinblick Restaurant – better known as Cem Klein’s Restaurant and Bistro – offers gourmet dining, local cuisine and a picturesque view overlooking the course set against the Taunus Forest and the Rhein River.

“He (Cem) features a bistro menu during the day and fine dining in the evening,” said the course manager, adding, “On any major holiday he has a special menu.”

The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday.

While the Rheinblick just wrapped up its March Membership Drive with free golf throughout the month, players are invited to find out about the benefits of a membership throughout the year.

“We had better weather than normal for this time of year and were busier than usual,” said Beierschmitt, explaining that a membership provides unlimited golf opportunities, a coupon book full of discounts (including on restaurant meals and guest green fees) and access to other German golf courses.

“Our course is unique,” he said, in that Rheinblick is a joint use course for U.S. and host nation players.

Golfing in Wiesbaden dates back to 1893 when the Wiesbadener Golf Club was founded. The U.S. military used that course after World War II. A new course was constructed by the U.S. military in 1957. In 1977 German players were admitted and a co-located German club called "Rhein-Main" was established, according to the Top 100 Golf Courses website.

Besides allowing U.S. patrons to rub shoulders with fellow host nation golfers, “from the German side, they love the American style,” said Beierschmitt. “It really appeals to them and gives the American players exposure to the German culture.”

Even if you’ve never swung a golf club, Rheinblick offers an ideal entryway to the game and to the nearby countryside. Consider parking at the Rheinblick Golf Course, stopping for a meal and hiking or biking up into the surrounding forest.

Throughout the season, patrons young and old can take advantage of the Youth Golf Academy and Spice Up Your Golf professionally guided lessons.

“I would recommend if you are a beginner to get even just one lesson from Derek Hammett, the course professional instructor,” Beierschmitt said. Improving stance, posture and alignment are critical parts of becoming adept. “The proper swing won’t work without the proper fundamentals. … It’s important to get someone to show you the basics.”

After learning the basics, Beierschmitt said the next step is start out on the putting green and the driving range. “Putting is the most fun and the easiest. And it’s half the game, when you’re talking about scoring,” he said.

After gaining a little know-how and confidence, players are invited to take part in a range of scramble events, tournaments and championships.

“Our Friday Night Scrambles are very well received,” Beierschmitt said, adding that a visit to the Rheinblick Golf Course program page -- https://wiesbaden.armymwr.com/programs/rheinblick-golf-course -- provides a wealth of information about lessons, competitive events and the season guide.

Units and organizations are invited to contact the Pro Shop to arrange for specially priced tournament packages for military units and approved private organizations.

One of the most popular seasonal events is the Rheinblick Open – this year on Aug. 3-4. “It’s always a great mixture of Germans and Americans. People come from the United States, the Netherlands and England to compete,” he said, often catching up with old friends.

Anyone interested in more information or in setting up a tee time can call the Pro Shop at civ (0611) 143-548-5485. “It always makes sense to call in advance,” the course manager said, adding that a new online reservation system is expected to be introduced this summer.

The Rheinblick also features state-of-the-art conference and meeting spaces. Call civ (0611) 143-548-5482 or DSN 548-5482 to schedule and plan your event or party.