Paris Region: an International Golfing Destination
Who said Paris wasn’t green? With more than 90 courses to its credit, the capital and its region have solid arguments to seduce golf lovers. With quality fairways and greens, practices and renowned training centres, you can improve your swing and putt in the Paris Region. Come and hit the little white ball on the course of your choice while discovering Paris and its region!
A brief overview of the region’s must-see routes and nearby activities.
Lord of the greens, at the Golf National
The Golf National, designed by the architect Hubert Chesneau, has been the site of the French Open since 1991. After the 2018 Ryder Cup, the French Golf Federation is preparing to host the World Amateur Team Golf Championships from 24 August to 3 September 2022. It was here, on its three 9- and 18-hole circuits, that the greatest moments in French golfing history unfurled. Walk in the footsteps of champions as you tackle the Albatros course, whose narrow, undulating fairways have challenged some of the world’s top golfers.
Perpetuating these lofty heights, next head to the Château de Versailles, 1-day Pass in hand, to (re)discover the Sun King’s dazzling estate. Finally, still aiming high, don’t forget to stop off at the One Nation Paris, reachable by shuttle bus from Versailles, where you can enjoy top designer shopping at outlet prices.
The swing of nature, at the Château de Cely and Fontainebleau golf courses
Amid luxuriant greenery, the Forest of Fontainebleau is home to two of France’s most beautiful golfing domains. The Exclusiv Golf – Château de Cely, which overlooks the Fontainebleau palace, boasts an incredible landscaped 18-hole course, complete with waterfalls and stunning flower beds. Meanwhile, the historic Golf de Fontainebleau, designed by Tom Simpson, offers a chance for total escape, with a magical 18-hole circuit dotted with heather and rocky outcrops.
Set just beside these prestigious golf courses, it’s easy to access the treasures of the Château de Fontainebleau and the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte – the 17th-century masterpiece that inspired the Château de Versailles.
Golf and Van Gogh, at the Mont Griffon and Isle Adam golf courses
Fans of elevated greens, blind shots, wide fairways and sloping greens should head north of Paris. At 30 minutes from the capital, the Golf Hôtel de Mont Griffon, with its 18- and 9-hole circuits, at the heart of the Oise-France Regional Nature Park, and the Golf de l’Isle Adam, created by the celebrated American architect Ronald Fream, with its 18-hole circuit dotted with ancient trees, offer an exceptional golfing backdrop. After your game, make a detour to the sublime Cistercian Abbaye de Royaumont.
Nearby, follow in van Gogh’s footsteps in Auvers-sur-Oise through the places he painted, his room at the Auberge Ravoux, the house of Doctor Gachet, and the cemetery where he lies with his brother Theo. Relax for the evening by the lake at Enghien-les-Bains, at one of the tables of the timeless Fouquet’s or in the effervescent atmosphere of the region’s only casino.
Western forests, at the Courson and Yvelines golf courses
The Exclusiv Golf de Courson with its unique 36-hole circuit, offers a spectacular course in the heart of the countryside, just 30 minutes west of Paris. Its modular course, which offers six combinations of 18-hole circuits, is classed as one of the best in Europe. If you’re looking for a bucolic idyll, in the shade of ancient oak trees, you should also try the Golf des Yvelines, nestled on the outskirts of Rambouillet Forest, whose 18-hole circuit provides a truly bucolic getaway.
Admire the remarkable English-style garden of the Château de Courson, dotted with camellias. It is also on the garden side that the Château de Saint-Jean-de-Beauregard, classified as a historical monument, reveals its beauty, with its vegetable garden which is among the most beautiful in France and its Plant Festivals, which bring together Europe’s leading nurserymen twice a year.
- Copyright image: Claude Rodriguez