St. Leon-Rot is typical of the advancements in German golf experienced in recent decades. While golf was for many years a preserve of the wealthy, the game is now attracting interest from younger generations, while the relative explosion of new courses in Germany has helped develop the country's image internationally.
The extraordinary complex is the result of the vision of Dietmar Hopp, founder and president of SAP, one of the world's most prominent software companies. The premier course is the St Leon layout, which was created by English designer Dave Thomas, who is best known for The Belfry's Brabazon Course.
The mission statement of St Leon-Rot involves hosting the world's biggest professional tournaments, and the journey has already seen high profile events on the European Tour head to Heidelberg. The resort is a golfer's dream, where acre upon acre of perfectly manicured holes await; without doubt a highlight of Germany's new generation of golf courses, St. Leon-Rot thoroughly deserves its Top 100 place.