Fontainebleau, Ile-de-France F-77300
18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Original course redesigned by Tom Simpson (1920) and later lengthened and modified by Fred Hawtree.
60 km SE of centre of Paris.
Golf de Fontainebleau: Tom Simpson created in the woodlands around Fontainebleau a most “English” layout which makes excellent use of the undulating and heavily wooded terraine. Some of the trees that line the “tightish” fairways are hundreds of years old, and a few of the really old ones are “labelled” accordingly - all in all they create a tranquil forested setting for a relatively tough test of your golfing skills. With one or two spectacularly elevated tee-boxes, and some rock strewn fairways, you will be in for a golfing treat just a mile or two from what was once Napolean’s military HQ.
Visitors welcome on weekdays; no visitors on weekends (except in July & Aug).
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 24; women 28.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Players generally walk this course.
Fontainebleau's Norman style clubhouse is decorated with tree frescoes painted by Paul Tavarnier (1852-1943), an artist much influenced by the Barbizon school. The School, which took its name from the village of Barbizon in the Forest of Fontainebleau, was initially influenced by the work of English artist John Constable. Artists like Théodore Rousseau, Jean-François Millet and Charles-François Daubigny led the School during its most active years between 1830 and 1870. The French landscape was a major theme of the Barbizon painters.
France: 5th best course in France (Golf Digest, 2020).
Europe: 5th best course in Europe (excl Britain & Ireland) (Golf World, 2019).
27 place Napoléon Bonaparte, 77300 Fontainebleau.
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A former private mansion dating from the 18th century, this majestic hotel is 100 metres from the grounds of Fontainebleau Palace. Fit for an Emperor, it offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water. The guest rooms are spacious and decorated in grand style with luxury fabrics and antique wooden furniture. Flat-screen TV and a DVD player are provided in each room.
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