Recognized as one of the best championship courses in Europe, has seen the Albatros measure many professional and amateur champions. It sometimes harmoniously combines the air of "links" and sometimes "route-target."Obstacles to water, undulating fairways and large bunkers are coiled between undulating hills on which the high fescue roughs, the real difficulty of the course, especially when the wind is involved. The holes are francs. Traps, hazards or obstacles are never hidden. The large greens, apparently little hectic, are exciting to read and require very long putts spectacular. The first 6 holes are calling the attack. Birdie opportunities multiply by 12. But we must then defend until 18, for an especially exciting ... The Albatros is the ideal route to ensure, hole after hole, exciting duels and battles of anthology in the Ryder Cup 2018.
A mere 20 miles to the west of Paris lies the Golf National. Here, at Guyancourt, surrounding the Chateau of Versailles – once home to Louis XIV – there’s a hint of Florida, a sprinkling of Ireland and a lot of France.
Golf National took three years to construct and in 1990 the Albatros stadium course opened for play. It was co-designed by Hubert Chesneau and von Hagge Design Associates (now known corporately as von Hagge, Smelek & Baril). The golf course was destined to become home to the French Open and also a centre for both national and international championships. It was also rumoured that a future Ryder Cup could be held here. The Open de France, which dates back to 1906, is mainland Europe’s oldest top-flight professional tournament and in 1991 the first French Open was played on the Albatros course. Argentina’s Eduardo Romero won the 1991 title and the event has remained at the National Club ever since, except for 1999 and 2001, when it was played at Golf du Medoc & Lyon, respectively.