Route de Gex,
Divonne-les-Bains, Rhone-Alps F-01220
18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb
Rural countryside and woodland.
M. Nakowski with later revisions by Donald Harradine in 1963.
22 km N of Geneve
From Hwy 1 north of Geneva, take exit 10 and head north, direction Divonne-les-Bains. After 1 km cross the Swiss-French border into France. Follow Ave du Geneve thru Divonne, direction Gex. The Golf Club is located just outside Divonne, o.5 km on your right after the Casino.
Domaine de Divonne Golf, Hotel & Casino: Picturesquely nestling under the tree-covered Jura Mountains, just outside the spa town of Divonne-les-Bains, Domaine de Divonne Golf comprises an evenly balanced collection of six par-3s, par-4s and par-5s.
One of the most heavily tree-lined courses in the area, it is certainly one of the tightest, where judicious use of the driver is advised. The holes on this well-maintained, parkland layout have plenty of undulation change, although never too excessive to become onerous or tiring.
Evidence of the large, eliptical bunkers that guard many greens is amply supplied at the opening hole, a slightly downhill par-3 which is encircled by sand traps. Another excellent par-3 starts the back-nine; this time bunkerless, the small elevated green is reached with a blind, uphill tee-shot. At 204 metres from the back-tees the 18th is the longest and arguably toughest of the par-3s.
The uphill 6th hole, starts a three-in-a-row sequence of par-5s on the front-nine, and like several of the other par-5s, is short enough to provide a good risk-reward opportunity for long and accurate hitters. The risk factor at the par-5 7th and 14th holes is supplied by small greenside ponds, while a wide ditch crosses in front of the 8th green.
The natural surroundings of this layout, with a wonderful variety of trees lining the holes, is complemented by ever-present views onto the imposing, eastern slopes of the Jura range.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: 35.
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
The town of Divonne-les-Bains became popular as a spa in the 19th century, although some of its current day amenities, including the casino, swimming pool and artificial lake (Lac de Divonne), were built after 1945.
Above the town there are several natural springs, one of which supplies the fountain found at the centre of the golf course. During Roman times, an aquaduct was built to channel water from the Divonne springs to their garrison in Nyon.
Avenue des Thermes, 01220 Divonne les Bains
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Located in the popular spa town of Divonne-les-Bains, alongside the French-Swiss border, Domaine de Divonne's centrepiece is the 134-room Grand Hôtel - a member of the Leading Hotels of the World association. Also located within the Domaine's impressive 65 hectare estate are a multitude of amenities, including Spa facilities, conference rooms, five restaurants, bars, an 18-hole championship golf course, a Casino, cinema and theatre.
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