Golf du Medoc is a premiere golfing resort in the Bordeux region of France with two championship courses. The first course built was the appropriately named Chateaux course which was designed by Bill Coore from Coore & Crenshaw. Rod Whitman assisted Coore and in 1991 he was given the chance to add the Vignes course.
The site at du Medoc is excellent for golf with sandy base and pine trees and heather abundant.
In my opinion Whitman has overseen the production of a quality course, very solid- but which never quite captures the imaginationas one hopes it might...
The green structures are well thought out, and create plenty of interest, without being at all tricked up.
Bunkering is generally a rugged links style , and strategically placed. I think they define the course.
If there is a weakness to the site it is perhaps that is reasonably flat terrain, although the occasional roll in the landscape is well utlised..
Hole 8 is a short par 4 with a tee shot over a large bunker. Unfortunately all decent length shots which fly same bunker, roll right to left off a slope to water unseen from the tee. We did play in the middle of a heat wave and the ball was rolling, so perhaps I am being unfair- but I do not like water hazards that cannot be seen...
The Vignes course at Golf du Medoc is unquestionably a good course. We played it in 42 degrees heat, in the middle of a heatwave- so the course was bone dry and running. I don't mind that , but perhaps my view of the course was affected.
I don't think it is a remarkable course, but a good test of golf and together with the Chateaux course makes a nice double act. The resort is well set up with quality accommodation and meals and it makes a good golfing getaway.
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