Rated as one of the top 10 best golf courses in Aquitaine by Fairways Magazine, France 2013
Donald Steel, considered to be one of the very best “natural” golf course architects, created our unique 27-hole course in its peaceful and scenic setting amidst plum trees, oak woods, lakes and vineyards
Donald Steel has contributed to many world-famous courses such as the Jubilee and Eden courses at St. Andrews as well as Chantilly in France. He designed the course with Château des Vigiers as its centre-piece and the 9th and 18th holes finish off in front of the Château. Many of our other undulating greens will enable you to enjoy different perspectives of the Château.
When asked by Golf World to name his favourite hole from his long career, Donald Steel chose the eighteenth at Château des Vigiers, with its dog-leg over a ridge for the second shot over the lake on to the green; finishing in front of the Château. It was subsequently described in Golf World under the heading “Vintage Finale”.
With the addition of the new 9-hole course, Vigier golfers now experience a much wider variety of playing conditions. The new course opened in early 2008, and integrates into the existing 18 hole course to form 3 new 9-hole courses: “La Vallée”, “Le Lac”, “Les Vignes”. Golfers can now play three different configurations of 18-holes, each with different challenges and gradients.
The three 9 hole loops:
“La Vallée” Course: PAR 36, 3112m (3403 yards)
“Le Lac” Course: PAR 35, 2937m (3212 yards)
“Les Vignes” Course: PAR 36, 3083m (3372 yards)
18 hole combinations:
Vallée & Vignes: PAR 72, 6195m (6775 yards) slope 129
Vallée & Lac: PAR 71, 6049m (6615 yards) slope 125
Vignes & Lac: PAR 71, 6020m (6584 yards) slope 127
Château des Vigiers’ courses promote quick play and accessibility for higher handicaps. However, the greens are frequently lightning fast and prove a test for any golfer. With strategic pin positions and longer rough, the course can be turned into a challenge for the best golfer.
One of our Members, Per Ulrik Johansson, who played for the winning European team in both the 1995 and 1997 Ryder Cup, took five years to get down from his initial score of 75 to 66, now the course record. He adds “It is an interesting and enjoyable course with tough greens. There are a few really great holes and a lot of good ones”. John Bickerton, winner of the French Open in 2006, who represented us on the PGA Tour in 2006 and 2007, equalled Per-Ulrik’s record of 66 in 2007.