Golf Valley has set
high goals for the future to become a host of one of the most important junior
tournaments in Europe. From the 28th – 31st of August juniors from all around the world will have the chance to participate and play
at one of the finest and most challenging golf courses in Germany and be the
first in history to tee of at "THE GERMAN FUTURES”.
Mrs. Evelyn Weichselgartner, CEO of Golf Valley, has
made great efforts together with her team and partners to setup the foundation
of hosting a Global Junior Golf major event with the highest standards for the
participants. The German Futures wants to have an important role alongside a
junior golfers career and will be offering an immaculate concept during the
tournament week. Spectators, parents and partners will have the chance to look
behind the scenes at the "open house days”.
The following aspects and seminars will be offered:
about College Golf (Golf Placement Services)
and Family day
Show partners will be presenting their latest products
Fitting with latest products
The German Futures will be a 54 hole strokeplay event
on the "State of the Art” 27 hole championship golf course, designed by start architect
David Krause from Canada. Players will receive immediate JuniorGolfScoreboard,
EGR and DGV Junior Ranking points. Players will not only encounter one of the longest
golf courses in Europe, they will find a fantastic balance between undulated
greens, long tee shots, Island greens and walking down the Fairway with a
Stadium Course experience.
Golf Valley is definitely the place to be in South
Germany, Bavaria and has many worthwhile reasons besides the golf to plan a
trip this upcoming summer. It is an idyll situated between Munich, the Alps and
the Tegernsee Lake. Urban Life vs. breathtaking nature!
Global Junior Golf proudly introduces the people behind
the scenes and invite Mrs. Evelyn Weichselgartner as well as the tournament
director Mr. Danny Wilde to share the preview of "The German Futures”.
GJG: Mrs. Weichselgartner, in a bit more than 5 months
and you will be welcoming over one hundred players at Golf Valley. What does
Golf Valley stand for and why do you believe the German Futures will be an
exceptional experience? EW: We at Golf Valley were always interested in the
"spirit of the game”. Golf as a sport is important to us and we are always
supporting ambitioned players. Even if we are still a young club (7 years) we
are very proud to see three Golf Valley teams in the second Bundesliga. In
addition we have two young players, Sarina Schmidt and Felix Krammer, who are
part of the German National Team. Our ambitious course at Golf Valley was built
for high-class tournaments and will be in this way an exceptional experience for
all young players. Playing and withstanding the challenging course will be an
instructive and benefiting preparation for the future career of the young
GJG: Please be so kind to introduce Golf Valley and
your State of the Art golf course. EW: The course was designed by a well-known Canadian architect
David Krause and has a unique and very special design for central European golf
courses. We call it "Alpen Links” – a symbiosis between a typical and
challenging links course character and a outstanding view of the Alps. On top Golf
Valley offers huge lakes, extensive waste areas and wide undulated greens and
fairways. Golf Valley is located in the beautiful region between the booming
Bavarian capital Munich and the idyllic holiday area of the Tegernsee and
Schliersee area in front of the imposing Alps. Moreover we are still one of the
longest tournament golf courses worldwide – if not the longest one (par 72). Once
you played Golf Valley, you will be convinced and impressed by the high
standards of the golf course and its aspiration.
GJG: What amenities will the players encounter and
what logistical services will you provide? EW: Our main goal is to support the players in the
best possible way to make them feel home and to give them the chance to play
their best golf. We are offering a full service with our partners and sponsors.
Apart from accommodation and shuttle service we are setting up an amazing and
unique venue for the players and the spectators.
GJG: Mr. Wilde, you have been working in the past
years with top juniors and watched very closely how juniors grow up in golf and
as well what it takes to become a top athlete. Why do you think is it important
to get a "Tour Life” experience at a young age and how will the German Futures
contribute to their career? DaWi: In my opinion, to become a professional sports
athlete you have to challenge yourself in ambitious competitions. Therefore,
experiences in several day tournaments are important to gain social skills and
develop personality in tour-like events.
GJG: If we are not mistaken, you will be offering the
first time ever in Germany a separate international U14 age category. As the
name "The German Futures” already outlines what importance the future of a
junior golfer has, what plans does Golf Valley have for junior golf and what
will you give a junior alongside his career? EW: Our aim is to support young talents in golf sport
in general. We are proud to be one of the clubs with the youngest age average
of its members and see this as our responsibility to keep on supporting young
golfers. The outstanding success with our two young German National Team
players validates our efforts. In this way hosting the German Futures is a
logical step for our goals.
DaWi: The infrastructure at Golf Valley is made for
young and talented players in a dual manner: competition and fun. Our academy is especially supporting young and
talented golfers and we are very proud at Golf Valley to host the first
international youth tournament with 4 age categories (14, 16, 18, 21) in
Germany. Our goal at Golf Valley is to establish to be home for upcoming tour players,
successful coaches and share the passion for Golf sport with them.
GJG: What is the most important thing for you in
tournament golf? DaWi: In my opinion every challenging tournament is
the best form of training and needs three main aspects: Fun, Passion and Focus.
GJG: What do you love most about the Golf Valley
facility? DaWi: hard to say as nearly everything is kind of
perfect here. If I have to point out something, I would vote for the nine huge
pitching and putting greens that are absolutely outstanding. In addition I love
the amazing green speed.
GJG: A rocket start from the very beginning, what will
be the things juniors enjoy most playing on Golf Valley or which challenges
does the golf course bring? DaWi: In fact our huge practicing area and the course
itself at Golf Valley offers all the different aspects of a perfect playing
preparation and a challenging tournament.
GJG: Why have you chosen to be part of GJG family? EW: As I outlined before, the promotion of the youth
is very important to us and GJG offers the perfect platform for our goals.
DaWi: The long-term experience of the GJG family in well-organized
worldwide youth tournaments. In addition the event will be a memorable
experience for the young players. Parts of our staff played and enjoyed the
GJG: Please share your favorite golf holes? EW: I prefer our water holes. They are the most
challenging ones where the green are often not only surrounded by water but
also by huge bunkers.
DaWi: Play the 17th @ Sawgrass at Golf Valley! Our signature
hole offers the experience every PGA Tour player from Tiger Woods to Sergio
Garcia experiences every year at The Players Championship. A solid iron shot is
essential to find a green surrounded by water and protected by two green side
bunkers. Fortune favors the brave being the motto on C7! A good swing is
required to find the Centre of the green. Play one of the longest and challenging Par 5's in
Europe at Golf Valleys hole number B6, a true 3 shot Par 5 requiring three well
thought out shots from length of the tee to managing your layup shot either
over the water guarding the approach or leaving yourself a challenging approach
over a well-protected
green both from water front and green side bunkers right. One of the best Par
5's you'll play anywhere! Play a Par on Golf Valleys C9 and it almost feels like
a birdie! A great Par 4 which plays normally into the prevailing wind. A good
Tee shot is required to set yourself up for a second shot which requires a well
struck iron/fairway wood to a well-protected green which is guarded by water front and green
side bunkers. Par here is a well earned result.
GJG: Which Club will win? The driver, wedge or putter? EW: For me it is the putter. On your huge and fast
greens you will definitely need a very good feeling with our putter.
DaWi: We are very proud that you need to be good with
any club in order to succeed. To win, you need to be good at them all.
GJG: Speed of greens, is what players most love about
on the golf course. Any previews already? DaWi: Our Greenkeeper is crazy when it comes to
quality of the greens. In practice rounds I would expect 10-11 Feet and we can
push them up to 13-14 feet.
GJG: Which Bavarian expression should any
international know? EW: Dirndl and Lederhosen which is the traditional
dress the people are proudly wearing in Bavaria.
DaWi: "Servus” or "Gruess Gott” is like a friendly
"Hello” and should be said to everybody in the beginning.
GJG: The whole area around Tegernsee Lake and Munich
has multiple amenities to offer. What do the juniors need to see? EW: The impressive mountain front of the Alps. There
are many, many beautiful hiking and mountain biking spots where you get to see
a stunning view of the mountains and the lakes.
DaWi: I do not know where to start as the area offers
a broad range of sightseeing opportunities like e.g. hiking in the Alps and visiting
GJG: What will be the winning scores for girls and
boys? DaWi: That will depend on weather conditions because
on windy days the course can be a beast.
GJG: Why do you think it is important to start playing
golf and what role model should a golfer have? DaWi: I would not say it is important, I would rather
say starting and playing golf is big fun and develops not only coordinative and
movement skill but also mental skills Thank you for your passion in golf and the efforts you
make to promote junior golf.
Let´s all "make the future count now” and we are
looking forward to see you in Bavaria this upcoming summer! The Global Junior
Golf family is growing. For more information about the tournament please visit
here and start your registration today: http://www.globaljuniorgolf.com/The-German-Futures.html