Golf National (Albatros course)

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   Golf National (Albatros course) Est. 1990

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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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Making Contact

Golf National
Avenue du Golf,
Guyancourt, Ile-de-France F-78286
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Office   +33 (0)1 30 43 36 00
Pro Shop   +33 (0)1 30 43 36 00

  +33 (0)1 30 43 85 58

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Golf Pro
Paul Armitage (Director of Golf)
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Open parkland.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Rural countryside.
Designer: Hubert Chesneau, in collaboration with Rick Baril & Robert von Hagge (of von Hagge Design Associates).
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
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).
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How2Get 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.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2018 visitor fee, 18-holes in high season: €200 (all days). [Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 24.5; women 28.5.
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Other Information
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire. Caddies available.

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

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

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Published Ranking
2016 Golf World rating: 17th best course in continental Europe.
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Latitude: (48.753141)
Longitude: (2.075249)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in

Hotel Novotel Saint Quentin Golf National 4-star
1 ave du Golf, 78114 Magny-les-Hameaux
+33 (0)1 30 57 65 65

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)
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Golf within 10 km No
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Golf within 30 km La Boulie; St Nom-la-Breteche; St Cloud; Feucherolles; Joyenval; Bethemont; St Germain; Courson; Rochefort.
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Trianon Palace Versailles 5-star
1 Boulevard de la Reine, 78000 Versailles
+33 (0) 1 30 84 50 00

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
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Golf within 10 km No
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Golf within 30 km St Nom-la-Breteche; La Boulie; Golf National; St Cloud; Feucherolles; Joyenval; Bethemont; St Germain
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