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Discover Benelux | Special Theme | Golfing Glory
Swing by for a few holes and a champagne bottle Less than one hour away from the heart of Paris, say from the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Golf de Champagne is the perfect place for both professionals and amateurs. The Golf de Champagne was designed and drawn by Jean-Claude Cornillot, an architect specialising in golf courses who often works for the French Federation. TEXT: HARUN OSMANOvIC | PHOTOS: GOLF DE CHAMPAGNE
leashed, and in the club house, where you will be able to enjoy a nice French meal after a game.
It is set in the middle of small valleys and meadows, meandered through by rivers appreciated by fishermen, and groves of oak, ash and pine trees. “Nature offered us such a beautiful sight that it was our obligation to respect it,” says Jacques Piquer owner and founder of the Golf de Champagne. “We want the enjoyment of the game to go with the enjoyment of the eyes.”
“Although we are family-owned, the quality of our green is crucial for us,” says Camille Piquer who joined her father in managing the club three years ago, “this is why we have a renovation plan over the next years to improve the course further.”
This is a par 72 golf course where everyone can play in tranquility. Eighteen holes, all unique and tastefully designed, scattered over 5,760 metres. In this familyowned golf club, the atmosphere is welcoming and friendly, on the course, where karts are available and dogs tolerated if
Even if located right at the highway exit to Dormans-Epernay, the golf course is as quiet as the middle of a forest, but this proximity does offer some advantages. “A lot of our visitors take the opportunity to go to Reims and visit the famous Cathedral, or Epernay, world capital of Champagne, for
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some bottles before playing a few holes,” explains Piquer. Thus, if you only have so much time, you are welcome to play a couple of holes or the entire course. Every weekend, the Golf de Champagne organises a tournament with a meal for the players, and once a year a Pro Am which sees three amateurs team up with one professional player for an excellent and friendly competition (the next Pro Am is on 7 July 2015). Next time you are going for a resupply of sparkles don’t forget your clubs and swing by. www.golf-de-champagne.com
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