Golf Club du Domaine Imperial

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   Golf Club du Domaine Imperial Est. 1988

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Golf Club du Domaine Imperial is usually rated Switzerland's best golf course, its prestigious reputation based on strong credentials. Located on the shoreline of Lake Geneva, the palatial clubhouse was originally built for a Bonaparte Prince. Laid out behind the Villa Prangins, the excellently maintained course signals one of legendary designer Pete Dye's rare excursions into Europe.

Although the 18th green and the clubhouse provide the only real opportunity to view Lake Geneva, the layout offers two contrasting nines and an abundance of thoroughly absorbing golf. For many, the front-nine is the most challenging and scenic, played through a charming woodland of towering, mature trees. The variety of flora is stunning, with several pleasing green-to-tee strolls through the woodland. At the par-4 9th the layout transforms to a more open and modern parkland style, where earthmounding and smaller trees define the holes. Big hitters will feel more at home on this inward nine.

Although an attractive stream meanders through parts of the front-nine, threatening water hazards are largely absent. The exception is a large pond that protects the par-5 16th. The two mid-length front-nine par-3s are complemented by two short par-3s on the back-nine: the 12th played to a heavily bunkered plateau green, the downhill 15th to a slender putting surface.

In trademark Dye fashion the bunkers here are many and varied, often mischievously concealed by grassy bunker walls. Long ribbon-like sand traps line several fairways. Around the greens a mix of pot bunkers, coffin-style traps and deep conventional bunkers are joined by grassy mounds and hollows, as well as slick run-off areas.

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Golf Club du Domaine Imperial
Villa Prangins,
Gland, nr Nyon, Vaud CH-1196
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Office   +41 (0)22 999 06 00
Pro Shop   +41 (0)22 999 06 80

  +44 (0)22 999 06 06

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Golf Pro
Tim Huyton / Graham Kaye
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined parkland.
Gently undulating terrain - no effort to walk.
Surroundings: Woodland. The course is adjacent to Lake Geneva, but without direct lakeside holes; the clubhouse lawn is directly lakeside.
Designer: Pete Dye
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Metres 6339 5913 5023
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 73.4 70.8 71.4
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How2Get There?

26 km N of Geneve
From Hwy 1 between Geneva and Lausanne, take exit 12 (Gland) and head south-east on Ave Mont Blanc, direction Gland. After 2 km (passing through Gland) turn right at T-junction onto Rte 1, direction Nyon. After o.6 km turn left into golf entrance, and follow road to Clubhouse.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes: CHF 200 (weekdays only). [Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on Tues thru' Friday (8:30 to noon). Only members and their invited guests on weekends and weekday afternoons. Closed Mondays. Course open all year.  Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: 30. Proof of handicap required.
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Other Information
Soft spikes only (April thru' Oct). Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire if booked in advance.

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Did you know?

Domaine Imperial's impressive lakefront clubhouse was built in 1860 as the "Villa Prangins" for Prince Napolean (1822-1891), son of Jerome Bonaparte and nephew of Napolean Bonaparte. The golf course was built in 1986/87, during which time excavations revealed the signs of some earlier golf holes, possibly created by Charles Lucas, an Englishman who bought the Domaine in 1876.

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Published Ranking
2016 Golf World rating: 51st best course in continental Europe.
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Latitude: (46.397913)
Longitude: (6.281256)
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Hotel Le Rive, Nyon 4-star
Rue de Rive 15, CH-1260 Nyon.
+41 22 552 2080

Sharing the same service vision under the Hotels de Rive flag, and adjacent to each other on the banks of Lake Geneva in Nyon, Le Rive and Le Beau Rivage hotels offer wonderful lake views and panoramic vistas of the Mont Blanc range of the Alps. Extensively renovated, the two hotels offer 80 individual rooms, suites and apartments, as well as a wide selection of dining, lounges, bar and brasserie options.

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Golf within 10 km Domaine Imperial; Bonmont; Divonne
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Golf within 30 km Maison Blanche; Geneve
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Hôtel La Barcarolle 4-star
Route de Promenthoux, 1197 Prangins, Switzerland
+41 22 365 78 78

Receiving guests since 1999, the 4-star La Barcarolle is located a stone’s throw from the Roman town of Nyon, facing the Alps. The hotel stands in a splendid property on the shores of Lake Geneva, ready to submerge its guests in a world of top-quality service, peace and relaxation.

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Golf within 10 km Domaine Imperial; Bonmont
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Golf within 30 km Divonne; Maison Blanche
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