18 Route de Golf,
- +33 (0) 1 3469 9000
N1 from Paris city centre then off the D104
Tuesday to Friday
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The Paris International Golf Club lies to the north of Paris city centre and is the only Jack Nicklaus signature course in all of France. Located beside the Montmorency Forest, it was opened in 1991 and hosted the French Ladies Open twice in its formative years, in 1997 and 1999.
More recently, the course was sold to the Bluegreen Group, a French company that manages more than twenty top golf clubs (including Gujan, Limere and Seignosse) and their stated aim is to “offer easy access to golf in an easygoing environment, so that as many people as possible are encouraged to take up and enjoy the game”.
The course is routed over hilly terrain with ponds to be negotiated at half the holes on the card, especially at the downhill, par five 18th that plays to an island green. Purists may wince at the size of two trademark Nicklaus waste bunkers between holes 5 and 6 and to the right of the 8th hole but they are the only non-native excesses to be found on the course, thank goodness.
Paris International is laid out in two loops of nine that begin and end near the clubhouse. Many consider the outward half to be the better of the two nines and the recommendation here is to play the forest holes from 10 to 18 then savour the superior, more open, front nine at the end of your round.
Played here in May 2017. The huge stainless doors, and the fountain in front which greets you turning into the entrance is a sign of things to come. I understand that very few French play this course, which is open only to foreign visitors and pro's, but it is a majestic course. Every kind of tree surrounds mainly wide fairways leading up to difficult greens, but a wonderful experience. The course was in superb condition, and I think we were the only ones playing that day! It was a real surprise and most certainly worth another visit.