10 great golf courses to play in Paris
John Jacobs laid out this course on flat land near Chantilly with some holes defined by mature trees and others with an ‘open’ feel. In the area but a little closer to the city is Isle Adam, a Ron Fream woodland track.
Good enough to be in our Continental Europe Top 200, in many other European cities it would be one of the stars – however in Paris this Robert Trent Jones design in the Marly-le-Roi forest is simply the best of the rest.
3. La Boulie
Racing Club is one of the biggest sports clubs in France and part of the bewilderingly large complex is La Boulie’s La Foret and La Vallee courses, the latter the older of the two and a former host of the French Open.
4. La Vaucouleurs
Michael Gayon laid out this tree-lined parkland, which is close to St Nom La Breteche and Saint Germain in the north-west of the city and guarantees a very pleasant experience.
5. Paris International
By Jack Nicklaus’ design team, close to Chantilly, this is a championship test in tranquil countryside. For something more mature, head to Ozoir-la-Ferriere – a Henry Cotton tree-lined 1931 parkland.
Laid out in 1965 by Fred Hawtree among mature trees (it is right in the middle of the Rambouillet Forest, west of Paris), the 7,000-yard West course is joined by the 18-hole East.
In more or less the same south-west area of Paris as Golf National – off the A10 heading for Chartres – this Fred Hawtree design from 1964 is an easy-walking woodland of just over 6,300 yards.
8. Saint-Cloud (Vert)
This is a traditional club dating back to 1911, so visitors can only play here in July and August when the members are on holiday. It’s worth planning a visit then, because this Colt parkland is superb. The Yellow course is good too.
East of Paris in Domaine de la Brie is this course by Arnold Palmer’s design team, one of two 18-holers.
10. Stade Francais
Robert Von Hagge designed both classy 18-holers here, the Vert-Lilas and the Noir-Orange.