The Par-4 5m is no exception – the toughest hole in the card – which measures a brutal 499 yards from the white tees, while the eclectic nature of the layout comes with a 126-yard par three later in front of the two holes. The lack of hole length is more than making up for the rough nature of the green, moving too hard up-and-down to equalize with some of the long-running injuries from the rear.
The back nine are much more tree-lined and, for example, more demanding than the T, while several deep bunkers serve to keep you honest about your approach to greens. This is also where the drama really raises a gear, the strongest part of the 13 to 17 hole stretching course – cleverly highlighting the best natural features of topography.
The driveable Par-Four 15th, in front of a caveless bunker and just 50 yards shorter than a narrow green in the center with slopes on either side, is notable for its fun as well as its strategy. It all sets up for a grandstand finish with a closing hole, a stunning equal five where water comes into play if you want to take the green into two.
There is no doubt that Hans has done a brilliant job here, carefully sewing natural landscapes and bumps together to create an outstanding course that seems to have been created by elements rather than an excavator.
The aforementioned Wild Piglet Course is a concentrated version of the new one – with the same strategic challenge in miniature. None of the ten holes measure more than 150 yards, but good things often come in small packages, and this is certainly the case with this delightful short course.
The challenge of playing golf is off, the new looking Lace Bordes is a country stadium, where the owners have introduced many new facilities including a swimming lake with white sandy beach, improved riding facilities, boating lake, archery, fishing. , Bicycle and electric quad paths and a new tennis center. Some activities offered for older and younger children, including a go-karting track for children and a zipline.
Les Bordes also announced that the beach that Beaches was in during their tour would soon be transformed into a six-sense resort. Expected to open in 2024, the building will include a restaurant, bar and spa facilities, branded suites and villas hidden in the woods surrounding the property. When members come to play the course in the first phase of its Cour du Baron development project, they will see several properties built across the estate to offer members a more permanent ‘away from home’. As part of the ownership, members can rent their house to the club if the property is vacant, if they wish.
With only 200 members currently in the books, and no spectators are allowed to play except one member’s guest, Les Bordes offers its unabashedly exclusive golf, but if you ever get the chance to go, clean up your diary and go on a pilgrimage. You won’t be disappointed, and you’ll have some jealous-persuasive stories to tell your friends over the years.
FOr for more details about Les Bordes, visit lesbordes.com. Matt flew from Farnborough to Orleans with a jetfly, the leader in Europe owned a fraction of the private jets for commercial and private aviation, a fleet of 50 Pilatus aircraft that could land at international airports and local airports. For more details, visit jetfly.com.