Avenue du Golf,
Guyancourt, Ile-de-France F-78286
18 holes. Open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Robert von Hagge & Rick Baril (of von Hagge Design Associates), with input from French Golf Federation project manager Hubert Chesneau.
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).
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.
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.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 24.5; women 28.5.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire. Caddies available.
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.
France: 2nd best course in France (Golf Digest, 2020).
Europe: 22nd best course in Europe (excl Britain & Ireland) (Golf World, 2019).
1 ave du Golf, 78114 Magny-les-Hameaux
+33 (0)1 30 57 65 65Visit website
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 National (Albatros, Aigle and Oiselet courses)
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1 Boulevard de la Reine, 78000 Versailles
+33 (0) 1 30 84 50 00Visit website
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.
St Nom-la-Breteche; La Boulie; Golf National; St Cloud; Feucherolles; Joyenval; Bethemont; St Germain
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