Château de Bonmont, Rte de Bonmont 31,
Chéserex, nr Nyon, Vaud CH-1275
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb
Woodland and open countryside.
Donald (Don) Harradine, with later improvements designed by Peter Harradine in 2002.
28 km N of Geneve
From Hwy 1 between Geneva and Lausanne, take exit 11 (Nyon) and head north, direction Cheserex / St Cergue. After o.7 km turn left and follow road for approx 2.5 km into Cheserex. In Cheserex take the Rte de Bonmont, and follow road for approx 2 km to Chateau de Bonmont.
Golf & Country Club de Bonmont: Few golf courses offer such spectacular views of Lake Geneva and the Alps beyond, than you'll find here at Chateau de Bonmont. Located in the shadow of the Jura Mountains, the stylish Chateau is home to a small 4-star hotel as well as the clubhouse.
The well-maintained golf course makes full use of attractive parkland terrain that slopes downhill, away from the Chateau towards the Lake. The opening par-4 takes you down the hill (the first of three such journeys), while the par-4 2nd brings you straight back up again to play a stretch of holes around the Chateau. Two of these are the shortish par-3 3rd and even shorter par-3 7th, where an attractive reed-lined pond must be carried from tee-to-green.
The dramatically plunging par-5 8th is one of the most scenic and challengingly tight holes, not least if attempted from the back tees. It is again followed by a climb back up to the Chateau, and a water-defended double-green at the uphill par-4 9th. Like the 8th, the par-4 10th is played downhill from an wonderfully elevated tee (with views to savour), and takes you down to the rest of the back-nine, which thankfully occupies the layout's flattest terrain. Here the course is a mix of open spaces, small lakes and some tree-lined fairways, which give things a pleasantly varied parkland feel.
The final climb back up to the Chateau comes at the par-4 18th, where you'll revisit the double-green it shares with the closing hole on the front-nine, and have an opportunity to enjoy more of those wonderful lake and mountain views.
Visitors welcome on weekdays during the golf season (March thru' mid-Dec). Only members and their invited guests on weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Soft spikes only (April-Oct). Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Within the grounds of, and directly opposite the Chateau de Bonmont, is Bonmont Abbey, which dates back to the 12th century. The Abbaye de Bonmont was the first monastery established in Switzerland to join the Cistercian order. In 1536, the Protestant government of Bern secularized the abbey and demolished most of the buildings, except the church, which was transformed into a granary, a bakery and other secular functions. The church is now owned by the canton of Vaud and is used primarily for concerts of Gregorian chant.
12th best course in Switzerland (Golf Digest, 2020).
Rte du Bonmont, CH-1275 Chéserex, nr Nyon
+41 (0)22 369 99 60Visit website
Chateau Bonmont not only provides the palatial clubhouse facilities for Bonmont Golf & Country Club, but also an eight-room 4-star hotel, used by members, their guests and visiting golfers. From its lofty perch above the golf course, the Chateau offers panaromic views over Lake Geneva and the Mont Blanc range of the Alps.
Domaine Imperial; Maison Blanche
Avenue des Thermes, 01220 Divonne les Bains
+33 (0)4 50 40 34 34Visit website
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.
Divonne (o.5 km); Bonmont
Maison Blanche; Domaine Imperial; Geneve; Bossey; Esery (35 km).
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