Open de France

The Open de France was instituted in 1906, making it the oldest national championship in continental Europe. It’s been played as a 72-hole competition annually since then, apart from 1915 to 1919 due to World War I and from 1940 to 1945 during World War II. Under the leadership of the French Federation President, Pierre Deschamps, the Omnium Grand Championship was organised for the first time on the 30th of June and the 1st of July 1906 at Golf de La Boulie.

Despite the absence of the Great Triumvirate – Harry Vardon, James Braid and J. H. Taylor – the inaugural event was deemed a great success, especially as it was won by home favourite Arnaud Massy, who would return the following year to retain his title. Massy also struck a great blow for French golf in 1907 by becoming the first golfer outside the British Isles to win The Open.

Edward George Stoïber Cup - French Open trophy

Two years later, J. H. Taylor was also successful in defending the French title and he became the first champion to lift the Edward George Stoïber Cup, a magnificent silver trophy donated by Lena Stoiber in honour of her recently deceased husband. Stoiber, an American industrialist, had been a founding member of the Société de Golf de Paris at La Boulie and his wife deemed it a fitting tribute to present the silverware in his name for annual competition.

Massy would go on to win the French Open another twice, in 1911 and 1925, but neither J. H. Taylor nor Harry Vardon would triumph again. A couple of Scotsmen did, however: James Braid in 1910 and George Duncan in 1913 and1927. But it was Audrey Boomer from Jersey who stole the show in the tournament’s formative years, winning a record five times between 1921 and 1931.

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Open de France host courses

Barrière de Deauville (Rouge & Blanc)

9th North West France - Best in Area 62nd France Ranking

The 18-hole layout of first choice at l’Hôtel Barrière de Deauville comprises the 9-hole Rouge and Blanc nines, with the 9-hole Bleu as an additional playing option. The club hosted two editions of the French Open here in 1931 and 1956.

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Biarritz Le Phare

9th South West France - Best in Area 52nd France Ranking

The original course at Golf de Biarritz Le Phare, which was laid out by Tom and Willie Dunn in 1888, was one of the oldest on the European continent that was subsequently redesigned by Harry Colt in the 1920s...

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Chantaco

13th South West France - Best in Area 79th France Ranking

Golf de Chantaco dates back to 1928, when Harry Colt set out eighteen holes for the owner, René Thion de la Chaume. The French Open was held here in 1970 and more recently the Ladies Open de France.

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Chantilly (Vineuil)

2nd North East France - Best in Area 3rd France Ranking 7th Continental Europe Ranking

According to the old Big Bopper song, "Chantilly Lace had a pretty face and a wiggle in her walk". Golf de Chantilly is far more than a pretty face; it’s one of Europe’s most glorious courses.

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Dieppe-Pourville

46th North East France - Best in Area

Founded in 1897, Golf de Dieppe-Pourville is one of the oldest clubs in France (7th eldest to be precise) and its original seaside course was designed by Willie Park Junior.

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La Boulie (La Vallée)

18th North East France - Best in Area 43rd France Ranking

Owned by the Racing Club de France, La Boulie is a historically important golf site as it was the location for the first French Open championships in 1906, won by Arnaud Massy.

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La Nivelle

16th South West France - Best in Area 93rd France Ranking

Golf de la Nivelle dates back to 1907 when J.H. Taylor, five-time Open champion, laid out a course on a hilly site between the Atlantic fishing village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz and the Pyrénées for the founding members.

Le Touquet (La Mer)

6th North East France - Best in Area 9th France Ranking 29th Continental Europe Ranking

Le Touquet's stunning sea course, La Mer, is one of C.H. Alison's greatest achievements. It’s a classic links course that winds its way between the coastal dunes and rough grasses.

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Lyon (Les Brocards)

Gem France - Best in Area

Golf Club de Lyon dates back to 1919 but both 18-hole layouts at this golf facility (Les Brocards and Les Sangliers) are of a more recent vintage. The construction of a new main road in the early 1960s forced the club to move to its present location...

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Open de France Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 GLOAGUEN Courses Played 10
= Frederic Vooght Courses Played 10
= Brian Ward Courses Played 10
4 Olivier Sauberli Courses Played 9
5 Jim McCann Courses Played 8
= François Gacougnolle Courses Played 8
7 Martin Cibulskis Courses Played 7
8 Niall Courses Played 6
= Bob McCoy Courses Played 6
= Ryan Courses Played 6