Le Golf National - The Albatros
The Albatros at Le Golf National has now established itself as one of Europe’s flagship golf courses, after hosting one of the most memorable Ryder Cups since the tournament began. Along with this it is the host for the European Tour’s Rolex Series Event, the Open de France. The Hubert Chesneau and Robert Von Hagge design provides a stern challenge to the games elite, and is certainly a bucket list experience for all level of golfers.
The course consists of fast undulating greens, firm and fast fairways and links style bunkers; the perfect combination of a traditional links course with a twist of modern target golf. After its 7 million Euro investment prior to the Ryder Cup, you will be sure to experience the golf course in superb condition all year round. The Albatros course requires golfers to utilise every club in their artillery and punishes inconsistent play. The final four holes are as good a finish as you will ever find and will be sure to provide drama, with numerous huge water hazards awaiting any lose shots. So whether you are playing for the 1 million Euro winners check at the Open de France, or the first round in the clubhouse, you will be sure to love every step of your round at this superb venue.
Bar, Buggy Hire, Changing Facilities, Driving Range, Golf lessons with PGA Professionals, Par 72, Pro Shop, Putting Green, Short game practice area
As a par-72 and measuring 6854 yards, this course bears the most intense challenge in the Paris region therefore it would be untrue to say that this magnificent course is not worthy to become the Ryder Cup venue in 2018. Once it was announced, the European Golf Design commenced work to renovate aspects of the course. For example, a pond has been constructed in front of the green on the 11th hole, and the waste area between the 4th and 5th holes has been removed.
The true highlights of this course include the risk and reward nature featuring in several holes. There are several driveable par 4s and 5s where the golfer must play safe with punishing hazards lining the green. The player is immediately thrown in the deep end from the very first hole, where they must tackle a blind drive around a corner, then face the long approach over the first lake.
The Albatros course at Le Golf National certainly provides an unforgettable round of golf with an intense challenge, making it imperative you play with you’re A-game. With holes of alternating levels of difficulty, featuring streams, spacious bunkers, dog legs and domed greens, this course is one for the bucket list.