The Sporting Club Berlin in the Nineties embarked on an ambitious building program that includes three very different eighteens and a short nine. The history of golf on the site goes back much further, when a luxury resort at Scharmützelsee attracted celebrities in the 1930s. The resort then fell into obscurity for some time, and big names were brought in for the rebranding of the club under its present name. Arnold Palmer's course here is actually outshined by Nick Faldo's, which attracted the German Open not long after it was completed. But where Faldo's course concedes little to the average and below average golfer, Palmer's is more spacious and features a generous array of tee positions so that any player can have fun. And while Palmer's course is quite straightforward, he has gone for cross-bunkering on some holes, and he gets the most out of a brook that winds across the field of play.
Nick Faldo brought to his eponymous course at the Sporting Club Berlin everything he learned from three Open Championship victories on oceanside courses in England, and the result is this inland links design. And indeed Sir Nick seems to have internalized the precept that the character of a course depends more on the natural features of a site than on anything that the designer adds to it. The course here is simultaneously Faldo's first in mainland Europe and one of his very finest. He has continued to tinker with the layout, particular the 4th and 5th; suffice it to say that players should follow their instincts when approaching these holes. The positive reviews generated by a pair of German Open Championships held soon after the Faldo debuted were sufficient to demonstrate to the world that his course offers a serious test for even the top pros