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18 holes, 6211 meters (white), slope 145.
Superb course in the heart of a forest, slightly hilly with many water hazards.

Originally designed by Harry Colt, the prodigious creator of iconic courses such as Royal Lytham & St Anne’s, Royal Portrush, Sunningdale and Wentworth, the par 72 and 6200 meter course was reshaped in the 1970s by Peter Allis and Dave Thomas. More recently, greens, bunkers, and the forest park have been revisited by Mackenzie and Ebert, renowned architects specializing in the renovation of Colt courses.

Surely, there are golfs with a soul. Well known for the quality of its maintenance and ranked among the 10 best golf courses in France, the course of 6200 meters is nestled in the heart of the forest of Valmasque in a wooded and protected environment, which gives it its unique character on the Coast d’Azur. The course is superbly hilly and crossed by a river and many water hazards. The greens, particularly well protected, are known for their complexity and speed.

For 14 years, the club hosted the Cannes Open. This flagship competition on the European circuit has included prestigious players such as Jean Garaïalde, Greg Norman, Sévériano Ballesteros, Ian Woosnam and others among its winners.

Hole 1

Par 4

This Par 4 is a deceitful simplicity. Out of bands to the left and an ornemental lake to the right of the fairway. The green requires a very precise approach for avoiding the bunkers.

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Hole 2

Par 3

Very long Par 3. Always veer to the left, and maintain your vigilance when arriving on the two-platform green.

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Hole 3

Par 4

In all its rectilinear perspective, this Par 4 appears like an easy hole, inviting a birdie, proposing a truce – howerver short-lived – after the course’s highly technical start. The green can be complicated depending on the position of the flag.

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Hole 4

Par 4

This long Par 4 unfurls to deliver an even bigger surprise. The start requires a faultless first shot. For the second shot, it is wiser to stay short of the green to make the approach easier.

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Hole 5

Par 3

A moment of high technicality. That’s the secret of this little Par 3, which demands extremely rigorous play. A green which is difficult to reach, a Holy Grail whose quest, however rapid, turns out to be quite perilous.

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Trou n°6

Par 4

The fairway is a left dog-leg slope, hiding the place where the drive will fall. Whence the importance of the first shot : accurately placed, it will guide the player as far as the green without too much trouble.

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Hole 7

Par 5

This long Par 5 is difficult due to the different slopes of the fairway. The green approach is not so difficult but the green offers some unsuspected slopes.

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Hole 8

Par 5

Only players blessed an impressive long shot can lay claim to a result under Par. In addition, an ornemental lake to the right of the green completes the defence of the bunkers.

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Hole 9

Par 4

This is a par 4 dogleg left 90 ° which requires lengthy first time to discuss the approach to the green.

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Hole 10

Par 4

New left dog-leg. First blind shot. At the second shot, you have to lean on the right to avoid the left bunker.

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Hole 11

Par 3

There is only one solution: target the centre of the green, without looking for the flag; ignore the bunkers defending it valiantly on either side. Concentrate on the shot.

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Hole 12

Par 4

The starting shot of this par 4 is of prime importance, carrying the risk of being trapped on the left if it is too sharply cut. At the second shot, the fairway goes down to the Bouillide River and this shot requires a long distance to pass through.

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Hole 13

Par 4

Danger lies to the left. From the starting tees, the greens remains invisible. Dog-leg left. A solitary ashs points the way to a very well protected green. Trees, river, bunkers…. And the biggest problem of all : the green is on a slope.

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Hole 14

Par 5

This Par 5 is the longest hole on the course. The green is very well defended by a water hazard.

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Hole 15

Par 3

The danger of this Par 3 remains on the right, with the bunker lying on the edge of the green and of course the water hazard. We rely on the left and we aim for the center of the green.

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Hole 16

Par 5

The only right -handed dog-leg on the course is a par 5. Prudence tells one to respect the hole and keep to the left but be careful because on the left, the Bouillide River follows it course.

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Hole 17

Par 4

Long par 4 after the fairway bunkers that threaten the first shot, the second shot is a headache. The green is defended by a frontal lake and lateral bunkers.

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Hole 18

Par 4

This Par 4 is favourable for the birdie. But the fairway banking will drag you to the ornemental lake if you sliced your drive. The green is defended by two bunkers and the green itselfs is not so easy.

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