Five months after having kicked off the Albatros’ renovation works, Le Golf National – hosting venue for the French Open and the 2018 Ryder Cup matches, the French Golf Federation and its Ryder Cup France 2018 Committee, has unveiled the first achievements.
The venue, member of the European Tour Properties network since 2011, has substantially changed since July 20th 2015. Renovation works have been undertaken with a budget of seven million euros. The objectives: offering a memorable experience to the public and players during the 2018 matches, fitting with strict requirements to secure the course quality under all conditions and being aligned with model golf clubs when it comes to sustainable development.
The course’s initial lay out has thus been optimised for the tournament. For instance, you will discover redesigned greens on holes 1 and 16 offering better pin positions or remodelled bunkers, proposing new USGA sand that stands out with its nice white colour. On lake edges, you will notice upgraded banks with oak wood coming from sustainable forests. Drainage and irrigation systems from the latest generation have yet been implemented on thirteen holes. As for buggies paths, they are underway.
Paul Armitage, Le Golf National General Manager said: “One of the best surprises we have in store for golf fans is on the hole 11! In a few months, they will therefore discover a brand-new challenge and a fantastic lay out. […] We are impressed by the Albatros’ daily metamorphosis and the titanic work achieved by workers. We are eager to share this new Albatros 2.0 with our golfers at the reopening in May 2016 and with Tour players at the occasion of the 100th Edition of the Alstom Open de France!”
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