Once I checked my emails just lately and located an e-mail by Porsche in my inbox I had to look twice. Would you want to go on a road trip with us and expertise the new Porsche Cayenne S whereas stopping alongside the approach from Leibzig to Amsterdam at some distinctive places to play cross golf? I didn’t even have to give it some thought… In fact I would like to be a part of them on the road trip, I really like road journeys after which driving a Porsche (!) as an alternative of my tiny, sluggish car- I imply hell sure. I might have in all probability even payed cash for that have. I checked if I used to be free on the dates they the place organizing the driving occasion and by chance I used to be off work. It did imply although that after coming from my flight from Denver, I would wish to fly instantly to Leibzig the following day. However that was a simple sacrifice to make for this superb alternative. My little sister was additionally in a position to be a part of on this trip and actually it was the first time that we ever went on a trip together- simply the two of us. In fact she does comply with alongside on instagram and sees the journeys I do by means of social media, however being a part of it’s a totally different story.
I mailed again instantly and a few hours later, I acquired the reserving affirmation for my flight to Leibzig. I used to be happening a road trip with Porsche. Undoubtedly one in every of my highlights since I began running a blog virtually 5 years in the past.
However what was cross golf truly I questioned? I feel I heard about it earlier than, however nonetheless wanted to look it up on google. Cross golf is golf outdoors a common golf course. You select a location the place you need to cross golf, choose a goal and easily begin enjoying. No inexperienced charge or fancy gear wanted. Cross golfers play in all places the place it’s permitted they usually aren’t endangering individuals or visitors. The golf balls are barely lighter and softer. Cross golf is comparatively new, nevertheless they do have their first world cup occurring in Paris quickly. Cross golf doesn’t need to exclude anybody, it’s for all genders, races and age and never an elite sport like common golf.
All of it did sound fascinating, however since I by no means golfed earlier than I used to be very curious how this was going to work out for me. Nevertheless I’m all the time involved in making an attempt new issues, so why not cross golf? I’m open minded for brand spanking new sports activities and have tried a justifiable share of sports activities in my youth from gymnastics, to baseball, squash… till I found my love for basketball and sticked with that for eight years. Sadly with my job as a flight attendant it’s virtually unattainable to do a group sport. So perhaps cross golf goes to turn out to be a new pastime after this Cross Golf expertise. Let’s attempt it out. Perhaps I’m even good at it. Who is aware of…
The night earlier than the road trip began I met my sister in the lodge in Leipzig. I’ve by no means been to Leipzig earlier than and truly needed to take an early afternoon flight however due to dangerous climate I missed my connection and arrived late at night time. So no time to uncover Leipzig on this trip- undoubtedly want to return quickly although.
Day 1 of the roadtrip: Leipzig to Hannover- Off road driving at Porsche Leibzig and enjoying Cross Golf Citadel Wernigerode
Early in the morning we received collectively for the first time as a group. The subsequent following days we have been going collectively on this road trip with Porsche and competing towards one another enjoying cross golf. The group was small with a good mixture of golfers, influencers, photographers and the Porsche advertising workforce. I used to be the solely woman and a bit fearful at first if I’m going to slot in or whether or not I can be surrounded by automotive and golf specialists for the subsequent couple of days. Nevertheless all my worries the place resolved once I met the group, this can be a enjoyable couple of days crammed with journey and new experiences.
First cease of our tour was the Porsche Leibzig Middle. Once we checked out of the lodge we already obtained handed to keys for „our“ automobiles. A model new Porsche Cayenne S, a a mid-size luxurious crossover sport utility car. The primary-generation Porsche Cayenne was produced from 2003 to 2010. A plethora of notable modifications got here in 2015: The V8 in the Cayenne S was changed by a turbocharged V6, the Hybrid was changed by a plug-in hybrid, and the Cayenne Turbo received a 20-horsepower increase. The suspension was additionally retuned for higher experience consolation. The Turbo S and GTS took a yr off, returning in 2016 with extra energy.
I used to be a bit scared at first to drive the automotive to be trustworthy. To my luck it’s a absolutely automated automotive with a lot of good extras that make driving easier like a again digital camera and so forth. I used to be merely a bit fearful at first to crash the automotive. After that preliminary worry previous I used to be truly falling in love with the automotive and this utterly new driving expertise. I used to be used to drive primary automobiles that might get me from a to b, however the journey in itself was extra of a necessity and by no means enjoyable. Driving the Porsche Cayenne S nevertheless was a utterly totally different league. I might truly be unhappy when arriving at the vacation spot as a result of driving this automotive was so, a lot enjoyable. Snug and thrilling. The German motorway acquired a utterly new which means for you when you’ll be able to actually check out how a lot energy this automotive with 440 PS has. Rushing up to 100 km/h solely takes 10 s and driving 240 km/h nonetheless feels extraordinarily protected and is straightforward to attain with this type of automotive.
The Porsche Middle in Leibzig is one among their essential manufacturing websites and an expertise in itself. Alongside to a small museum, they’ve their very own race monitor the place you’ll be able to actually check out the full potential of these automobiles and an off road monitor that permits you to check the automotive in troublesome circumstances. Collectively with a former race driver we went out on the off road tracks, by means of a radio we acquired directions what we the place supposed to do and what sort of settings we would have liked to choose for that type of floor. For me Porsche was merely a luxurious automotive model that was all about nice design and quick automobiles, performance nevertheless appeared extra of a minor factor to me. Nevertheless the Porsche Cayenne regardless of its lavish design, is definitely made for off roads and the outside and we the place going to check it out on a former army training website. Driving up a steep hill of 35 degrees- no drawback for that automotive, driving by means of a river- straightforward, steep curves or totally different surfaces- not a drawback in any respect. At the starting I used to be as soon as once more a bit scared, however quickly gained belief in the Prosche Cayenne S and its talents, acquired extra assured driving it and truly was thrilled to check what it may well do.
After our driving experiences we had some BBQ at the driving website and obtained to know the different members of the road trip a bit higher. Afterwards it was time for our first cross golf lesson collectively with the vice-European champion in cross golf Claudio Orlik.
We received some golf sticks and a little piece of „grass“ to put the ball on. Claudio defined us the primary guidelines and the way to maintain the golf stick and the way to hit the ball. I inform you, it does look straightforward, nevertheless it’s actually troublesome and took me quite a few tries till I truly managed to hit the ball and never solely the grass.
This was simply our first trial, the subsequent cease on this roadtrip was going to be our first cross golf location, the place it was getting critical.
We obtained again into our automobiles and to our shock the Porsche Advertising workforce outfitted us with some good road trip snacks and drinks. So lez’d begin hitting the road. This was truly our first a part of the road trip the place we the place driving a longer distance with the Porsche Cayenne S. In fact the automotive has its personal board pc the place you’ll be able to choose your route, change the settings of your automotive for instance to spor or off road mode, join your telephone or just pay attention to a track on the radio.
The longer I drove the automotive, the extra assured I received and truly was courageous sufficient to see how briskly I can go. To see the automotive sped up in simply a few seconds was a thrilling and unknown expertise for me and to be trustworthy regardless of m yr beating tremendous quick, a hell lot of enjoyable.
We arrived at Citadel Wernigerode, our first cease to check out cross golfing. It’s a lovely location and in case you are in that space I can solely advocate you to go to this place. A very fairytale like location. We parked the automotive and received directions from our European cross golf champion,
Our targets the place the fort wall, the fountain and a check in the castles courtyard. I used to be in a staff collectively with one among the skilled golfers and whereas he was in a position to give me some good ideas it was nonetheless a bit disappointing to see him hit the targets with just one trial, whereas I wanted a minimum of 5 occasions. However let’s not overlook this was my first time enjoying golf. Once I managed to hit the final goal with much less makes an attempt then him I used to be truly celebrating myself like I used to be the new Tiger Woods… haha sorry about that…., however I simply acquired a little bit t too exited eventually.
Day 2: From Hannover to Möchengladbach with a cease at Expo Hannover and Halde Hoheward
After a pretty breakfast we began the second day of the road tip. Our first cease was the Expo,the place we the place going to proceed our cross golf competitors. Our first cease was the Expowhale close-by to Hannover. We had some difficult targets and acquired a new staff to play with. It was a difficult however enjoyable expertise and thanks to some ideas I truly managed to enhance my golfing expertise and hit the targets sooner. i may need cheated a little bit by saying the flawed quantity, however shhhhhh… simply kidding 😉 or am I?
My spotlight was to shoot the ball so far as attainable in the lake at the EXPO. The ball was truly biodegradable and crammed with meals for the fishes. Tremendous cool, nevertheless I didn’t actually success in hitting it far.
Subsequent cease was the extremely lovely sight Halde Hohenward close-by to Mönchengladbach the place we performed some extra cross golf and noticed the sundown. A Porsche Cayenne S as a golf cart- you’ll be able to name me fancy 😉
After some good meals at the …. Lodge, our cross golf expertise continued with some glow in the darkish golf balls at night time. Collectively with a beer crate we walked round and tried to hit the goal, perhaps not completely sober.
Day three: From Mönchengladbach to Amsterdam with a cease at Zaanse Schans:
The final day of our road trip and sadly additionally the final day of driving the superb Porsche Cayenne S began. Sadly I had to return the keys to my automotive again to the Porsche group at the finish of this road trip ;(
We have been going to drive from Möchengladbach to Zaanse Schans shut by to Amsterdam. A journey of roundabout 2.5 hours. Zaanse Schans is in style amongst vacationer as it’s shut by to Amsterdam and you may see a „typical Dutch village“ with windmills, cute homes, cows and sheeps. In fact there’s a museum how to make cheese, pottery, chocolate, stroppwaffels and so forth. We had a very nice lunch at the…., in case you are in that space I can undoubtedly advocate you to cease by for meals or some drinks and began our final spherical of cross golf. Zaanse Schans is a little bit of a cliché wharf foreigners assume Dutch tradition is, nevertheless it’s fairly and price a go to.
In truth in the two years that I’ve lived in the Netherlands, I’ve by no means visited and Zaanse Schans might be 45minutes away from the place I stay in Rotterdam. Nonetheless extra to discover in my new house nation. After our final cross golf event and a final photograph session it was time to return the automobiles at the airport in Amsterdam Shipol. Whereas my sister was driving the automotive, I truly already received prepared for my subsequent on obligation flight Rio de Janeiro. After which it the second already got here, we sadly had to return the keys. You say what, they don’t let me hold it? And in addition say goodbye to the group as we have been flying to totally different locations.
I cannot thank the Porsche staff and all the members of this Porsche Cross drive sufficient for this amassing expertise and truly trusting me driving this somewhat costly automotive regardless of my historical past of unlucky automotive accident 😉 I may need not talked about that prior to the trip, however thanks anyway for trusting me to drive this automotive.
To see a brief video of our Porsche Cross Drive expertise and a few extra info, click on right here: https://newsroom.porsche.com/de/sport-lifestyle/porsche-cayenne-s-crossgolf-outlaw-golf-sport-golfkart-claudio-orlik-crossdrive-roadtrip-16068.html.
In any other case I can completely advocate you to check out cross golfing, I undoubtedly received a new interest and can attempt to play it once more repeatedly in Utrecht, Netherlands or whereas flying round the globe… as a result of the truth is all you want is a golf ball, a golf membership and a goal and you’re prepared to go… Gap in One! It was a enjoyable expertise enjoying it in any respect the totally different superior locations.
I cannot thank the Porsche Staff sufficient for inviting me on this trip and I definitely wouldn’t thoughts to be a part of you once more. Actually I’m much more eager to drive the 911 or the Panamera after this trip and in addition a huge thanks to all the individuals that I received to meet for a enjoyable couple of days.
Traveler’s Little Treasures was invited on behalf of Porsche, nevertheless, my opinion stays my very own.
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