nr Senlis, Picardie F-60128
18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
9-hole par-36 Vallière course (2562 metres from back tees) ... a 9-hole course that excellently complements the main course ... not to be missed!
45 km N of centre of Paris.
Take exit 7 (Survilliers) from the A1 north of Paris. Follow the D10/D126 direction Plailly, then the D922 to Mortefontaine. In the middle of Mortefontaine take the D607 to Golf Club.
Golf de Morfontaine: Located in the Forêt d'Ermenonville, one of three great forests to the north of Paris, this very natural and excellently maintained golf course is frequently ranked as one of the best in France. As a private club its gates are closed to outside visitors. If you should be invited to play, grab the opportunity with both hands; you will be in for a treat.
From the English style clubhouse to the individually crafted tree-lined holes, Morfontaine exudes a tranquil and aristocratic air. The usually good-width fairways are sometimes trimmed with heather, while each hole is handsomely flanked on both sides by the mature pine forest. With no water hazards to worry about, the key to scoring lies in your approach play, with the large and undulating greens defended by a stylish array of bunkering.
On a couple of occasions a blind drive is required, as at the par-4 8th that takes you up and over a small hill. For many members the straight and bunkerless par-4 10th is a favourite. One of the toughest holes on the course is the good-length par-4 16th. A fairway-crossing band of heather is in range from the tee, and a challenging uphill approach must be played to a well-defended green.
Laid out by the great Tom Simpson, designer of some other notable courses around Paris and further north in Belgium, Morfontaine is an elegant tree-lined parkland classic. Not one for the "grip-it and rip-it" brigade, but definitely for golfers who like a worthy challenge in a splendidly quiet woodland setting.
Morfontaine is a private club. Guests may only play if hosted by a member.
Players generally walk this course.
Golf de Morfontaine was founded in 1913 by Armand de Gramont, Duc de Guiche on a former polo ground in the park Vallière. Gramont enlisted the Scottish golf course architect Tom Simpson to create a 9-hole course (Vallière) on which Gramont and his friends could play. After the First World War, Gramont decided to build a larger 18-hole course. With financial backing from some friends (including d'Edward Esmond, Armand Benedic, René Thion de La Chaume and Edouard de Rothschild), Tom Simpson was commissioned to create the "Grand Parcours". The course was ready for play in 1927, and the club opened its doors to a limited membership.
France: No.1 course in France (Golf Digest, 2020).
Europe: No.1 course in Europe (excl Britain & Ireland) (Golf World, 2019).
World: 41st best course in the world (GOLF magazine, 2020/21).
Route De Plailly, 60520 La Chapelle En Serval
Tel: +33 (0)3 44 54 50 50Visit website
The Chateau nestles in a haven of greenery, its understated decor creating a chateau experience for contemporary times. The elegant simplicity of the interiors complemented by discreetly attentive service will impress even the most experienced traveller.
Raray, Apremont, Chantilly, Club du Lys.
Avenue de Verdun, Vineuil St Firmin, Chantilly F-60500.
+33 (0)3 44 58 47 77Visit website
The 4-star Dolce Chantilly Hotel has 200 rooms and suites and 23 meeting rooms, as well as restaurants and bars. It is also home to an 18-hole golf course (Dolce Chantilly, 18-holes, par-72, 6209 m) with fourteen holes skirting the edge of a forest, and four played directly behind the elegant hotel in a garden like setting. The prestigious Golf du Chantilly and its renowned Vineuil course is just over a kilometre away.
Chantilly (1.5 km)
Apremont; Club du Lys.
L'Isle Adam; Raray; Morfontaine (private).
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