GOLFPOST.DE ANALYSES SUCCESS OF LE GOLF NATIONAL
Online magazine about the ingredients necessary for becoming an Open de France and Ryder Cup venue
Heeding the call of former FFG President Claude Roger Carter, Architect Hubert Chesneau designed two topographically extremely diverse 18-hole and one 9-hole training course on an areal covering 139 hectares of unused former farmland easily within reach of Paris. It took 2,2 million cubic metres of earth, great manpower, much expertise and a good eye for public interests until the venue was introduced to the market in 1990.
The result was exhilarating, if not puristic as the Golfpost.de author describes the Albatros as a mix of characteristics reminiscent of a Links course, however featuring an abundance of pott bunkers, water hazards and other risk-and-reward elements. And it was not only the venue itself, that convinced the Ryder-Cup management to pick Le Golf National. The proximity to Paris and the Versailles Castle may have charmed the committee just as much. "Passion, Prestige, Panache" – the claim with which the venue had closed its application film is characteristic for the feel of the place and a great promise for ravishing golf moments.
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