François Gacougnolle

Fran├žois is our Alpine Correspondent who learned to play golf in France over 20 years ago. Despite his 20+ handicap his love for golf has blossomed and he has played some 300 courses in numerous countries near and far from his base in Switzerland. His current favourite courses include Elie, East Lake, Lausanne, Biella, Chantilly (Vineuil) and Les Aisses, but he is always willing to explore fairways and rough at new venues.

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Sempachersee (Woodside) 30/10/2017

9th Switzerland Ranking
This course is often presented as the longest course in Switzerland from the championship tees with a total length of 6637 meters. Even from the yellow tees it is a respe...

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Andermatt Swiss Alps 30/10/2017

10th Switzerland Ranking
The golf course at Andermatt opened in 2016, and we went to play it in August 2017. We were expecting a course “in training” with its major features still in the future....

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Halmstad (Norra) 14/08/2017

3rd Sweden Ranking 45th Continental Europe Ranking
When I told a friend I was going to play the North course at Halmstad, he said: « Be very careful, it is a forest course so make sure you take many balls with you! » In f...

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Ljunghusen (1-18) 06/08/2017

14th Sweden Ranking
Is the Ljunghusen golf course (1-18) a true links, or a maritime heathland course? I will let the debaters argue on. I simply had quite an experience at this golf club an...

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Falsterbo 03/08/2017

2nd Sweden Ranking 24th Continental Europe Ranking
Falsterbo and its surrounding area have long been a summer vacation spot for Swedes. This explains why the golf club was founded in 1909, and is the third oldest of the c...

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Vasatorp (TC) 28/07/2017

9th Sweden Ranking
Vasatorps Golfklubb’s Tournament course is a pretty unusual design, and several times during my round did I stop and wondered about the solutions the architects used to m...

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Gut Altentann 22/06/2017

4th Austria Ranking
Going to play a Jack Nicklaus course for the first time, one always has (or should have) high expectations. Mr. Nicklaus is known for his well-entrenched rules of golf co...

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Föhrenwald 22/06/2017

13th Austria Ranking
Föhrenwald may have lost its main claim to fame, the Ladies European tour event which took place eight years in a row at this location, but it is still a very good golf c...

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Fontana 15/06/2017

2nd Austria Ranking 91st Continental Europe Ranking
I have to admit that when I drove into the Fontana golf club premises, I was shocked. I had driven through the west of Austria, hill after valley and mountain after gorge...

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Adamstal 15/06/2017

1st Austria Ranking 85th Continental Europe Ranking
If you are planning to play golf in Austria, and especially if you are anywhere around Vienna, Adamstal is a must and will most probably be the highlight of your experien...

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Eichenheim 13/06/2017

7th Austria Ranking
When it comes to mountain golf courses, there is always a lot of room for discussion and controversy as to the value of the course, the difficulty due to terrain or distr...

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Malaga 01/11/2016

29th Southern Spain - Best in Area 64th Spain Ranking
On paper, given its history, its design (apparently quite classic parkland, even though a few holes are very close to the Mediterranean sea), and its length which at 6,25...

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Guadalhorce 01/11/2016

60th Southern Spain - Best in Area
Guadalhorce may not be the most technical test for your golf, but it is no pushover at 6,252 meters from the back tees, almost 6,000 from the men’s and still 5,122 from t...

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Torrequebrada 29/10/2016

39th Southern Spain - Best in Area 83rd Spain Ranking
When you go to the Málaga-Marbella region, you expect most of the courses to be built on undulating terrain, but maybe not as much, or not as “wild” a design as Torrequeb...

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Lauro 24/10/2016

70th Southern Spain - Best in Area
Upon arriving at Lauro, we were impressed by the clubhouse, an old farmhouse with its very pleasant square courtyard planted with orange trees (all of the oranges very gr...

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Mijas (Los Olivos) 19/10/2016

41st Southern Spain - Best in Area 86th Spain Ranking
This course leaves a very good impression. Its condition is quite good, the greens were not very fast when we played but still quite enjoyable, and the environment is usu...

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Bossey 10/10/2016

27th South East France - Best in Area 100th France Ranking
The access to this golf club is through a winding uphill road through the village of Bossey, facing the very steep and very high Salève mountain just south of Geneva. Jus...

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Font del Llop 08/09/2016

42nd Southern Spain - Best in Area 88th Spain Ranking
I played the course on January 2nd, 2015, and I can testify that this course will stand the test of winter with high colors. It was a very nice day, but still wintery (i....

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Biella 31/08/2016

3rd Northern Italy - Best in Area 3rd Italy Ranking 56th Continental Europe Ranking
I played Biella - Le Betulle this past weekend, under a scorching sun and without a cloud in sight. The course was being used mostly that day by young golfers under 16 wh...

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