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.
The choice of courses around Toulouse is not huge but for anyone in the area looking for a game of golf, Palmola is probably the best choice. Laid out in the forest of Buzet, accuracy is preferable than length, especially since the club has recently added 8 new ladies tees to make the course more playable off the red markers.
The course is usually in excellent condition although it can get very heavy in the winter months. The club is 1 year into a 5 year plan to renovate the course which will include new drainage, bunkering and tree work.
The greens tend to be rather flat, surrounded by sand on both sides but are true. Holes to note include the 2nd, with a 60ft drop down to the green, usually with a mid to long iron, water left and behind, followed by a par 3 back over the water. The 12th provides a spectacular view and is drivable but beware out of bounds on the right. The 3 finishing holes can ruin a good card, but the recently refurbished clubhouse awaits, with it's terrace overlooking the 18th green serving excellent food.