Golf is a centuries-old sport that originated in Scotland. There, unlike in this country, it is not considered an expensive elite sport but a popular leisure activity practiced by a large cross-section of the population.
Knickerbockers and diamond pattern
Like almost everywhere else, there are nostalgic golfers who practice the traditional sport in the style of earlier times. More precisely, as 100 years ago when sliding caps, knickerbockers and knee socks in a diamond pattern determined the dress code of golfers.
This traditional variant of golf is called hickory golf, derived from the name of the hickory tree, which provides the resistant wood for traditional golf clubs.
The main challenge of this type of golf is that the so-called sweet spot, i.e. the exact point with which the golf ball must be hit, is much smaller on hickory clubs than on more modern models. This is why hickory golf also requires more precision in hitting and, due to the elasticity of the wood, a smoother swing of the club. Professionals claim that with hickory golf you can improve your striking technique and become a better golfer.
The greener the better
Of course, it is not only a question of a stylish outfit and equipment that is true to the original. Also the golf course should not be out of the ordinary during nostalgic golfing. Therefore, hickory tournaments are also held with preference on particularly stylishly designed golf courses.
Thus, the German Hickory Championship 2011 took place for the third time in a row at the historic Golf-Club Bad Wildungen. The golf course was laid out in 1930 by the British golf course architect Major Charles Mackenzie and is one of the oldest in Hesse and all of Germany.
This year, the German Hickory Championship will be held at the Wentorf-Reinbeker Golf-Club near Hamburg, which with its old beech and oak trees is one of the most interesting and scenically beautiful golf courses in northern Germany.