Paris International Golf Club lies to the north of Paris city centre and it's the only Jack Nicklaus signature course in all of France, which the Golden Bear fashioned with his associate Ron Kirby. Located beside the Montmorency Forest, it first opened in 1991 and played host to the French Ladies Open twice in its formative years, in 1997 and 1999.
More recently, the course was sold to the Bluegreen Group, a French company that manages more than twenty top golf clubs (including Gujan-Mestras, Limère and Seignosse) and their stated aim is to “offer easy access to golf in an easy-going environment, so that as many people as possible are encouraged to take up and enjoy the game”.
The course is routed over hilly terrain with ponds to be negotiated at half the holes on the card, especially at the par three 13th, where the green is positioned behind a small waterfall on a formal water hazard. The downhill, par five 18th also plays to an island green so there's no shortage of aquatic challenge here.
Paris International is laid out in two loops of nine that begin and end near the clubhouse. Many consider the outward half to be the better of the two nines and the recommendation is to play the forest holes from 10 to 18 then savour the superior, more open, front nine at the end of your round.
Played here in May 2017. The huge stainless doors, and the fountain in front which greets you turning into the entrance is a sign of things to come. I understand that very few French play this course, which is open only to foreign visitors and pro's, but it is a majestic course. Every kind of tree surrounds mainly wide fairways leading up to difficult greens, but a wonderful experience. The course was in superb condition, and I think we were the only ones playing that day! It was a real surprise and most certainly worth another visit.