Golf de Monte-Carlo
Monte-Carlo Golf Club is perched at 900 metres above sea level, just under the fortress peak of Mont Agel. Although it's a relatively steep and winding drive up from the town of La Turbie, that doesn't seem to deter the Club's rich and famous members from making the journey. What awaits is a well-laid out course, an elegant and comfortable clubhouse and stunning scenery.
Monte-Carlo Golf Club open for over 100 years was the 27th golf course laid out in France and the 2nd oldest on the Côte d'Azur, after Cannes Mandelieu. At 900m it is both a mountain course as well as a seaside course with stunning views overlooking the Mediterranean.
Inaugurated in 1911, it was the English community holidaying in Monte-Carlo which convinced the Société des Bains to meet the challenge and build a golf course on the hillside. The SBM, then in charge of the management of leisure facilities in the Principality entrusted the design to Willie Park Jnr., one of the very first golf professionals and designer of over 170 courses.
Willie Park Jr's original design has stood the test of time, creating an enjoyable and playable course that includes plenty of elevation changes, undulating fairways and "clear to see" golfing challenges. Excellent quality greens are defended by good bunkering, while the well-groomed fairways usually provide enough room for manoeuvre but do tighten up on some holes. Two holes of note are the thirteenth as it plunges through the scrubland and the fourth that plunges to the sea and the Principality.
Over the year it has undergone many changes until between the ’70s and ’90s, Prince Pierre, father of Prince Rainer modernised the complex by building a 6,000m buried pool and two new holes. For its centenary, the club made some modifications to bring the course up to modern standards and many stars passing through the region have stopped to play here. Every year also the course stages the Open Professional de Monte-Carlo, a European Tour tournament.
The views onto the Mediterranean, along the French and Italian Riviera’s and inland to the mighty Alps will brighten up any round of golf at "Mont Agel", no matter how good a day’s golf you are having.