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German Rainbow Open 2023

18th Intl. GERMAN-RAINBOW-OPEN

The annual international German gay/lesbian (LGBTIQ*) GOLF championships.

Friday, September 29th 2023 – Sunday October 1st 2023

Event Location:

 

Golfclub Hoesel  Hoeseler Straße 147
42579 Heiligenhaus (close to Duesseldorf)

 

Get together / accreditation: Friday, September 29th 2023

1st tournament day: Saturday, September 30th 2023

2nd tournament day: Sunday, October 1st 2023

This is what our participants say:

The idea of the tournament

It was spring the year 2005 …

There were five of us and we had a common vision: We wanted to create an 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 focus was to be on fun and communication within the LGBTIQ community. For example, gender-mixed playing groups (only called “flights” in Germany) were a natural part of the plan, also in terms of playing strength.

 

Already in the same year, we were able to make our vision come true – and have been doing so again and again every fall since then. Today, the German-Rainbow-Open are a firmly established tournament in European gay and lesbian (LGBTIQ) golf.

In accordance with our philosophy, we want to introduce as many uninitiated lesbians and gays interested in golf as possible to this wonderful sport. A professional golf trial course is therefore always part of the German-Rainbow-Open. And we promise: Our LGBTIQ Community Golf Tournament is also suitable for players with little tournament experience.

 

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Important enhancements

The GRO continue to develop …

Golf is evolving and we want to make the GRO more attractive for all target groups. Therefore, we have thought about it, talked to many participants and decided on some changes and innovations. With both innovations, we are pursuing the goal of increasing the flow of the game and the fun factor for all participants.

Sustainable golf event

We want to be responsible with resources and host a golf tournament that reflects this approach. For this reason, we have been dispensing with beverage bottles for round catering since the 17th GRO and offer a refill system. We also do without starting gifts that offer no added value and quickly end up in the trash can, as well as multiple printed starting and results lists. The latter have also been available in digital form for all participants on demand since 2022.
Thus, we will continue to make further changes in the future in order to minimize our impact on the environment without losing sight of the value of the German-Rainbow-Open. We appreciate your understanding and even more your support of this approach.

Senior competition
With the 18th GRO we introduce a gender and class independent senior competition. Eligible for this new classification are participants aged 65 years and older.
The senior ranking will be played as a 9-hole tournament on both days (1x 9-hole on tournament day 1 and 1x 9-hole on tournament day 2). Participants in the senior ranking will therefore not be included in the class A-D rankings.  The tournament will be played according to Stableford in a net ranking (net prizes 1-6).

 

Of course, eligible participants can also opt for the 18-hole competition (A-D) and thus not compete in the senior ranking.

Rookies – 9-hole tournament
We are also making adjustments to the tournament mode for participants with a handicap of +36 to +54. Optionally, you can choose whether you want to play in the rookie ranking and thus 1x 9 holes per day. With this we want to make the entry into the tournament world more attractive for “rookies”.
You are probably wondering what will happen if you improve your handicap by the time of the GRO so that you no longer qualify for the rookie ranking. In that case we ask you to contact us, because then you are indeed qualified for the 18-hole tournament and have to play it (+60 EUR additional payment for 18 hole greenfees).

Program

What awaits you …

Two major golf events in one weekend. Our 18th Open takes place against the backdrop of the Ryder Cup, which is being held in Rome at the same time. Therefore, we are leaning our supporting program a little bit on the biggest golf event in the world.

Friday Sept. 29th 2023

 

evening:
Get Together in the golf-restaurant Bofinger at the golfclub Hoesel
Self-payer/small card

 

5:30-7:30pm
GC HOESEL club-house
accreditation

 

8:00pm
Golf-restaurant Bofinger/club-house Hoesel
Welcome of the participants by the board of the German-Rainbow-Golfers association

 

around 9pm
Clubhaus Foyer & online-Download
GRO tee-off list for Saturday September 29th2023 (1. tournament day)

 

10pm
End of the evening at the bar in the Waldhotel Heiligenhaus

Saturday Sept. 30th 2023

 

from 08:00am

GC HOESEL golf reception: Issue of score cards, late accreditation

 

Captains-Briefing (planned)

 

On both courses shot-gun start for groups A, B, C and D.
Groups Rookies & Seniors play based on tee-times for organizational reasons.

 

North course, Classes A/B – 18-holes
10:00am Shot gun start

Subject to change

 

South course,  Class C/D – 18 holes
10:00am Shot gun start

Subject to change

 

South course,  Rookies & Seniors – 9 holes
10:30am tee-off times from tee box 1 or 10

 

North course, Half-way-snack

1 Station close to tee 1

1 Station close to tee 10 

South course, Half-way-snack

1 Station close to tee 10

from around 3.30pm (optional / expected): 

 

 

Club-house: 

Get Together 

 

 

7:00pm

PLAYERSNITE / Dance party

Bofinger restaurant: 

Champagne reception, dinner (barbeque), award ceremony special prizes, TOMBOLA / Silent Auction

 

Non-alcoholic drinks & water flat rate for 1h from the opening of the buffet, sponsorship by GRG e.V.

 

from 9pm

Club-house lobby: 

Posting of the GRO start lists for Sunday, October 1st (2nd day of the tournament)

 

Open end

End of the Saturday event

Sunday October 1st 2023

 

from 08:00am

GC Hoesel Golf reception: Issuing of the scorecards

 

On both courses and for all groups tee times.

 

South course, Classes A/B,

Tee 1 from 8:30am,  

Subject to change

North course, Class C/D

Tee 1 from 9:00am

North course, Rookies & Seniors

Tee 1 from – to be announced  

Subject to change

 

North course, Half-way-snack

1 station close to tee 1

1 station close to tee 10

South course, Half-way-snack

1 station close to tee 10

 

from around 4pm / 5pm

Club house terrace, 

Welcome of the Champions” 

Beverages – Sponsorship by the GRG association; group photo if applicable

 

6pm

Bofinger restaurant: 

Award ceremony of all groups of the 18th German-Rainbow-Open 2023, Pink-Jacket-Award, press photo.

Self-payer/small ticket

 

7:00pm

Official closing and end of the 18th German-Rainbow-Open.

 

Here: Download of the program as PDF

Where to stay

Having a heavenly sleep …

you can stay in our tournament hotel – WALDHOTEL HEILIGENHAUS. Also for the 18th GRO we could negotiate a large room contingent and special conditions for all our participants.

 

The special conditions are valid in the following period::

Arrival date: September 28th | 2023 Departure date: October 2nd 2023

 

Special price in single room of € 98,00 per night and room
Special price in double room of € 133,00 per night and room
breakfast included

 

Booking must be made directly with the hotel – keyword GRO2023

 

Waldhotel Heiligenhaus, Parkstrasse 38, 42579 Heiligenhaus
for reservations: Tel.: +49 2056 – 59 70
for reservations: reservierung@wald-hotel.de
www.wald-hotel.de

The cancellation conditions of the hotel apply, which can be requested directly from the hotel.

 

In addition, there are numerous hotels in the region due to its proximity to Duesseldorf. In Heiligenhaus itself with the hotel “Neues Pastorat” an alternative is available.

Tournament announcement

The official tournament announcement …

is available for you to download here. Please read it carefully to familiarize yourself with the terms and conditions of the tournament:

Download the official Tournament Announcement

Packages, booking and payment

We have put together these packages …

Booking

Please note the information under the menu item “Important news”.

 

After booking a package, you will receive a confirmation to the email address you provided. Please note that your start or participation place is only guaranteed if you have transferred the corresponding package price in full to the account indicated below. A few days after your booking you will receive an invoice. This includes an invoice number, which you please indicate as reason for payment in the transfer.

 

Registration deadline: September 23rd, 2023

 

Please note our GRO cancellation policy.

Payment

Payment of the package price at the latest 14 days after booking (confirmation immediately by email):

 

Payee: German-Rainbow-Golfers e.V.
Bank: Deutsche Skatbank
Branch of the VR-Bank Altenburger Land eG | Altenburger Str. 13 | 04626 Schmölln
IBAN: DE82 8306 5408 0005 2462 70
BIC/SWIFT: GENODEF1SLR
reason for payment: first and last name, GRO2023, invoice number

Package A18 – Groups A-D
Normal: 305 EUR

Starting gift
2x 18 hole tournament
all evaluations
small lunch package (bring your own bottle for refill) & 2x halfway catering
1x evening event with barbeque & PlayersNite
Welcome of the Champion Drinks
Award ceremony with prizes

Package A9 – Rookie
Normal: 245 EUR

Starting gift
2x 9 hole tournament
all evaluations
small lunch package (bring your own bottle for refill) & 2x halfway catering
1x evening event with barbeque & PlayersNite
Welcome of the Champion Drinks
Award ceremony with prizes

Package S9 – Seniors 65 years and older
Normal: 245 EUR

Starting gift
2x 9 hole tournament
all evaluations
small lunch package (bring your own bottle for refill) & 2x halfway catering
1x evening event with barbeque & PlayersNite
Welcome of the Champion Drinks
Award ceremony with prizes

Package F – Fun
Normal: 120 EUR

Start gift
small lunch package (bring your own bottle for refill) & 2x halfway catering
1x evening event with Barbeque & PlayersNite
Welcome of the Champion Drinks
Award ceremony with prizes

Package T – Trial – trial course* (takes place only with a minimum of 5 persons)
Normal: 225 EUR

Start gift
Trial course on Saturday Sept 30th
small lunch package (bring your own bottle for refill) & 2x halfway catering
1x evening event with barbeque & PlayersNite
Welcome of the Champion Drinks
Award ceremony with prizes
*If the course does not take place due to a low number of participants, a downgrade to package F will be made with a corresponding refund of the difference.

Hall of Fame

winner 2023

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Nina Benning, Essen

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Ondřej Vrátný, Prag

winner 2022

Theresa, Hamburg

Andreas Iken, Hamburg

winner 2021

Theresa, Hamburg

Christer Shipley, Stockholm

winner 2019

Tina Ehorn, Lüneburg

Christer Shipley, Stockholm

winner 2018

Stefanie Sperber, Hamburg

Andreas Iken, Hamburg

winner 2017

Theresa, Hamburg

Andreas Iken, Hamburg

winner 2016

Petra, Bielefeld

Andreas Iken, Hamburg

winner 2015

Stefanie Sperber, Hamburg

Stephan Zimmermann, Frankfurt

winner 2014

Anne-Kristin Gerlach, Seevetal

Gordon Munro-Sönksen, Versmold

winner 2013

Anemone Synomyme, Hamburg

Gordon Munro-Sönksen, Versmold

winner 2012

Stefanie Sperber, Hamburg

Markus Ortlieb, Heidelberg

winner 2011

Inger Giwer, Berlin

Gordon Munro-Sönksen, Versmold

winner 2010

Tina Ehorn, Lüneburg

Gordon Munro-Sönksen, Versmold

winner 2009

Inger Giwer, Berlin

Gordon Munro-Sönksen, Versmold

winner 2008

Anke Braunschweiger, Achim

Gordon Munro-Sönksen, Versmold

winner 2007

Inger Giwer, Berlin

Michael O’Brien Kelly

winner 2006

Anke Braunschweiger, Achim

Gordon Munro-Sönksen, Versmold

winner 2005

Inger Giwer, Berlin

Gary Langdale, Weston-super-Mare, England

Picture galleries

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2024 | 19. GRO

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2023 | 18. GRO

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2022 | 17. GRO

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2021 | 16. GRO

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2019 | 15. GRO

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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