Fontainebleau, Ile-de-France F-77300
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Golf proPierre Greset
18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Original design by Julien Chantepie (1909); redesigned by Tom Simpson (1920) and later lengthened and modified by Fred Hawtree (1963).
60 km SE of centre of Paris.
Golf de Fontainebleau: In the extensive forests that surround the aristocratic town of Fontainebleau, you'll find this quintessentially “English” heathland gem. Here, course architect Tom Simpson created one of France's best layouts, making excellent use of the gently undulating and heavily wooded terrain. Many of the trees that line the “tightish” fairways are hundreds of years old ... some helpfully “labelled” with their year of origin.
Located in its tranquil forested setting just outside the eponymous town, the golf course lays down a relatively tough test of your golfing skills. Woven into the gently undulating layout is plenty of classic bunkering, as well as one or two spectacularly elevated "crow's nest" tee-boxes. The interplay of heathery borders, rocky outcrops and a wonderful mix of birch, pine, beech and oak, ensure a memorable round here at one of designer Tom Simpson's best.
Visitors welcome on weekdays; no visitors on weekends (except in July & Aug).
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 24; women 28.
Players generally walk this course.
Golf de Fontainebleau is located just a mile or two away from the fabulous Château de Fontainebleau (aka Palace of Fontainebleau), which is now a national museum.
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: 3rd best course in France (Golf World, 2022).
Europe: 3rd best course in continental Europe (Golf World, 2022).
27 place Napoléon Bonaparte, 77300 Fontainebleau.
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