Le Golf National: Albatros

Guyancourt, France Private

Overview

The championship 18 at the multi-course Le Golf National may well be an albatross around the necks of 2018 American Ryder Cup teammates, given their lopsided loss to the Europeans. But they couldn’t blame the Albatros Course, a Florida-style design of the late Robert von Hagge, who delighted in sculpting courses with massive humps and bumps that cast shadows at high noon and carving out water hazards at every turn. What the European team had going for it was familiarity with the design, as it has hosted the European Tour’s French Open for decades. In advance of the Ryder Cup, French officials insisted that sole design credit should be given to French landscape architect Hubert Chesneau (who was a consultant on the project), but that was soon debunked, as von Hagge’s style is clearly evident. Le Golf National will host the 2024 Olympics for both the men's and women's competitions.

About

Holes 18
Length 7331
Facility Type Private
Designer Robert von Hagge, Hubert Chesneau (1990), Ross McMurray (2016)

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