Lübeck-Travemünder Golf-Klub

100 years Lübeck-Travemünder Golf-Klub from 1921 e.V.
In 1921, three years after the end of World War 1, the game of golf in Schleswig-Holstein was not really popular.
Only at Kitzeberg nearby Kiel there existed the first Golf Club in the province of Schleswig-Holstein who was founded already in 1902.
The nearby city of Hamburg was there better off and in this regard example for Lübeck with her beautiful daughter Travemünde.
On September 6, 1921, met a 9-member honorable Gentlemen Round, of which 5 are of Hamburg origin to establish the Lübeck-Travemünder Golf-Klub (LTGK).
It was not surprising that Hamburg was just godfather of this new foundation, but the Baltic Sea resort of Travemünde had excellent traffic connections to become destination for many summer visitors from the Hanseatic city.
First President of LTGK was Senator Friedrich Ewers.

Travemünde flourished, the racecourse on the Priwall became fully operational again.
The Lübeck-Travemünder Racing Club was already launched in 1881 by Hamburg citizens.
The founder of LTGK had therefore once chosen the Racecourse as terrain for the game of golf.
Courageously they went to work, the required 11,000 marks were provided by a donation of one club friend.
1922 Hans Bessner from Bad Kissingen has been set as a golf instructor and groundkeeper.
6 holes were created using modest resources.
But a flat racecourse is not necessarily suitable for golfing.

The venture which had begun so hopefully, was overtaken by the economic crisis, all too quickly – on 5 March 1923, it was decided to keep the club as such, however, to stop the playing activities.
A revival of golf in Travemünde was born again in 1926.
Together with the Hanseatic city of Lübeck, the farmer Bassow and the respected English golf course architect John Morrison emerged under the then starting presidency of Cai-Detlef von Rumohr 1928 located at Brodtener shore, directly above the Baltic Sea, the first "real" golf course in Travemünde – 18 holes which, however, were created very wide-ranging and partially were beyond the former railway line to Niendorf.

  • LTGK – Golf Course 1927
  • President Cai-Detlef von Rumohr
  • Golf Magazine 1931

A substantial improvement in the golf playing situation was in 1930 under the direction of active coach Robert Murray achieved.
The Hanseatic city of Lübeck presented the club further grounds available, so soon on eleven connected holes could be played.
Out of that in the years 1933/34 an 18-hole course has been developed.
Hailed as "the only 18-hole seaside course in Germany" with an unobstructed view over the sea, golf was played here until about 1941/42.
From 4 April 1941 "time circumstances", the golf course was leased for a period of 2 years to farmers for the use of grass.
Therefore, during this time golf playing had to be stopped.
After "triumphant" end of the war should stand up normal times for golfers again.
It turned out differently. 1945 the British occupying power was delighted, to be able to practice its favorite sport in Travemünde, but only on 12 holes.

1949, the new start under German management.
Oscar Traun became president and Robert Odenthal (formerly GC Feldafing) could act both as a coach and course planner.
According to his ideas the existing area has been transformed into an up-to-date 9-hole course.
These holes were existing for 40 years!
In August 1972 the LTGK was one of the 8 golf clubs at that time in Schleswig-Holstein founding member of the "Golf Association of Schleswig-Holstein".

  • Oscar Traun – President 1949
  • Robert Odenthal – Golf coach 1949
  • LTGK Klubhaus 1933

The big turning point came in 1989. For a long time the Travemünde golfers wanted to play on 18 holes, but only now that aim could be achieved.
A foundation was established, and in May 1990 the first cut of the spade could be carried out for the long-awaited course expansion.
Course designer was Udo F. Barth.
The Golden Ball to the opening of the 18-hole course was hit by the President Dr. Manfred Biermann on May 23, 1992.

An unexpected (but desirable) boost of LTGK produces the desire to build additional 9 holes, thus to take into account all the requirements of a modern golf course.
Just 9 years later, on June 23, 2001 flew a Golden Ball on the occasion of another course expansion, hit by the President Peter Lehmensiek-Starke.
Wide fairways with always new views on the Baltic Sea, challenging holes, paired with a park-like environment are now determining the golf course.
The probably most spectacular driving range in Germany with a fantastic view on the Baltic Sea completes the picture.
Older greens were renovated and equipped with a modern environment.
For this superb successful expansion to now 27 holes architect Karl F. Grohs was responsible.

Simultaneously, the Managing Board of the LTGK engaged the Hamburg graphic artist Sigrid Steinbach to change the club logo slightly.
The founding in 1921 has been incorporated.
A successful development of the club logo and in a sense its own birthday gift for 80 years of existence of the Klub.

The PGA Golf School "Cockayne Golf" is at the disposal of the LTGK with their golf instructors incl. an ultramodern GASP video studio for swing analysis for professional lessons.

The LTGK also carries out in the last 25 years an exemplary youth work: Several first and second awards on province (Schleswig-Holstein) level and twice the national prize of the DGV for best and outstanding youth work speak for itself.
Approximately 120 young people are cared for at the Klub.
And of course the superb quality of the Klub restaurant is praised for over 30 years.

In the presidency of Dr. Thomas Schad the decision was made to build a new clubhouse.
On September 16, 2012 the members decided to build a modern clubhouse with a penthouse level.
Already on November 20, 2012, the demolition of the old clubhouse started, and on July 10, 2013, the topping-out ceremony was celebrated.
Official inauguration of the clubhouse was held on May 10, 2014.

Ingo Soll, LTGK-Chronist (1940-2019)