This week we are in Paris, France for the Paris Legends.
The course we are playing is Le Golf National (L’Albatros Course), which is the course that will be used for the 2018 Ryder Cup.
The course is the one used each year for the French Open on the European Tour. There are a number of players in the field this week who have won previously on this course during their time on the European Tour.
It is a really good layout with narrow fairways, deep rough and 10 holes with water in play.
There are a lot of excellent spectator viewing areas as it is a stadium style course.
During the Ryder Cup people will be able to watch 3 of the final 4 holes from any location along either the 15th, 16th or 18th holes. Some people seated at the top of the spectator mounds on the 17th hole will be able to see all 4 of the final holes unobstructed. These areas in the last 4 holes can seat 30,000 people easily.
I can only imagine the noise and chanting as each group will be playing their match. Players will have to be aware of whatever is going on with all the other matches as it would be easy to have a roar on any of these holes affecting concentration and focus on another hole. The atmosphere will be electric that week.
We have a good field this week with 16 former Ryder Cup players playing at last count.
This will be the second last full field event of the season with a month off before the Italian Seniors in October.
Last week was a real treat for the final round at Woburn when I had the privilege of playing with Manuel Pinero of Spain.
Manuel was making his final start on the European Tour after an illustrious career. Manuel has been a mainstay on the European Tour and European Senior Tour since it’s inception. As a matter he played the Woburn Course in tournaments before the European Tour was established. He is also responsible for the architectural design for the world class short game area at Woburn. His competitive career in Europe dates back to the early 1970’s.
I had played a few times with Manuel over the years including at Woburn last year as well.
During the round Manuel told me some wonderful stories of playing the tour, nurturing the Spanish players including of course Seve Ballesteros who he teamed with to win the Ryder Cup and World Cup.
For more on Manuel see the following article from the European Senior Tour website.
Weather Forecast During Playing Time:
Friday 14C – 26C Clear POP 0% Wind 6 – 13 km/h S
Saturday 16C – 26C Partly Cloudy POP 0% Wind 3 – 18 km/h SSW
Sunday 17C – 24C Mostly Cloudy POP 35% Wind 2 – 10 km/h SW
Since we are all staying on the property this week it will be difficult to do some sightseeing but we will be having a dinner tonight at the Trianon Palace Versailles and experience some of the history and culture in this region.