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Golf National

Avenue du Golf,

Guyancourt, Ile-de-France F-78286

  • Office

    +33 (0)1 30 43 36 00
  • Pro shop

    +33 (0)1 30 43 36 00
  • Fax

    +33 (0)1 30 43 85 58
  • Golf pro

    Paul Armitage (Director of Golf)
  • Academy

    Golf National School of Golf

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Rural countryside.

  • Designer:

    Robert von Hagge & Rick Baril (of von Hagge Design Associates), with input from French Golf Federation project manager Hubert Chesneau.

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Metres
6695
5845
5090
Par
72
72
72
SSS or slope
78
74.3
75.9

At the same location:

Above distances are for the Albatros course. Also at Le Golf National are the 18-hole Aigle/Eagle course (par-71; 5,961 m from back tees) and the 9-hole Oiselet/Little Bird course (par-32; 1,955 m from mens tees).

Location

Latitude:

48.753141

Longitude:

2.075249

How to get there:

25 km SW of centre of Paris.

From the N12 in the southwest of Paris, take exit 4 (Versailles-Centre) onto the D91 and head south direction Guyancourt. After 5 km bear right off the D91 and follow Toutes Directions; do not follow direction Voisins le Bx into the underpass. At roundabout take the third exit, direction Golf National. After o.7 km turn left into golf.

Golf National (Albatros course)

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.

Est. 1990

Le Golf National (Albatros course): Selected as the 2018 Ryder Cup venue, Le Golf National's Albatros course, is the best and arguably toughest public access golf course in France. Many would say it is actually France's best course, period. Morfontaine and Les Bordes are rated higher by some golf writers, but these are private clubs, only open to the scrutiny of their well-heeled members.

With a "wingspan" that can stretch to well over 7,300 yards from the tips, the Albatros's opening par-4 drops down to a water defended green, then its back across the same small lake at the challenging par-3 2nd. And so you enter this wonderfully natural park and golf oasis, where your game will be tested to the full. The open linksy environment and undulating terrain (originally quite flat) contrasts with many of Paris's flatter tree-lined layouts. Excellent definition is given to the holes by an array of water hazards, rolling mounds and stylish bunkering, while long fescue grasses and gorse-like bushes lie in wait for wayward drives.

Dune-like mounding has given a British links feel to much of the course, while the water-laden closing stretch is more American in character - a perfect balance for the Ryder Cup. Water hazards not only threaten at the opening duo, but also return with a vengeance on the very testing closing four-hole stretch. The par-4 15th doglegs right onto what is virtually an island green, while the island also plays home to the green of the longer par-4 18th.

The putting surfaces here are large and fast, and the whole site excellently maintained as a standard-bearer for golf in France. The Albatross is a must play course if you are in the Paris area, and one that will develop even greater notoriety once the 2018 Ryder Cup has been played-out.

Stay & Play at Le Golf National: onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.

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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 24.5; women 28.5.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (May, June & Sept): €220 (all days); in April, July, Aug & Oct €200; other months €145.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire. Caddies available.

Practice facilities

Excellent

Did you know?

Golf National's Albatros course has hosted many top-level tournaments including the French Open championship on many occasions. As venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup matches, the Albatros joined an elite band of golf courses in Europe and America that have hosted this most famous of golfing events. For more details view Top Golf Tournaments at Golf National, Albatros course.

Published ranking

Albatros course:
France: 2nd best course in France (Golf Digest, 2020).
Europe: 22nd best course in Europe (excl Britain & Ireland) (Golf World, 2019).

Where2Stay

  • Hotel Novotel Saint Quentin Golf National4-star

    1 ave du Golf, 78114 Magny-les-Hameaux

    +33 (0)1 30 57 65 65

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    Located alongside the prestigious courses of Golf National (annual host to the French Open tournament), the hotel offers 131 modern rooms, 12 meeting rooms and an auditorium for hosting a full array of professional and private events. The restaurant, clubhouse, bar and swimming pool are centers for relaxation, dedicated to your well-being.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Golf National (Albatros, Aigle and Oiselet courses)

    • Golf within 10 km:

      No

    • Golf within 30 km:

      La Boulie; St Nom-la-Breteche; St Cloud; Feucherolles; Joyenval; Bethemont; St Germain; Courson; Rochefort.

  • Trianon Palace Versailles5-star

    1 Boulevard de la Reine, 78000 Versailles

    +33 (0) 1 30 84 50 00

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    The Trianon Palace Versailles, a member of The Waldorf Astoria Collection, is one of Paris's leading luxury retreats. Located close to the Chateau de Versailles, this fashionable hotel recently benefitted from a full-scale redesign, adding an air of modern elegance to an atmosphere of regal luxury. Here you can enjoy lavishly appointed accommodation, an excellent Gordon Ramsay restaurant, the Spa Guerlain and a beautiful, heated, indoor swimming pool.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 10 km:

      No

    • Golf within 30 km:

      St Nom-la-Breteche; La Boulie; Golf National; St Cloud; Feucherolles; Joyenval; Bethemont; St Germain

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