Ryder Cup: Things to do and courses to play in the area
The 42nd Ryder Cup takes place at France's Le Golf National September 27-30. The contest dates back to 1927 and is a unique team contest pitting a team of the best American golfers against the best European golfers. The contest happens every two years and alternates between American and European courses. The Americans are looking to defend their title by grabbing their first win on European soil since 1993. For spectators planning on attending the event in suburban Paris, the area provides numerous avenues for both golf and sightseeing. The following is GolfLink’s guide to Paris.
Paris is truly one of the most beautiful cities in the world and has history dating back to the Roman conquest of the region in the first century BC. For tourists, there are a plethora of attractions one can visit. At the top of most visitors list is the iconic Eiffel Tower. The tower rises over 1000 feet into the air and remains the tallest building in Paris. Other popular attractions are the Notre-Dame Cathedral, or a stroll down the iconic Avenue des Champs-Élysées. A trip the Louvre, the world’s largest art museum, will treat visitors with everything from the artwork of ancient Egypt, Persia and Greece to works by masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Monet and Rembrandt. Visitors who want a more spooky experiences can visit the catacombs of Paris, underground ossuaries which hold the skeletal remains of more than 6 million former Parisians. These ghoulish chambers were meant to lesson the burden of the city’s cemeteries.
In addition to its tourist attractions, Paris is also home to some of the world’s finest restaurants. While a simple meal in one of the many streetside cafes is a must during a visit to the city, a trip to the remarkable Le Jules Verne can cap off a day of adventure. The restaurant features the finest food and wine and is located 400 feet up the Eiffel Tower, offering one of a kind views of the city. Another excellent choice near the tower is Les Cocottes Tour Eiffel, a relaxed restaurant founded by the Michelin-starred chef Christian Constant. And for wine the Les 110 de Taillevent offers the largest wine list in the country, with 110 different vintages available with delicious foods paired to each wine. Or for a taste of the past head up to Montmartre’s small Au Lapin Agile cabaret, once a favorite hangout of painter Pablo Picasso, where a show and a drink are still on hand for patrons.
Parisian Golf Courses
There are many beautiful golf courses in and around Paris to satisify even the most demanding golfer. The following are a few of the best courses you can play during your visit to France’s capital city.
Golf de Domont
Located North of Paris, Golf de Domont’s course snakes through the Montmorency forest and provides a secluded round of golf. The course demands accurate shotmaking, and water comes into play often with the course having two large lakes. However, this course is more forgiving than many of the other courses on this list and can serve as a good warm up to Parisian golf.
Golf de Fontainebleau
Another forested course, the Tom Simpson designed Golf de Fontainebleau features beautiful scenery as you play your round. Many fairways are lined by hardwoods, lilac and ferns to give the course an otherworldly feel. The course is also one of France’s oldest and is consistently ranked among the top courses in France. Golfers should expect a stern challenge and to use all clubs in their bag.
Another one of France’s premier courses, this Robert von Hagge designed course is located on land that was previously a baron’s hunting estate. The course is a woodland course and provides excellent views of the French countryside. The course is also known as a monster, with the club record standing at 1 below par. But the enjoyment of Les Bordes is its beautiful seclusion and the grand challenge of playing one of Europe’s best courses.
Le Golf National
Le Golf National is one of the country’s best, and is the host of the 2018 Ryder Cup. However, visitor;s who come early enough can still play the historic venue before the professionals take over. The club has two 18-hole courses, the Eagle and the Ryder Cup-hostin Albatross. Both courses provide an excellent game but the Robert von Hagge designed Albatross is the more interesting and difficult of the two.