Porsche European Open 2016 in Bad Griesbach: a great event at a great location

THE 19TH HOLE

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From the 22th to the 25th of September 2016, the Porsche European Open took place in Bad Griesbach. The organizers proved once again that they are capable of hosting a world class event. InspiredBySports was on-site in Bad Griesbach and enjoyed 4 days of world class golf in a world class golf resort.

More than 35.000 visitors attended this year’s Porsche European Open at Europe’s biggest golf resort, the Quellness Golf Resort Bad Griesbach, and watched international golf stars like Martin Kaymer, Ernie Els or Alexander Levy proving their skills. In the end – after a really thrilling finish – France’s Alexander Levy (-19) edged England’s Ross Fisher (-19) at the second hole of a tense play-off to secure the Porsche European Open title at Bad Griesbach in Germany, becoming the youngest Frenchman in history to claim three European Tour titles. Unfortunately, Marcel Siem, German pro golfer, finished the tournament on a 73 and ended up on rank 76.

Sweden’s Robert Karlsson and Michael Johnson finished third on a 16 under, followed by Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger on fifth place on 15 under par, while Germany’s golf superstar Martin Kaymer secured position 6 on 14 under par. While missing last year´s tournament he said in an interview that he was happy to be part of the tournament this year and immediately gave the course in Bad Griesbach a perfect 10.

On the last day of this 4-day championship in Bavaria, Germany, the sun was shining all day long, starting from the early morning. Unlike to the first three days of the tournament, where one had to delay the championship by several hours due to thick fog. This forced the officials to cut the tournament to 54 holes. Nevertheless, the conditions for the golf pros were perfect, which was also due to the excellent work of the greenkeepers.

 

After the tournament, Levy was overwhelmed by his feelings:  “It’s unbelievable. On the 18th putt I saw the line and I said to my caddy, ‘I’ve got it’. I felt good, I felt the speed and I putted it very quickly. It’s too good to have this feeling after two years of no wins, it’s very nice.” He also said that he worked very hard to achieve this goal: “It’s tough to say that it’s the best one [win]. I have a very nice feeling and I worked a lot the last few weeks to have this one. I was close last week but didn’t play good on Sunday and this week I managed to hold this trophy in my hands.” Levy also said that he had to be patient: “I didn’t play really good on the front nine. I was thinking about the score and not on my own game. I stayed patient and I started to play really good on the back nine.”

Next year, the Porsche European Open will take place already in summer, from the 28th to the 30th of July. Shifting the event to an earlier date, the organizers hope to attract even more international golf stars, as many of them will already be playing the British Open the week before. Also in respect of this year’s problems due to the heavy autumn- fog, this decision seems to be reasonable.

 

 

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YOUR EXPERT

Severin Sieber

STATEMENT

This year’s Porsche European Open was a magnificent event with a fantastic and international atmosphere. Being a club member of the Golf Resort Bad Griesbach, it is just amazing to see how international golf stars like Martin Kaymer, Alexander Levy or Ernie Els show their skills. I really hope that this event will take place in Bad Griesbach for many more years and attract even more golf enthusiasts than before.

JOURNEY

You can easily reach Bad Griesbach by train or by car. From Munich, you have to take the train to Karpfham station, which is about 3 hours away from Munich central station. If you travel by car (approximately 2 hours from Munich), take the motorway A3 until exit Vilshofen/Garham.

 

However, our InspiredBySports recommendation is: hire a Porsche sports car with Porsche Drive – this is probably the best option to visit Bad Griesbach.  Just visit Porsche Drive to discover where exactly you can hire your dream car!

 

InspiredBySports had the great opportunity to get the brand new Porsche Carrera 911 S during this year’s Porsche European Open in Bad Griesbach. Just click the gallery below to find the pictures of InspiredBySports enjoying the ride with this amazing car.

 

As the dates for the Porsche European Open are specified already, you can already book one of the brand new sports cars. Check out the Porsche Drive website to find out the prices.

ACCOMMODATION

Bad Griesbach offers plenty of opportunities to spend your vacation and get exactly the kind of accomodation you are looking for. The perfect place to stay during Porsche European Open is most definitely the Gutshof Penning. This lovely and small hotel is located next to the Porsche European Open golf course. Prices start from 99€ for 3 nights, including 4 greenfees (off season only).

 

If you want to spend your golf-holidays in Bad Griesbach with your children, the  **** s hotel Das Ludwig is probably the best choice. Hotel Fürstenhof, also a ****s hotel, offers the best leisure and wellness area: here you can enjoy 4.400 square meters of SPA.

 

But also if you prefer luxury hotels, Bad Griesbach has everything your heart desires: the *****-star hotel Maximilian offers you perfect services – including wellness, high class restaurants and shuttle buses to all nearby golf courses.

 

Of course, Bad Griesbach also offers opportunities for great low budget holidays: There is a camping site close by and you can always get a vacation apartment.

ALTERNATIVES

Bad Griesbach is not only Europe’s biggest golf resort, but this regions has also lots of other activities which this region to offer. Since the 1970s, Bad Griesbach has a world renowned curative thermal water: people from all over the world come to Bad Griesbach to enjoy the healing power of this water. The medicinal properties of the water strengthen your bones and joints and improves your health in general.

 

Apart from golf and SPA, another argument for a vacation in Bad Griesbach is the central location: in about two hours time from here, you can easily visit cultural highlights like Salzburg in Austria, Bavaria’s capital Munich or Budweis in Czech Republic.

 

If you are into sports, the surroundings of Bad Griesbach also offer further interesting sports activities: You can go hiking in the Bavarian Forest, which is very close by. Or you can discover the beautiful landscape of Lower Bavaria by bike, for example along the river Danube. Especially in the winter, the Austrian Alps are an Eldorado for all winter sports enthusiasts, where you can go skiing or snowboarding in one of the world’s biggest skiing areas, for example in Saalbach-Hinterglemm (about 2 hours from Bad Griesbach).

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