Golf has been played at a high level in northern France for a lot longer than it is given credit for. There are a number of courses, such as Golf Barriére de Deauville and Golf d’Etretat, that have been thriving since their creation in the early parts of the twentieth century. Golf de Chantilly is one of the oldest and most prosperous of these courses, with well-aged fairways and greens that are a dream to play on.
This alluring inland golf course is set amidst the forest of the ile de France, the prosperous region surrounding Paris. It was established in 1909 under the watchful eye of the prominent English architect Tom Simpson. As such, you can expect the bunkers will not be particularly friendly, holding firm defensive positions adjacent to the green.
Golf de Chantilly has been a frequent host of the French Open down through the years, a sure sign of its prominence and respect throughout the French golfing community. With one of the finest finishing stretches in all of French golf, it is easy to understand why. The sixteenth hole, in particular, is laid out delightfully, with a dogleg left tee shot before playing your approach over the ravine into the green which lays flat and seems tantalisingly close. This is set up as a scoring hole, but you must beware the three side bunkers and the contours of the green.
Residing just outside of Paris, Golf de Chantilly is very accessible for those coming to France for a golfing vacation. With a sandy soil base, as well as the shelter provided by the forest, the course is kept in ideal conditions all year round. It is a big course, at around 7000 yards, but Golf de Chantilly is a captivating taskmaster that dishes out fine rounds of golf.