German Golf Association

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German Golf Association
Logo of the German Golf Association
Founded May 26, 1907
Place of foundation Hamburg
president Claus M. Kobold
societies 852
Members 642.240
Association headquarters Wiesbaden

The German Golf Association e. V. ( DGV ) is the umbrella organization for all golf clubs and golf course operators in Germany. It is a member of the German Olympic Sports Confederation and is based in Wiesbaden . With around 640,000 golfers and 850 golf courses (as of January 2019), the DGV is one of the 10 largest associations in German sport. After the English association, the DGV is the second largest European golf association. Claus M. Kobold, who replaced Hans Joachim Nothelfer, has been president since April 2015.


First association championship in 1907 in Wentorf , from left to right. Mr. Hinckley (winner), Mrs. Twiss (winner), Alice Knoop (runner-up), Mr. McMaster (runner-up)

The oldest German golf club is the Wiesbadener Golf Club, which was founded in 1893.

The DGV was founded on May 26, 1907 on a golf day in Hamburg by the following golf clubs:

  • Golf Club Baden-Baden
  • Golf and Land Club Berlin-Wannsee
  • Homburger Golf Club (Bad Homburg)
  • Club zur Vahr (Bremen)
  • Hamburger Golf Club (later Falkenstein)
  • Golf Club Kitzeberg (Kiel)
  • Gaschwitz Golf Club (Leipzig)
  • Wentorf-Reinbeker Golf Club

In 1945 the DGV was dissolved by the Allies and re-established on October 18, 1949 in Bad Ems for western Germany. In 1990 it was expanded to include the eastern state golf associations.


The DGV is divided into 12 state golf associations:

  • Bavarian Golf Association V.
  • Golf Association Berlin-Brandenburg e. V.
  • Baden-Württemberg Golf Association V.
  • Hamburger Golf-Verband e. V.
  • Hessian Golf Association V.
  • Golf Association Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e. V.
  • Golf Association Lower Saxony / Bremen e. V.
  • Golf Association North Rhine-Westphalia e. V.
  • Golf Association Rhineland-Palatinate / Saarland e. V.
  • State Golf Association Saxony-Anhalt e. V.
  • Golf Association Saxony and Thuringia e. V.
  • Golf Association Schleswig-Holstein e. V.

Social commitment of golfers

Golf in Germany has become a platform for social engagement over the past 38 years. For example, since the beginning of “Europe's largest charity golf tournament series” in 1982 up to and including 2019, golfers in Germany have donated around 8.2 million euros to the German Cancer Aid and the German Children's Cancer Aid to fight cancer. After the 115th nationwide benefit tournament with 7,000 participants in Eckernförde , a total of 290,000 euros were handed over to cancer aid, including a 25,000 euro donation from the general sponsor DekaBank. As early as 2017, a special donation from DekaBank as the traditional sponsor of the tournament series raised over 300,000 euros. The chairman of the Krebshilfe board, Gerd Nettekoven, once again paid tribute to: Germany's golfers were among the reliable supporters of cancer aid in order to realize important projects.

Promotion of competitive sport

Since 2013, competitive and junior players have been promoted in the Golf Team Germany , consisting of three pillars, the Elite Team Germany ( Martin Kaymer , Marcel Siem , Sandra Gal , Caroline Masson ) as well as the National Team Germany and the Junior Team Germany .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Inventory survey 2019. (PDF) German Olympic Sports Confederation, accessed on May 11, 2020 .
  2. ^ DGV Presidium of April 17, 2015, accessed on April 17, 2015
  3. ^ Golf since 1893 - History of the Wiesbadener Golf Club eV
  4. , accessed on October 24, 2019
  5. [1] accessed on October 24, 2019
  6. Team Germany