Rheinblick Golf Course set to meet current and future needs of U.S. Military Families

by Karl Weisel, Wiesbaden Family and MWR
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WIESBADEN, Germany - Newcomers to Wiesbaden will be happy to discover the Rheinblick Golf Course ranks among the best in military courses overseas.

With two new golf pros on staff and a new App, the course is also ready to meet the present and future needs of both beginning and more advanced players, according to Edward Galvan, Rheinblick's business manager.

"We're 21st Century Rheinblick," said Galvan, explaining that this year saw the hiring of two professional instructors -- during the Rheinblick's 60th anniversary. "Having two new golf pros on staff starting this year is really positive; we look forward to next year's programs to be enhanced. Plus, the club's mobile application can be used for live scoring, the electronic leaderboard and for players to find their way around the course using the GPS unit while playing golf."

"This course appeals to everyone. With four sets of golf tees, it's like having four golf courses out there," said Galvan. "It has a reputation of being in the best shape among courses."

It also provides a decent share of challenges for all golfers, said Jerry Beierschmitt, Rheinblick Golf Course superintendent. Set high over the Rhein River Valley in the forest above the town of Frauenstein -- just down the road from downtown Wiesbaden -- the Rheinblick Golf Course features breathtaking views, challenging greens and something for every taste.

"This is one of the prettiest golf courses that you'll find in Germany," said Jerry Beierschmitt, Rheinblick Golf Course superintendent.

"It's one of the best-kept secrets," he said, adding that while seasoned players may be familiar with the course, U.S. military newcomers may be unaware of all that Rheinblick has to offer.

Seasonal tournaments, lessons, high school championships, equipment rental, a Pro Shop and a menu-rich Golf Restaurant are all features.

Youths can launch a life-long appreciation of the sport by taking part in the PGA Sports Academy -- regular professional lessons held during the spring, summer and fall months. Adults are invited to learn the game with fellow newcomers to the sport in the Get Golf Ready program which offers a series of value-priced lessons starting at various times throughout the year.

Units, private organizations and other authorized patrons are invited to join together for special group outings at the Rheinblick Golf Course.

"It's a good place for that," said Galvan. "We have capabilities for conferences with video conferencing availability. Groups can start off by getting their business done and then migrating to the driving range or taking part in a clinic with a golf pro. It's a nice setting for that and tailor made for team-building."

"The beauty of military golf is that we're really here for the active duty service members and their families," said Galvan, adding that anyone eligible to use MWR facilities is welcome. "Regardless of skill level, we have everything you need to enjoy the game, including club rentals, instructors and a beautifully developed course. We're the experts in the sport and our efforts are built around the military community in Wiesbaden -- they're the reason we're here, and we invite service members and families to join us today."

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