We played Le National after rounds at Fontainebleau and Saint Germain and while the course in no way disgraced itself it has to be said it felt like a corporate golf course laid out to provide more entertainment for the television audience than the average golfer. It didn’t really bother me that the course was on the verges of an industrial park in the Paris suburbs. If you are looking for beautiful surroundings then Carnoustie probably would never make it onto your list of courses to play either. The fact that the clubhouse is really part of a Novotel is, again, not the end of the world.
Presumably no-one comes here expecting history. If you come looking for a modern-day Europen Ryder Cup course then you will get exactly that. Unfortunately, in early May the greens were slow and bumpy and the fairways patchy and in need of maintenance. The holes had some challenge and almost two months later I can remember at least half a dozen of them clearly which, for me, is unusual!
The last four are set around water and will without a doubt provide a great finish to the Ryder Cup in 2018. For British readers it’s a little like the 2010 at Celtic Manor crossed with the Belfry. A bit of a slog, all a bit boring but it could be worse. You could be playing the Centenary at Gleneagles...
Date: June 29, 2012