Course for Hardelot
One of the most popular French venues for British golfers is to
undergo a major facelift.
new greens are to be built on the eight-year-old Dunes course at
Hardelot, near Boulogne in Normandy, eliminating several blind shots
costing more than £350,000.
Ken Strachan, the 35-year-old director of golf, has been working
on the redesign for more than a year, since Nicolas Boissonnas bought
the venue for his Open Golf Club group.
Strachan has been joined by Jean-Claude Cornillot, who was assistant
Belgian architect Paul Roland at the time The Dunes was built and
1992 to complement the Pines course, which dates from 1911.
The Dunes will close for three months this winter and again for
next winter, ensuring that the "new" course is ready for
play by late Spring
the day it opened, the Dunes has failed to match the popularity
much older Pines course, largely because there were too many unfair
blind shots both off the tee and going into some of the greens.
Yet it's a
lovely course and we need to take advantage of the undulations,
from them," Strachan explained.
Open Golf Club owns the neighbouring venue of Le Touquet, which
total of 45 holes and the popular Le Manoir Hotel; Saint-Julien,
Deauville; Les Yvelines, Paris; and five courses in the south, all
the Mediterranean - Saint-Cyprien, Nimes-Vacquerolles, Servanes,
La Salette and La Sainte Baume.
attracts more British golfers than any other venue in France, well
in excess of 40,000 green-fee players on the two courses each year.
would be fair to say nearly two thirds of all the golf played here
Hardelot has been on the Pines course," Strachan continued.
"But I am quite
sure when the new Dunes course settles down, it will attract even
members and visitors to Hardelot."