The Golf Club St Dionys was designed by Harald Gratenau and occupies an interesting parkland setting in Lower Saxony that resembles somewhat the Heathland of England with its flowering heather and tall strands of Pine trees. Add the gently undulating fairway areas and you have a nice setting for what should have been a pretty good German golf course.
Unfortunately Gratenau made some critical mistakes here, mostly in relation to the landing areas from the tee and by pinching fairways that bend through the trees too tightly. At times there are bunkers built on the inside of tightly bending dogleg holes, but the traps and stuck 10-20 metres from the turning trees making the hole hopeless narrow for those unable to blast over. At other times the bunkers are mere scrapes that golfers can putt out of, while more still are poorly sited and not longer really in play. It's a shame because there are some potentially decent holes here, such as the 2nd which would have been a terrific driving hole had the fairway not turned so sharply and so near to the tee.
On the positive side, the targets at St Dionys are quite good, the greenside bunkering is better than back in the fairways and the land has enough movement to keep the golfer interested. With a major overhaul by a respected and talented designer this could turn into a very fine golf course.