The total length of all 18 holes is now 6,616 metres (7,235 yards). The Championship Course can only be played during the BMW International Open, as it comprises elements of the three courses at GC München Eichenried – courses A, B and C.
The finishing straight is particularly challenging. Holes 16, 17 and 18 are a real challenge, particularly since they were modified for the tournament’s 25th anniversary in 2013. The 16th hole (par 4), with its green guarded by water on three sides, is an exciting risk/reward hole that punishes any mistake. It is followed by a par 3, on which the Hole-in-One Award is up for grabs, before the round culminates in a par-5 dogleg, which can make or break a player’s round – or even tournament. For the 2017 tournament, hole 13 was extended from 340 to 395 meters (431 yards).
Three players have achieved the dream shot on the Championship Course in the past: America’s Jay Townsend was the first to win the Hole-in-One Award in 1991 (BMW 325i Convertible). And Frenchmen Raphaël Jacquelin (2001, BMW Z8) and Jean-François Lucquin (2010, BMW 535i) also have particularly fond memories of München Eichenried.