Situated on the southern edge of the Fôret de Buzet, less than half an hour’s drive from Toulouse city centre, the course at Golf Club de Paloma is a mid-1970s Michael Fenn design that was literally carved from the heavily wooded landscape.
Measuring 6,156 metres from the back tees, the course plays to a par of 72, with an unusual finishing stretch featuring par threes at the 16th and 18th. In between these two holes, the 422-metre 17th is rated stroke index 2 on the card – that’s quite a unique trio to conclude a round of golf.
The club hosted the first six editions of the now defunct Toulouse Open on the European Challenge Tour in 2000, before the event moved on to Golf de Toulouse-Seilh for seven years.
The Peugeot Golf Guide describes the course as follows in this edited extract:
“The course is a lesson in respect for the environment where a number of holes provide splendid views over the Tarn river. With enough variety never to be boring, Michael Fenn’s layout has avoided parallel holes and provides a nicely balanced course, alternating difficult holes with the not so difficult.