Gland, nr Nyon, Vaud CH-1196
Office+41 (0)22 999 06 00
Pro shop+41 (0)22 999 06 80
Fax+44 (0)22 999 06 06
Golf proTim Huyton / Graham Kaye
18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Woodland. The course is adjacent to Lake Geneva, but without direct lakeside holes; the clubhouse lawn is directly lakeside.
26 km N of Geneve
From Hwy 1 between Geneva and Lausanne, take exit 12 (Gland) and head south-east on Ave Mont Blanc, direction Gland. After 2 km (passing through Gland) turn right at T-junction onto Rte 1, direction Nyon. After o.6 km turn left into golf entrance, and follow road to Clubhouse.
Golf Club du Domaine Imperial is usually rated Switzerland's best golf course, its prestigious reputation based on strong credentials. Located on the shoreline of Lake Geneva, the palatial clubhouse was originally built for a Bonaparte Prince. Laid out behind the Villa Prangins, the excellently maintained course signals one of legendary designer Pete Dye's rare excursions into Europe.
Although the 18th green and the clubhouse provide the only real opportunity to view Lake Geneva, the layout offers two contrasting nines and an abundance of thoroughly absorbing golf. For many, the front-nine is the most challenging and scenic, played through a charming woodland of towering, mature trees. The variety of flora is stunning, with several pleasing green-to-tee strolls through the woodland. At the par-4 9th the layout transforms to a more open and modern parkland style, where earthmounding and smaller trees define the holes. Big hitters will feel more at home on this inward nine.
Although an attractive stream meanders through parts of the front-nine, threatening water hazards are largely absent. The exception is a large pond that protects the par-5 16th. The two mid-length front-nine par-3s are complemented by two short par-3s on the back-nine: the 12th played to a heavily bunkered plateau green, the downhill 15th to a slender putting surface.
In trademark Dye fashion the bunkers here are many and varied, often mischievously concealed by grassy bunker walls. Long ribbon-like sand traps line several fairways. Around the greens a mix of pot bunkers, coffin-style traps and deep conventional bunkers are joined by grassy mounds and hollows, as well as slick run-off areas.
Visitors welcome on Tues thru' Friday (8:30 to noon). Only members and their invited guests on weekends and weekday afternoons. Closed Mondays. Course open all year.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: 30. Proof of handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Soft spikes only (April thru' Oct). Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire if pre-booked.
Domaine Imperial's impressive lakefront clubhouse was built in 1860 as the "Villa Prangins" for Prince Napolean (1822-1891), son of Jerome Bonaparte and nephew of Napolean Bonaparte. The golf course was built in 1986/87, during which time excavations revealed the signs of some earlier golf holes, possibly created by Charles Lucas, an Englishman who bought the Domaine in 1876.
Switzerland: No.1 course in Switzerland (Golf Digest, 2020).
Europe: 81st best course in Europe (excl Britain & Ireland) (Golf World, 2021).
Rue de Rive 15, CH-1260 Nyon.
+41 22 552 2080Visit website
Sharing the same service vision under the Hotels de Rive flag, and adjacent to each other on the banks of Lake Geneva in Nyon, Le Rive and Le Beau Rivage hotels offer wonderful lake views and panoramic vistas of the Mont Blanc range of the Alps. Extensively renovated, the two hotels offer 80 individual rooms, suites and apartments, as well as a wide selection of dining, lounges, bar and brasserie options.
Domaine Imperial; Bonmont; Divonne
Maison Blanche; Geneve
Route de Promenthoux, 1197 Prangins, Switzerland
+41 22 365 78 78Visit website
Receiving guests since 1999, the 4-star La Barcarolle is located a stone’s throw from the Roman town of Nyon, facing the Alps. The hotel stands in a splendid property on the shores of Lake Geneva, ready to submerge its guests in a world of top-quality service, peace and relaxation.
Domaine Imperial; Bonmont
Divonne; Maison Blanche
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