Les Petits Rondis,
Saint Laurent-Nouan, nr Beaugency, Centre F-41220
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Robert von Hagge
Above distances are for the Old course. Also at Les Bordes is the 18-hole New course (par-72; 7391 yards from back tees), and 10-hole Wild Piglet course (par-30; 1557 yards; designed by Gil Hanse).
25 km SW of Orleans
Leave the A10 at exit 15 (Meung s/Loire). Follow signs to Beaugency. After 10 km, in Beaugency, follow signs to Chateauroux / Limoges and cross the bridge over the River Loire at L'Abbaye Hotel. Immediately after bridge, turn right onto the D925 direction Chateauroux / Limoges. After 5 km Les Bordes is signposted on your left (and is a further 2 km along a private road).
Les Bordes Golf Club (Old course): The friendship between Baron Bich (founder of Bic pens) and Yoshiaki Sakurai of Japan, provided the vision for a top-quality Stay&Play golf facility within easy reach of Paris. The resulting Robert von Hagge designed golf course at Les Bordes quickly became one of the jewels in France's golfing crown. Alas the club later closed its doors to outside visitors, and is operated exclusively as a members-only facility.
The course at Les Bordes lies in a natural and serenely peaceful area of woodland near Orleans in the Loire Valley. Though the terrain is relatively flat (making the appearance of so many buggies rather curious), von Hagge has conjured up variety at every turn. With its mix of woodland and more open aspects, tight lines from the tee and abundance of water, this is certainly a course that lays down a tough golfing challenge.
If you like a significant golfing challenge (designer von Hagge wouldn't have it any other way) and want to share a few hours with the resident wildlife (including deer, koypu, water fowl, eagles, etc) there are few better places in France than Les Bordes.
Pick of the holes: Both defended by water, the par-5 7th and par-5 14th are amongst Les Borde's most memorable. The 10th, without water, is also an excellent par-5, played to an elevated green.
Limited access: this is a private course generally playable only by members and their invited guests.
Private club - guests may only play if hosted by a member.
Players generally walk this course.
The Old Course at Les Bordes is often described as the masterpiece of American course designer Robert von Hagge. A former "Marlboro man", von Hagge has also designed several other well-known golf courses in Europe, including: the Albatros at Golf National and both the Courson courses in Paris, as well as Kempferhof, Royal Mougins, Seignosse, Emporda, Royal Sociedad Hipica Espanola (RSHE), Is Arenas, El Encin and Bogono. In the USA his many designs include the original "Blue Monster" course at Doral.
France: 3rd best course in France (Golf Digest, 2020).
Europe: 10th best course in Europe (excl Britain & Ireland) (Golf World, 2021).
There are plans for a Six Senses luxury hotel to open at Les Bordes in 2022.
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