Golf de Morfontaine

Mortefontaine,

nr Plailly, Hauts-de-France F-60128

  • Office

    +33 (0)3 44 54 68 27
  • Pro shop

    +33 (0)3 44 54 68 27
  • Fax

    +33 (0)3 44 54 92 47
  • Golf pro

    Julien Malafosse

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland.

  • Designer:

    Tom Simpson

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Metres
6070
5700
5300
Par
70
70
72
SSS or slope
131
130
132

At the same location:

Above distances are for the championship Grand Parcours. Also at Morfontaine is the nine-hole par-36 Vallière course (2562 metres from back tees) ... a nine-hole course that excellently complements the main course ... not to be missed!

Location

Latitude:

49.147439

Longitude:

2.600541

How to get there:

45 km N of centre of Paris.

From the autoroute A1, take exit 7 (Survilliers) and access club via Survilliers, Plailly and Mortefontaine, or exit 8 (Senlis) and access club via Senlis, Pontarmé and Thiers-sur-Thève.

Golf de Morfontaine

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.

Est. 1913

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.

Limited access: this is a private course generally playable only by members and their invited guests.

List of courses: Around Paris

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Private club - guests may only play if hosted by a member.

Green fees

Outside visitor fee not applicable; course exclusively for members and their guests.

Other information

Players generally walk this course.

Did you know?

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 nine-hole course (Vallière) on which Gramont and his friends could play.

After the First World War, Gramont decided to build a an 18-hole course alongside the Vallière. With financial backing from some friends (including d'Edward Esmond, Armand Benedic, René Thion de La Chaume and Edouard de Rothschild), he again commissioned Tom Simpson, this time to create the "Grand Parcours". The course was ready for play in 1927, and the club opened its doors to a limited membership.

Published ranking

Grand Parcours (Championship course):
France's No.1 course (Golf World, 2022).
Continental Europe's No.1 course (Golf World, 2023).
World's 41st best course (GOLF magazine, 2023/24)
Vallière course (nine-hole):
France's 12th best course.
Continental Europe's 43rd best course.

Where2Stay

  • Tiara Château Hôtel Mont Royal Chantilly5-star

    Route De Plailly, 60520 La Chapelle En Serval

    Tel: +33 (0)3 44 54 50 50

    Visit 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.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Morfontaine (7km)

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Raray, Apremont, Chantilly, Club du Lys.

  • Dolce Chantilly4-star

    Avenue de Verdun, Vineuil St Firmin, Chantilly F-60500.

    +33 (0)3 44 58 47 77

    Visit 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.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Chantilly (1.5 km)

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Apremont; Club du Lys.

    • Golf within 30 km:

      L'Isle Adam; Raray; Morfontaine (private).

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