As this is my first course review, I will start with my home course: Golf de Saint Germain. As a course, this classic Harry Colt has hosted numerous French Opens, and every year hosts one major Amateur Event. Until the 80s the course was frequently referred to as an inland links. That was before the club installed its automatic watering system.
The course is known for its massive greens, which are its best defence. Four very tough and gorgeous par 3s remind the connoisseur that he is on a Colt Design. Located in the middle on an old Royal Forest, my guests are often amazed by the wide range of specimen trees, and on the 14th, one will be able to marvel at an oak tree dating from the XVII century.
As a club, Saint Germain is elite in the Paris area. That ensures that the course is always in great condition and apart from lunchtime at weekends, there is no need to reserve a tee time … and also …make sure to have lunch on the terrace overlooking the 9th green and 1st tee.
Now for my member’s tip: if at all possible, one should tee off at around 5-6 pm in June & July. As the sun sets on the fairways, the light, the shadows, the trees … the course’s beauty is magnified. Nature takes back its course: the deer come out, the rabbits run around the forest …great stuff !
Enjoy Saint Germain
Date: April 27, 2016