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Land chosen close to Paris for the course designed specifically to host the French Open course. A blend of US target golf mith touches of a Scottish style links here and there. The closing holes are sen in a landscaped "stadium" with plenty of room on the banking for the galleries to look down on the golfing action below. True, the surrounding area is not the prettiest, but the course is close to Paris and a great test of golf with some unforgettable closing holes. And don't forget that in 2018 Le Golf National will be the venue for a little competition called the Ryder Cup.Golf National Paris - Aigle Arch: H. Chesneau & R. Von Hagge. 18 holes: 5,472m: par 71.
A less exacting alternative to the Albatros but good fun nevertheless with the full range of hazards to negotiate. There is also a 9-hole "Academy" course.St. Germain Architect. H.S. Colt. 18 holes: 6,131m: par 72.
A traditional Harry Colt layout, i.e. intelligent fairway bunkering abounds and makes the courses more strategic than it might first appear. A parkland delight that you will want to play again and again (it was also President Mitterand's favourite) not least for the billiard table like Greens.Stade Francais (Courson) Arch: R. Von Hagge. 2 x 18 holes: 6,184 to 6,557m*: par 72.
Shock and awe may well be the primary emotions you experience when you first discover the 36 out-of-this-world holes at Stade Français: golf courses like no other we have seen. Ringed by dense forest, enormous quantities of earth have been shifted to create a golfing landscape that is wild fantasy: a swirl of lakes, hills, valleys, hummocks and scallops creates a land sculpture that verges on modern art. This, along with excellent maintenance and a old manor farmhouse turned clubhouse, makes for an unforgettable golfing experience. *Unusually, the holes are arranged in four distinct nines and are deployed in different combinations each day - to maximise member amusement.Feucherolles Architect: J-M. Poellot. 18 holes: 6,348m: par 72.
A tract of land that is very fit for purpose - established woodland and gently rolling hills. On this canvas Jean-Marie Poellot has daubed a little masterpiece adding some large water features, most noticeably in front of the 9th-18th double-Green that backs onto the clubhouse.Fourqueux Architect: Macauley & Quenouille. 18 + 9 holes: 5,3768m: par 71.
One of Paris' oldest clubs with a real sense of tradition evident from the moment you enter. The land here is composed of many small hills so the holes are quite convoluted around the slopes and rises: a strenuous course that takes a bit of effort and a little getting to know. A further nine-holes in similar style, could complete your day after a good lunch in the expansive clubhouse.Les Yvelines Architect: B. Baker. 18 + 9 holes: 6,344m: par 72.
A woodland courses that has been well thought out to provide a variety of interesting holes over the gentle inclines in the deep forest. At its best (and cheapest!) in July and August - when the trees provide shade from the hot sun.
The original Château today forms the inviting clubhouse and restaurant.
A small club befitting the small spa town of Forges-les-Bains where visitors are always most welcome. The holes in front of the clubhouse (1,9,10,18) run up and over a pretty steep hill to a high plateau which holds the bulk of the holes (and unavoidably a couple of electricity pylons). Once up on the plateau, the course is a thoroughly enjoyable, unpretentious parkland affair, offering good value French golf.La Vaucouleurs - La Rivière Architect: M. Gayon. 18 holes: 5,630m: par 70.
One club - two staggeringly different courses to the west of Versailles, but easily accessod via the A13 autoroute. A creat place for a 36-hole day with the variety of golf on offer.
“La Rivière” is a hilly parkland course with water hazards in play on the lower holes that criss-cross the river. “Les Vallons” is more links-like (albeit inland!) complete with deep bunkers and tangling rough.