Built in the 17th century for the Maréchal de Créqui, the magnificent Château du Champ-de-Bataille castle and its formal gardens lie between the small villages of Le Neubourg and Sainte-Opportune-du-Bosc in the Eure department of Normandy.
The golf course in the southeast portion of the property is a Robin Nelson design, built in conjunction with landscape architects Thierry Huau and Herve Rosset, with fairways carved through dense woodland when the estate was developed in the late 1980s.
Measuring just over 6,000 metres and playing to a par of 72, the course is set in an out-and-back fashion which only allows golfers to return to the clubhouse after playing the 18th. Highlight holes include the water-laden par three 5th and tough par four 13th.
The Peugeot Golf Guide describes the course as follows in this edited extract:
“This hilly course is a beautiful stroll through the woods, where some magnificent trees leave enough room for decently-sized fairways. The bland first and last holes, originally inspired by French-style gardens, have been replaced by a couple of holes designed by J.M. Rossi.”