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15th GERMAN-RAINBOW-OPEN

The annual international German Gay/Lesbian (LGBTI) GOLF Championships. On (3rd), 4th + 5th (6th) October 2019 – at the A-ROSA Resort Scharmuetzelsee

Statements to the German Rainbow Open:

Idea of the tournament

It was the spring of 2005 …

There were five of us and we had a common vision: We wanted to create our own international golf tournament for lesbians and gays.

 

With high sporting standards, played over two days on an 18-hole championship course. Above all, however, the fun and communication within the LGBTI community should be in the foreground. For example, mixed flights, also in terms of playing level, were a natural part of the plan.

 

In the same year we were able to turn our vision into reality – and have been doing so every autumn ever since. Today the German Rainbow Open is a firmly established tournament in European gay and lesbian golf (LGBTI).

After 14 years being at the same location we’ve decided to move the tournament to a new home.

We’re looking forward to host the GRO at the A-ROSA Resort Scharmuetzelsee and it’s three internationally renowned golf courses going forward.

 

According to our philosophy we want to introduce as many still inexperienced lesbians and gays interested in golf as possible to this wonderful sport. A professional golf introductory course is therefore always part of the German Rainbow Open. And we promise: Our LGBTI Community Golf Tournament is also suitable for players with little tournament experience.

 

Be there! We look forward to seeing you, all of you.

 

May the swing be with you…

Program

New in 2019

Event-Home

We’ll host the 15th edition of the German Rainbow Open the first time at the A-ROSA Resort Scharmützelsee which is located south-east of Berlin. On both tournament days we’ll play the three courses named Arnold Palmer, Nick Faldo and Stan Eby after their designers. Information on every course can be obtained by clicking the following link.

 

With both, the A-ROSA Resort Scharmuetzelsee and the close-by a-ja hotel Bad Saarow we’ve been able to negotiated attractive room rates (see more under hotel recommendations).

 

We do not offer any packages inclusive of hotel nights. You will have to book the stay directly with the hotels mentioned or with any other accommodation outside of the resort.

Accreditation, Get Together:

The accreditation, opening speech and ceremony will take place at the clubhouse and it’s restaurant „Greenside“ on Thursday.

Hotel-Nights at the A-Rosa and A-ja:

For all of our event participants we’ve negotiated special rates* with both resort hotels. You’ll need to book the nights directly with one of the two hotels by using the keyword “German Rainbow Open”.

 

The special rates are valid for nights from September 29th to October 7th. Those will be available for bookings for all participants until August 5th, 2019. For bookings made after August 5th the respective applicable daily rates will be applied by the respective hotels.

*see hotel recommendations

Early-bird discount

The early-bird discount applies to all tournament packages if booked and paid in full by no later than May 31, 2019.

Practice rounds (optional), special rates

If you’re up for practice rounds you can benefit from special rates we’ve negotiated with the resort for all participants. Those will be available from September 30th to October 3rd, 2019.

 

Stan EBY course:

50 EUR (Hcp. groups C and D will play this course during the tournament)

 

Arnold PALMER:

60 EUR (Hcp. groups A, B, C and D will play this course during the tournament)

 

FALDO Course Berlin:

70 EUR (Hcp. groups A and B will play this course during the tournament).

 

Please ensure to book your tee-time(s) timely by calling the golf staff: +49 33631 – 63 300 or online (button)

 

Payment system during all event days:

 
Participants staying at the A-ROSA Resort will be able to either pay for consumed food and drinks/beverages cash or to have it charged to their respective room. We do not aim for offering food/etc. vouchers for doing payments (as in prior years). If you won’t stay at the resort you’ll need to pay for your expenses cash or by credit card with the service staff.

Thursday October 3rd, 2019

 

Accreditation / Get Together / Event-opening ceremony

 

Accreditation: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the entry hall of the golf clubhouse.

 

Get-Together at the clubhouse and its restaurant “Greenside”:
In casual atmosphere with food offerings (reduced menu, to be paid individually) everyone will have the opportunity to get together with other participants. At around 8pm the welcome-speech and the official opening of the 15th German Rainbow Open will be held.

 

We aim to publish the starting lists for the first tournament day (Friday) at around 9pm at the black-board of the club house.

Friday, October 4th 2019

 

Tournament day 1 of the 15th GRO | golf introductory course |  buffet at the “Green salon”, A-ROSA restaurant

 

From 8am:
Tournament-check-in and option for late arrivals to register until 8:30am (please provide upfront info if you can register earliest by Friday) at the reception desk with the golf clubhouse.

 

On day one we’ll play the first 18 holes in foursome groups (ideally mixed genders)

 

10am:

Shot gun/starting times (depending on total number of participants) on both courses:

 

Groups A/B:

Nick Faldo course

 

Groups C/D:

Arnold Palmer course

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In parallel to the first tournament day:

10am to approx. 3.30am: Golf-introductory course, including lunch break at the golf club house.

Meeting time/point 10am at the golf reception desk in the club house.

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From around 3pm:

Get Together (optional) in the golf club house (at the 18th green of the Arnold Palmer course). After the first tournament round participants will have the opportunity to meet within the Greenside-restaurant.

 

7pm:

Common dinner at the A-ROSA hotel. We’ll meet in the “green salon” and will enjoy food from the hotel buffet offered. With a tombola and a “small” award ceremony around the special prices and the trial course we’ll round up the evening.

 

Around 10pm (optional): 

Conclusion of the evening in the A-ROSA hotel-bar lounge.

Saturday October 5th, 2019

 

Tournament day 2 of the 15th GRO | Playersnite: festive buffet, award ceremony, party at the A-ROSA Forum

 

The winners of the 15th German-Rainbow-Open will be determined on Saturday October 5th, 2019:

Players will be grouped into threesomes and will start based on the stroke play results (A+B), respectively net-results (C+D) of the previous day.

Groups A/B:

Arnold Palmer course: tee box 10 from 9:30am, tee box 1 from 10:00am

 

Groups C/D:

Stan Eby course: 09.15am (starting from tee box 1 and tee box 10)

 

 

From around 3pm:

Optional Get Together in the club house (18th green of the Arnold Palmer course).

 

6.30pm:

Gala-evening opened by a champagne reception at the „A-ROSA Forum“ (next to the driving range).

 

Around 7pm:

Players Night including gala-buffet, award ceremony (winners 1-3 within all handicap groups for female and male), Pink-Jacket award to the overall stroke-play winners male and female.

 

Around 9:30pm to 12:30am

Dance party at the A-ROSA Forum

Sunday October 6th, 2019

 

Charity Tournament |  Fare Well Buffet

 

You’re still up for some golf with us and also want to support the good cause by holing out? Cool, so please sign up for our charity event on Sunday morning.

 

10am:

We’ll meet at the bar lounge in the A-ROSA Resort

 

11am:

Arnold-Palmer course, tee box 10 – 9-hole charity fun-competition (pick your preferred golf partner, type of play will be announced short term).

 

Around 2pm:

Farewell buffet including award ceremony at the restaurant „Greenside“ in the golf club house. Official closing of the 15th GRO.

Golf Introductory Course

Getting to know golf:

 

We are committed to introducing those interested in golf to the LGBT community. That is why we offer a golf introduction course with the help of the golfmanagement of A-ROSA Scharmuetzelsee.

Parallel to the first round of the tournament on Friday, Oct 4th 2019, non-golfers will have the chance to experience the fascination of golf in a golf introduction course lasting several hours under the professional guidance of a golf instructor. Rental clubs, balls, welcome drink and guided tour included.

The process:

10.00 – noon training
noon – 1 pm lunch break
1 pm – 2 pm practice
2 pm small tournament of the introduction course participants

On Saturday, Oct. 5th, graduates of the introduction course can rent clubs and use the practice facilities and the “Jack McEwan” short course for a fee. In case you are interested, please contact the golf reception.

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Please bring non-slip shoes to the introduction course!

 

Important notes:

Registration for the introductory course (package “GRO TRY) automatically includes participation in the evening events at the “Green Salon” of the A-ROSA Resort on October 4th and at the A-ROSA Forum on October 5th.

We regret that in case less than 6 people will register for the introductory course, it won’t take place. In that case registrations for the introductory course (package “GRO TRY”) will be automatically transferred to the package “GRO FUN”. The guests affected will be informed by the organizing team and the difference between the packages “TRY” and “Fun” will be reimbursed via bank transfer.

Enrollment fee, packages & booking

The packages listed below do not include any hotel nights. The hotel stay needs to be booked separately by you.

We do recommend the A-ROSA Resort (that’s where the get together on Oct 3rd as well as the evening events on the 4th and 5th will happen) and the close-by a-ja hotel. With both hotels we were able to negotiate special rates for our participants (check tab hotel recommendations).

The respective early-bird special for tournament packages will be available until May 31st, 2019 latest. Every registration done will be binding. Unfortunately we will not be able to refund any enrollment fees after the booking has been completed.

Pack A / GRO PRO

2 days GRO tournament, 2 evening events inl. buffet, 1 Charity tournament incl. fare well buffet

 

early bird special

for payments received by May 31, 2019:

 

395

regular price

for payments received from June 1, 2019:

 

445

Included Services:

Thursday, 3-Oct-2019:
Acceditation, tee off gimmick,

welcome speech

 

Friday, 4-Oct-2019:
18 holes tournament, snack

dinner at “Grüner Salon” (A-ROSA restaurant)

small award ceremony (special prizes)

tombola

 

Saturday, 5-Oct-2019:

18 holes tournament, snack

cocktails & dinner / evening event at “A-ROSA Forum”

award ceremony / Pink Jacket Award

dancing party

 

Sunday, 6-Oct-2019:

9 holes charity tournament

Farewell-Buffet

Pack B / GRO PUR

2 days GRO tournament, 2 evening events incl. buffet

 

early bird special
for payments received by
 May 31, 2019:

 

295

regular price
for payments received
from June 1, 2019:

 

345

Included Services

Thursday, 3-Oct-2019:
Acceditation, tee off gimmick,

welcome speech

 

Friday, 4-Oct-2019:
18 holes tournament, snack

dinner at “Grüner Salon” (A-ROSA restaurant)

small award ceremony (special prizes)

tombola

 

Saturday, 5-Oct-2019:

18 holes tournament, snack

cocktails & dinner / evening event at “A-ROSA Forum”

award ceremony / Pink Jacket Award

dancing party

 

Pack C / GRO TRY:

1 Introductory course, 2 evening events incl. buffet

 

early bird special

for payments received by May 31, 2019:

 

170

regular price
for payments received from June1, 2019:

 

220

Included Services

Thursday, 3-Oct-2019:
Acceditation, tee off gimmick,

welcome speech

 

Friday, 4-Oct-2019:
golf trial course, snack

dinner at “Grüner Salon” (A-ROSA restaurant)

small award ceremony (special prizes)

tombola

 

Saturday, 5-Oct-2019:

cocktails & dinner / evening event at “A-ROSA Forum”

award ceremony / Pink Jacket Award

dancing party

 

Pack D / GRO FUN:

2 evening events incl. buffet

 

early bird special

for payments received by May 31, 2019:

 

110

regular price

for payments received from June 1, 2019:

 

160

Included Services

Thursday, 3-Oct-2019:
Acceditation, tee off gimmick,

welcome speech

 

Friday, 4-Oct-2019:

dinner at “Grüner Salon” (A-ROSA restaurant)

small award ceremony (special prizes)

tombola

 

Saturday, 5-Oct-2019:

cocktails & dinner / evening event at “A-ROSA Forum”

award ceremony / Pink Jacket Award

dancing party

Tournament T&C’s

Important Information – please read.

 

 

All relevant information about the scoring classes, game / start mode, caddy rules, play-off… etc. will be available for download in the form of the official tournament T&C document (available later in spring 2019).

 

Ambitious tournament players always check out the tournament T&C’s. We at the German Rainbow Open explicitly welcome golfers who do not yet have that much experience in tournaments. That being said we kindly ask also newbies to download the T&C’s and study it carefully.

 

MARKUS will be happy to answer all questions around the tournament T&C’s, just contact him – tournament@german-rainbow-open.com

Notes on enrollment

The early bird special only will apply for enrollments paid in full by no later than May 31st, 2019.

We strongly recommend to enroll asap – due to organizational reasons the total number of participants will be limited. In case of late enrollments we’ll keep a waiting list based on a first paid first registered principle.

All golfers carrying a golf handicap of -54 or better are entitled to enroll. Bring a handicap certificate (details see tournament T&C‘s).

Last date to enroll will be September 15th, 2019. In case you’ll be able to first after September 15th 2019 you’ll for sure will get a spot in case one is left. Otherwise we’ll put you on the waiting list and inform you as soon as a spot becomes available.

Your participation spot will be finally confirmed after we’ve received your payment onto the account listed alongside.

Please ensure to fully complete an enrollment for every individual separately. Subsequently a conformation including all enrollment details will be sent to the Email-address provided during registration.

In case you do wish to amend your enrollment afterwards please ensure to provide us with your request via Email. DO NOT COMPLETE THE ENROLLMENET FORM AGAIN!

Please ensure to transfer the enrollment fee (depending on the package you’ve chosen) onto the alongside listed account latest within one week after registration including the following information: Your FIRST and LAST name and „GRO 2019“.

Recipient: 

German-Rainbow-Golfers e. V.

 

Bank:

Hamburger Volksbank

Hammerbrookstraße 63, 20097 Hamburg, Germany

 

IBAN:

DE09 2019 0003 0001 1584 06

 

SWIFT/BIC:

GENODEF1HH2

 

 

Fore!

Your enrollment is binding. There’s absolutely no chance to provide a refund of your enrollment fee.

Hotel recommendations

Stay prime to be where all takes place.

Our new GRO-home offers a broad range of accomodation options for everyone. The hotels listed provide our recommendation. With A-ROSA and a-ja we’ve been able to negotiate special rates. The a-ja is located around 15 minutes by foot from the A-ROSA resort.

 

The special rates listed below will be available between September 29th and October 7th but only provided the booking will be done by August 5th 2019 latest. For bookings made after August 5th 2019 the respective daily rates will apply.

 

In case you don’t find anything appropriate amongst our recommendations you may want to check out other options in the region around the event location.

A-ROSA Resort –  our special rates will be available until August 5th 2019.

Use the keyword „German Rainbow Open 2019“ when booking.

 

138,00 € per room/night inclusive of the A-ROSA package – single use
188,00 € per room/night inclusive of the A-ROSA package – double

 

No parking fees for our event participants (usually 10,- EUR/day at the resort)

 

The A-ROSA package includes the following elements:

– Stay at the A-ROSA Scharmuetzelsee
– Breakfast at the market-restaurant
– Complimentary softdrinks in the room
– Use of the SPA-ROSA incl. swim-, sauna-, chill-out/relax- and gym areas
– Participation in the A-ROSA Activ-program incl. leisure-, sport- and fitness offerings

a-ja Hotel – our special rates will be available until August 5th 2019,

Use the keyword „German Rainbow Open 2019“ when booking.

 

118,00 € per room/night inclusive of breakfast – single use

168,00 € per room/night inclusive of breakfast – double

 

No parking fees for our event participants (usually 9,- EUR/day)

 

The a-ja package includes the following elements:

– Stay at the a-ja hotel

– Extensive breakfast buffet

– Use of the A-ja spa with swimming areas (indoor- and outdoor pools), saunas including alternating sauna-infusions and vitapark offering Cardio and power course

– One bathrobe and two spa-towels per person during the entire stay

– 42- respectively 48-inch-flatscreen-TVs (SKY Sport inclusive)

– Complimentary WIFI

It’s easy to book your stay at the A-ROSA or a-ja:

By phone (valid for for A-ROSA & a-ja)

Phone: +49 33631-61100
Keyword: German Rainbow Open 2019

 

by e-Mail (applies to A-ROSA & a-ja):

event.scharmuetzelsee@a-rosa.de

keyword: German Rainbow Open 2019

by booking form

Please download here the booking form for the chosen hotel and send it to us filled out and signed (fax: 033631-61473 / e-mail: event.scharmuetzelsee@a-rosa.de). You will then receive a booking confirmation from the respective hotel.

Hall of Fame

Sieger 2018

Stefanie Sperber, Hamburg

Andreas Iken, Hamburg

Sieger 2017

Theresa, Hamburg

Andreas Iken, Hamburg

Sieger 2016

Petra, Bielefeld

Andreas Iken, Hamburg

Sieger 2015

Stefanie Sperber, Hamburg

Stephan Zimmermann, Frankfurt

Sieger 2014

Anne-Kristin Gerlach, Seevetal

Gordon Munro-Sönksen, Versmold

Sieger 2013

Anemone Synomyme, Hamburg

Gordon Munro-Sönksen, Versmold

Sieger 2012

Stefanie Sperber, Hamburg

Markus Ortlieb, Heidelberg

Sieger 2011

Inger Giwer, Berlin

Gordon Munro-Sönksen, Versmold

Sieger 2010

Tina Ehorn, Lüneburg

Gordon Munro-Sönksen, Versmold

Sieger 2009

Inger Giwer, Berlin

Gordon Munro-Sönksen, Versmold

Sieger 2008

Anke Braunschweiger, Achim

Gordon Munro-Sönksen, Versmold

Sieger 2007

Inger Giwer, Berlin

Michael O’Brien Kelly

Sieger 2006

Anke Braunschweiger, Achim

Gordon Munro-Sönksen, Versmold

Sieger 2005

Inger Giwer, Berlin

Gary Langdale, Weston-super-Mare, England

Picture galleries

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2018 | 14. GRO

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2017 | 13. GRO

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2016 | 12. GRO

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2015 | 11. GRO

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BILDER 2014 | 10. GRO

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BILDER 2013 | 9. GRO

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BILDER 2012 | 8. GRO