Situated in the southwest corner of Switzerland where Lake Geneva flows into the Rhône River, Geneva is rated as one of the cities with the highest quality of living in the world. Just outside this modern metropolis, close to the French border, lies the beautiful parkland course of the Golf Club de Genève.
One of a select few European courses designed by Robert Trent Jones outside his main golfing centres of expertise in Italy, Spain, Portugal and France, the Geneva course was opened in 1972.
It enjoys stunning panoramic views across Lake Geneva and features many tree-lined, dog legged fairways, generously proportioned greens (especially the shared putting surface at the 9th and 18th holes) and water hazards at several holes – the best of these is the 176-yard, par three 17th hole where many a good round has come to grief.
I had the great fortune to play in the Rolex Trophy twice and fell in love with this course and the whole setting.
It's a course you can play every day and it won't bore you. It's eminently playable for all handicappers and provides a lasting impression, especially when finishing your round on the double green towards the end of both loops (9 and 18), leaving you right in front of the club house. Magic. Just don't knife the ball.
The greens are immaculate thanks to the sub air system and the course gives you different looks: there are doglegs left and right, shots over water, shots with water right or left, short and long holes. It's a delight to play and will keep you coming back for more.
The whole setting is spectacular and do have a chat with the caddy master. He's an icon and has seen it all.
If you're in the area, try to get a tee time here. You won't regret it.