Since establishing KrauseGolfDesign in 1992, the 51 year old golf course architect David Krause has designed many of the best golf courses in his adopted homeland of Germany.
The oldest German golf publication “GOLFmagazin” ranks nine of his designs among the top 50 in the country. During the recent golf fair “Hanse Golf” inHamburg, the “GOLFmagazin Awards” honored two courses as the cream of the crop – both courses which have strong ties with David Krause.
The award for the Best Golf Course in Germany(for the 5th consecutive time) went to the Hamburger Golf Club Falkenstein where Krause has been working as a consultant at the classic Harry S. Colt layout (opened in 1937) since 2000.
Together with his team he oversaw an intensive restoration project at this heathland course. With the help of aerial photography from the thirties and forties Krause developed a master plan to restore the grandeur of the course, and at the same time make it fit for the modern golf game.
Falkenstein has been ranked at the top of German golf courses by almost all polls and awards. However, the number two spot in the country went to a newcomer, the latest course designed by David Krause. The WINSTONLinks officially opened to the public on July 1, 2011 and even though it has only seen play for a short period of time, the course gained so many favorable reviews that it shot to the top.
The No. 2 ranking is shared by another German golf magazine “Golf Journal”. With acclaim by the two most important national golf magazines, the WINSTONLinks located nearSchwerincan comfortably boast to be the best modern course inGermany.
Krause’s masterpiece has been lauded by experts and players alike. With a second course on the WINSTONGolf property which underwent a partial redesign by Krause, the area has developed into a hotspot for golfers in the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. WINSTONGolf will also host the European Seniors Tour in September 2012.
Inspired by the classic links of theBritish Isles, the WINSTONLinks boasts towering dunes and cavernous hollows, flowing through a magnificent landscape. The course is visually stunning, yet playable for golfer of all abilities providing they choose the right set of tees. The WINSTONLinks was also named the best new course by “GOLFmagazin” in 2011.
After making a reputation as one of the leading golf course architects David Krause has also recently worked outside ofGermany. His layout at the National Golf Club inKlaipeda,Lithuania(opened in 2010) stands proudly as one of the best courses in the Baltic countries.
From 2009 through 2011 Krause served as the President of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects, a testament to Krause’s standing among his peers.