Paris and its region, an International Golfing Destination
With more than 60 golf courses to its credit, it's no wonder the French capital and its surrounding region attract golf lovers from around the world. A trend that looks set to grow, when the prestigious Ryder Cup took place for the first time in France, from 25-30 September 2018, at the Golf National in Guyancourt, just 20 kilometres from Paris. Here's an overview of the region's top golf circuits.
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Lord of the greens
The Golf National, designed by the architect Hubert Chesneau, has been the site of the French Open since 1991. 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 Luxury & Fashion Outlet, reachable by shuttle bus from Versailles, where you can enjoy top designer shopping at outlet prices.
The swing of nature
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.
Putting with Mickey
With a golfing green in the form of Mickey Mouse, Golf Disneyland, reachable from Paris in 35 minutes by the RER A, is steeped in the mischievous Disney spirit. After confronting its double fairways, island greens, ponds and bunkers, over three modular 9-hole circuits, designed by Ronald Fream, you'll be ready to collect your 2-day pass and head to the magic of Disneyland® Paris in nearby Marne-la-Vallée.
A short distance from Disney, more treasures await in the alleys and underground passages of the Medieval city of Provins. Unless, of course, you are tempted to stop on the way at the Vallée Village shopping outlet, whose 110 boutiques are packed with discounted bargains from international designers. Both are accessible from Paris on the ParisCityVision shuttle bus.
Golf and Van Gogh
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.
Next, why not hop into a vintage Citroën 2CV, available through the “4 Roues sous 1 Parapluie” agency, and head for Auvers-sur-Oise? Here, you can visit the mythic Auberge Ravoux, where Vincent Van Gogh famously stayed, in room No 5. To extend your visit, the Château d'Auvers offers an immersive experience in the history of Impressionism. On your way back to Paris, take time out to relax at the Spark Barrière in Enghien-les-Bains. Here, you can enjoy a sauna, hammam and a massage, before heading for some evening excitement, with the option of slot machines, at the elegant Casino Barrière.
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.
From here, you're only a stone's throw away from the Abbaye des Vaux de Cernay, where you can enjoy a fabulous gourmet meal. Which should give you enough energy to visit the remarkable English-style gardens at the Château de Courson, dotted with fragrant camellias. Gardening aficionados will also enjoy the Château de Saint-Jean-de-Beauregard, a stunning, listed historic monument, whose kitchen garden is regarded as one of the most beautiful in France.