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Oktoberfest and Golf – Ideas for a quick round between beer and roast chicken

16 September 2022
6 min. read
Markus Müller
On 17 September, after a two-year break, the biggest beer festival in the world is finally back: the Oktoberfest in Munich! There is a lot to catch up on, but where can visiting golfers enjoy a quick round of golf as a break from the hustle and bustle of the festival tents? Three suggestions for golf addicts for a nice (9-hole) round between the beer rush and within reach by public transport.
The Octoberfest in Munich atracts big international crowds of people (Photo: by Pexels from Pixabay)

Münchener Golf Club e.V. - Anlage Thalkirchen

The Münchener Golf Club e.V. is only 20 minutes from the main railway station (Photo: uploaded by Münchener Golf Club e.V. on Leadingcourses.com)

Players will feel like they are on another planet when they enter the Thalkirchen golf course after leaving the hustle and bustle of the city behind. From the main station (Hauptbahnhof), it's only 10 minutes by underground #2 and #3 to the Thalkirchen stop. This is followed by a 10 min walk through the parkland of Munich's south part of the city, between the streams and canals of the Isar. 

This green haven in the middle of the city is immensely calming and sets the mood for the 9-hole course over 2548 meters. The tight tree-lined holes require, hopefully without remaining alcohol in the blood, a very steady, straight game. The tees are not elevated but level, the greens are always in good condition despite the shade of the trees and the fairways roll very well. Few bunkers defend the small, partly hidden greens.

During the walk from tee 2 to 3 of this narrow, but easy-to-play course, you can see the canoeists and surfers on the Ländkanal next to the Isar river, which has to be crossed. This gives you an extended impression of Munich's outdoor leisure activities. 

After the round of (par) 5-4-4-3-4-3-4-4-4, you reach the small but attractive clubhouse with a good restaurant and a very well-maintained changing area. After a well-earned refreshment, you can dive back into the hustle and bustle of the Oktoberfest. The very friendly and helpful staff are used to and experienced with international visitors. Golf clubs can be hired easily for small groups of up to six players, larger groups should book in advance. With green fees starting at €43 / 9 holes, it's affordable on weekdays and well worth a visit.

A minor drawback: the practice facilities only allow you to drive into a net and the putting / chipping green is tiny, but kept in good condition. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars for relaxation
  • 2 out of 5 stars for the standard and possibilities
  • 5 out of 5 stars for the accessibility

Golfclub München-Riem e.V.

At Golfclub München-Riem e.V., 6 holes run inside the horse racing track, and 3 holes have been added to the north (Photo: uploaded by Münchener Golf Club e.V. on Leadingcourses.com)

Many people associate Munich - Riem with the horse race track, but just a few think of the golf course too. This 9-hole course, Par-35 over a solid 2651m (4/3/4/4/3/4/4/5) is quite forgiving and open with long holes. So 6 holes run within the race track, and 3 holes were added to the north. 

While the greens are rather weak, with some very prominent damage to the greens located in the shade, the fairway and tees are good and invite risky play. The tree lining does not always fit into the otherwise open terrain of the course, but it is an attempt to include planning as a strategic element. The golf course is designed to be beginner friendly but it can get very busy. 

The practice areas are very well designed (two-storey driving range), in very good condition and with a public short course, it offers non-golfers of the Oktoberfest party a chance to have a go. Rental clubs are available, but with clear signs of wear. The green fee offers differ but you can play a round for as little as €39. 

From Hauptbahnhof, take the #2 express train to the Riem stop. A 10-minute walk alongside the railway tracks and streets should not scare you away from the special ambience of the course. After the round, I recommend a visit to the restaurant, which is fully geared up for Oktoberfest and offers plenty of entertainment, good food and friendly service. The showers and changing rooms are modest, but sufficient even for small groups.

  • 3 out of 5 stars for relaxation
  • 3 out of 5 stars for the standard and possibilities
  • 4 out of 5 stars for the accessibility

GolfRange Munich-Germering

An aerial view of the golf course at the GolfRange Munich-Germering. (Photo: provided by GolfRange Munich-Germering)

The GolfRange München-Germering is no longer within Munich's city limits and can be reached with slightly more time. With the always running "airport" line S8 you go to the stop HARTHAUS and take the bus 859 or you go to the Germering stop and take bus line 157 - google calculates a travel time of approx. 42min. 

But in return, you do get more golf. The GolfRange not only has the largest and best-maintained practice area in the Munich area, it also offers 2 separate 9-hole courses that can be combined into an 18-hole round. With a green fee starting at €27 and rental clubs starting at €1/iron, players get the most "bang for their buck". The two loops of PAR 33 are pretty similar. However, the strikingly undulating fairways and challenging greens in combination with well-chosen tee shots require full concentration and are - without looking at the result - very beginner-friendly.

On this "linksy" design you rarely lose a ball and don't have to hold back on your drives. With 2327m (south) and 2186m (north), you are quickly done on this routing of 4-3-5-4-3-4-3-4-3 / 4-3-3-5-3-4-3-4-4, so the combination over 18 holes is also worthwhile. If you only have time for a quick round, I recommend the north loop, as it does not run along the motorway. This is the Achilles' heel of the course, but depending on the wind direction, it is hardly noticeable. 

Tee times should be reserved, the friendly staff will try their best to arrange the desired times and combinations. However, the lower number of visitors and the size of the complex are very good for those who want to play on short notice. Showers and changing rooms are basic and only suitable for 2 people. The average Mexican-style restaurant is perhaps a welcome change from the Oktoberfest - although the landlord also offers seasonal specials and will in any case be cheaper than the city centre. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars for relaxation
  • 4 out of 5 stars for the standard and possibilities
  • 3 out of 5 stars for the accessibility
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