Jack Nicklaus designed Gut Laerchenhof to conform to his philosophy that “Every golf course must be unique and must not punish a good golf stroke.From its championship tees its 18-hole, par-72 layout is 6,356 metres (just on 7,000 yards) long and has a slope of 138”. The signature hole, the 241-yard 8th, is one of the longest par three holes in Europe. The championship course is so highly rated that only a year after it opened in 1997, the prestigious German Masters; one of the leading events on the European Tour; moved to Gut Laerchenhof from its former home at the Motzener See course near Berlin and stayed here until 2009.