Golf­ing Around Paris

Don’t be sur­prised. The French cap­i­tal of­fers some of the finest and most pres­ti­gious cour­ses in the world

Business Traveler (USA) - - CONTENTS - By Adam Ruck

CHAN­TILLY WHERE IS IT? 25 miles north of Paris.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? The orig­i­nal and most pres­ti­gious of many golf clubs in the area is close to the race­course Château de Chan­tilly and the world’s most pala­tial sta­ble block, Les Gran­des Ecuries – both fit­ting neigh­bors for a French clas­sic.

Vineuil is the thor­ough­bred of the two cour­ses and the best show­case for the work of Tom Simp­son, who com­pre­hen­sively re­designed the pre-ex­ist­ing course in the af­ter­math of the Great War.

Af­ter dam­age caused dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, Don­ald Steel cre­ated an ad­di­tional full-length course, Longères, out of a mix­ture of new and old holes. The rout­ing varies from one day to the next – make sure you go out with the right card.

Se­cluded, but not hemmed in, by for­est, the Vineuil lay­out is spa­cious, im­mac­u­lately pre­sented with min­i­mum clut­ter, and fair, with a close-cropped sward of gen­er­ous breadth, fur­rowed by waves of grass-revet­ted bunkers. Chan­tilly’s rough is a hay­field of no re­turn – don’t go there. The ter­rain is mostly flat but the go­ing gets steeper when a deep trench, like a nat­u­ral dry moat, comes into play for three ex­cit­ing holes at (or near) the end.

CON­TACT Golf de Chan­tilly, Al­lée de la Mé­nagerie; tel +33 344 570 443; golfdechan­tilly.com.

PRICE € 100 ($114) Mon-Wed, € 110 ($125) Fri; no vis­i­tors on the week­ends. Caddy avail­able with ad­vanced reser­va­tion; elec­tric cart € 25 ($28); cart € 8 ($9).

CLUB RENTAL € 30 ($34). CLUB HOURS 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM; closed Thurs­days.

MAX­I­MUM Men 26, women 32.

FA­CIL­I­TIES Vineuil 6,992 yards par 71; Longères 6,989 yards par 73; prac­tice area, putting green.

AF­TER THE GOLF Hats off in the club­house, please. Re­mem­ber who and where you are: a hum­ble pos­tu­lant in a holy place. Nick Faldo, Roberto de Vi­cenzo and other big names are on the Cham­pi­ons board, among the win­ners of Chan­tilly’s ten French Opens.

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