Chateau du Breuil,
Monthieux, nr Lyons, Rhone-Alps F-01390
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Woodland and rural countryside.
Didier Fruchet and George Will
18-hole par-72 Le Breuil course (6578 m from the back tees)
30 km N of Lyon
From the A46 motorway to the north of Lyon, take exit 3 and follow the D1083, direction Villars les Dombes. After approx 9 km, in the village of Saint Andre de Corcy, turn left at second roundabout, onto the Route de Monthieux. Follow road for approx 5 km, passing through Monthieux, to Golf.
Le Golf du Gouverneur (Montaplan course): Located in the heart of France's Dombes region, Le Golf du Gouverneur (Governor's Golf in English) is a full-facility golf destination. With two 18-hole courses (Le Breuil and Montaplan), a 9-hole course, golf academy and on-site accommodation, there is plenty in this quiet, rural idyll to keep the golfer busily occupied.
Taking its name from one of two farms, on which the golf complex was created, the Montaplan course measures just under 5900 metres (6430 yds) from the tips, 700 metres shorter than Le Breuil, its more demanding and higher-rated companion course.
In keeping with the region's vast number of ponds, water plays its part on several of Montaplan's holes, especially from the par-4 11th through to the short par-4 15th. Two good sized ponds ensure water lurks alongside the fairways and around the greens throughout this stretch.
Like Le Breuil, there is a very natural feel to this layout, with no housing for miles around, and a pleasant interplay between the ponds, open rural countryside and some tree-lined sections, which come early in the round. The greens here are never overly large, and generally defended by large, shallow bunkers.
Although Montaplan's par-34 back-nine is the shortest of all the Governor's nine-hole loops, with no par-5s and six shortish par-4s, many locals will tell you that it is the most attractive loop, and therefore not to be overlooked.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
The owners of Le Golf du Gouverneur also own and operate another, equally enjoyable golf course, just 30 km to the north. Le Golf de la Bresse (see our listing under La Bresse) is just 12 km south-east of the bustling market town of Bourg-en-Bresse.
Château du Breuil, 01390 Monthieux
+33 (0)4 72 26 42 00Visit website
The ancient outbuildings of the Breuil castle and its modern extension, offer you 53 very comfortable air-conditioned bedrooms and suites (two with jacuzzis), overlooking the golf courses and the hotel's landscaped gardens, fountains and swimming pool.
Gouverneur (Le Breuil and Montaplan courses)
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