Bondues (Hawtree) - North East France - France

Golf de Bondues,
Château de la Vigne,
59910 Bondues,
France


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The Golf de Bondues estate and its magnificent manoir was fashioned in the late 18th century but, over time, the property fell into disrepair. In the 1960s, local businessmen came up with a plan to develop the estate for residential use, incorporating a golfing element into the design.

Fred Hawtree, who’d recently worked on a similar project at Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche outside Paris, was engaged to fashion an 18-hole course and Robert Trent Jones Sr. was also asked to plan a 9-hole layout (to which his son Robert Trent Jones Jr. added another nine holes years later, which is now called Trent Jones).

Today, the course measures 6,227 metres from the back tees, playing to a par of 73 (37 out and 36 in) with two returning nines. Highlight holes include the 387-metre 8th (stroke index 1) which doglegs left to the green, and the last of the par threes at the heavily sand-protected 183-metre 14th.

The Peugeot Golf Guide describes the course as follows in this edited extract:

“Bondues is one of the great traditional clubs from the Lille region. The Hawtree course is the oldest and was designed in pure British tradition with a lot of small water hazards but trees very much in play and bunkers that, although hardly original in shape and design, are always astutely placed.”

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Description: The “traditionally English” Hawtree course offers a contrasting game of golf to that played on its “American-style” sibling, the Trent Jones layout, at the glorious 36-hole Golf de Bondues club. Rating: 6 out of 10 Reviews: 2
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Johnathan hubbard

Similar to the trent jones in terms of conditioning and surrounding properties. The front 9 was disappointing. It has plenty of length but generally straight holes laid out without much strategy or interest. Bunkers are big but featureless . The back nine was a big improvement with doglegs , angles and strategic bunkers asking you to take them on or lay up short . The par 3 16th was 220 yards to the back pin , with an angled green protected by bunkers and a big step at the back 3/4 of the green to a plateau for a well protected pin position.

If the front nine matched the quality of the back , the Hawtree would be higher rated. It’s still a good test and worth playing The members are lucky to have two very good courses.

June 25, 2022
5 / 10
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Cédric

Bondues is a model member's club. 36 holes and competitive teams in all categories. I'll always have a crush for this place as it used to be my home. I always think of Bondues with nostalgia. And to be completely objective, both courses are worth it, the Hawtree being the more traditional.

June 01, 2022
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