Course Review and Comments
I had a very good, friendly welcome from the professional Anouk (who it later turned out speaks good English!) in the tiny office which goes under the misleading name of Club House (this wasn't a problem though as the main idea is to get out and enjoy the golf!).
The frist tee is a few hundred yards from the "club-house" and after teeing off and huffing and puffing uphill I wondered whether I would enjoy my round as I started struggling on the first two par four up hill holes (with a couple of double bogeys) of this rather challenging 9 hole mountain course. The course at Montgenevre starts at over 6,000 feet and goes a far way up for the first two holes.
The course has narrowish fairways and the greens were a surprise and well maintained.
The third hole, a relatively easy but deceptive downhill par 5 which I managed to double bogey! The ball didn't roll as far as I would have liked (well that's my excuse!)
The fourth hole was another up hill battle. Hole five is a dog leg which doesn't present any particular difficulty except for the lake on the right hand side which called for a bit of accuracy.
Hole six at (204 metres), over another lake, is a different kettle of fish which called for some good work with my 4 iron (I was worried in case my trusty 5 iron didn't do the work I hoped). I didn't do the good work as my first shot turned into a headache as it didn't get over the lake but ricocheted off a rock on the the far bank back onto the tiny strip of fairway: really jammy! The next shot I managed to pitch over onto the green for a couple of putts. The other three holes didn't present much difficulty, except for the 8th which had a bit of water protecting the green.
After the first none holes I would have liked a short break with a coffee or a beer but the whole mountain village of Montgenevre was closed!
I went round a second time hoping to have learned a few lessons. Lessons were learned about the design of the course but I didn't improve on my score.
I'll certainly be back next summer and have another bash at the course.
The only negative aspect was that it seems nobody was too bothered about replacing divots or raking bunkers. It was the second to last day of the gold season there so perhaps they were hoping the winter snow fall would cover their tracks!
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