Golf de Reims: course review

We travel to France's Champagne region to play Golf de Reims

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Mon, 27 Jun 2016

(Clubhouse at Golf de Reims)

Golf de Reims is a two-hour drive north east of Paris in France’s Champagne region.

It’s a Golfy course, affording those with a membership card a 25% discount on green fees, making it superb value for money.

The course was first built in 1928, although what you find today bears little resemblance to the original nine-hole layout.

The impressive clubhouse predates the track considerably, and will be particularly intriguing to history buffs.

The moated castle was built for Henry IV, who ruled from 1589 to 1610. It was used to house his mistresses (or birdies).

It is a spectacular building, which provides the perfect setting for post-round food and drink. No matter what score you card, its beauty will help take the edge off, or will aid your celebrations.

(Golf de Reims)

The region is famed for its alcoholic beverage, and that translates to the golf course. You won’t forget where you are as you make your way around – every hole is named after a champagne house.

The opening hole doglegs sharply to the left, requiring players to either work their ball off the tee or hit an iron and play for position.

This is a recurring theme in the round, with many of the holes requiring guile over brawn.

As you get past the first few holes, the layout becomes more forested, with trees lining the fariways being the prominent hazard.

Strategically placed bunkers should make players stop and think off the tee, although there is generally space to open your shoulders with the big stick in hand.

The greens run true, and are generally tough, with many posing double breaks.

(Golf de Reims)

The mid-section of the round weaves its way through forested grounds, with multiple straight par fours offering decent chances to pick up shots. 

The 12th sticks in the mind – a shortish par-three played over a pond. The relatively large green should see most make par, but the water looms large for the tetchy player.

The finish is a delious garnish at the end of a memorable meal. The par four gently bends to the right, but players must not cut off too much of the dogleg or they’ll be taking a trip to the drink. The lake dominates the right side of the hole, stretching from the fairway to the green.

With the pin at the front, right portion of the putting surface, players must be brave or foolish to line up at the flag.


(18th hole Golf de Reims)

Verdict

An exciting round of golf, boasting a superb finish and an enthralling club house. Relatively large fairways and greens make the course playable for all handicaps. Kept in good condition, with fast and sloping greens ensuring players' short games are forensically examined. 

Par: 72
Length: 6,621 yards (whites) 6, 280 yards (yellows) 5,664 yards (blues) 5,374 yards (reds)

Head to the Golf de Reims website for more information. 

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