François Gacougnolle

François 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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Murhof 16/10/2019

8th Austria Ranking
Murhof is the oldest golf course of Styria (Steiermark in German), the southeastern region of Austria. It is set in an unlikely place: whether you drive from Vienna or Gr...

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Schloss Schönborn (1-18) 16/10/2019

3rd Austria Ranking
Schloss Schönborn may be “just” a classic parkland course, but it has to be one of the classiest ones around, and the whole day there was such an experience I rate this g...

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Colony Club Gutenhof (West) 14/10/2019

5th Austria Ranking
Almost 6,500 meters from the back tees, this course may be flat but it is no joke… even less so for the golfers starting from any tees forward! In fact, the club has 6 se...

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Santa Clara 16/02/2019

73rd Southern Spain - Best in Area
Santa Clara Golf Club was clearly created to share players with (or take away from) the course located 200 meters away, Marbella Golf & Country Club which has been a star...

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Cabopino 16/02/2019

68th Southern Spain - Best in Area
Looking at the scorecard, it seems that Cabopino could be a benign course, with a total length of « only » 5,193 meters from the back tees. In fact, there are only three...

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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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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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