There are half a dozen top drawer golf clubs located around the perimeter of Berlin, and three to the south of the city, Berlin-Wannsee, Seddiner See and Motzener See, all have courses fit to hold national championships. One of them, in fact, Motzener See, have done just that, hosting the German Masters for four years running, starting three years after the course was opened in 1991.
Managed by the CCA Group (who also run Brockett Hall in Hertfordshire) and part of the Palmerston Hotels & Resorts Company, Motzener See was designed by one of the most prolific modern golf architects in Europe, Kurt Rossknecht. He was an extremely busy man in his native Germany in the early 1990s, going on to create other fine courses like Gut Thailing (1994), Rittergut Birkhof (1995) and the 27-hole Am Alten Fleiss (1995).
Motzener See is an open parkland course which has been described as having both American and Scottish influences in the form of shaped bunker complexes and fast rolling fairways. Most of the greens are huge to test putting skills to the full and water is to be avoided early in the round at holes 3 and 4, then late on at the 17th and the monster, 488-yard, par four 18th finishing hole. The adjoining 9-hole par three course is also very useful for fine tuning your short game before taking on the big course.
Motzener See is a members parkland course set about an hour south of Berlin. There are 27 holes, as three separate nines called Course A holes 1-9; B is 10-18; and C is C1-C9 (I believe these are the shorter 'executive nine'). The primary 18 are just over 6000m from the members tees or 6400m from the back championship tees and plays to a par of 73.
About half of the holes wind through forest but the rest tend to run adjacently back and forth and are quite similar in design and feel. There are regular slight doglegs and water in play on plenty of the holes, the conditioning was fine for September and the rural location of the course makes it a pleasant place to play . However, there didn't appear to be anything particularly special to recommend this course and whilst it was nice I was sort of surprised that it is a rated course inside the top 50 courses in Germany.