An all women event at Royal St George’s! What a feast.

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Royal St George’s first accepted lady members only four years ago, so it was a very unusual sight to see the terrace of the famous Sandwich golf club in Kent, swarmed by young pretty girls for the Vagliano Trophy, a tournament founded by André Vagliano in 1931. It started out as a French British match play and now includes young women from … Read More

A 25 year old French golfer wins the Australian LPGA

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For the first time since 2003, Céline Boutier of France has won a golf LPGA tour championship in Australia at Barwon Heads, south west of Melbourne. This is her first win on the Ladies Professional American circuit and she is now a Rolex first time winner. Beating two Australians with a score of 8 under, she succeeds Catherine Lacoste who … Read More

The Ryder cup in Paris, what a feast!

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The day was glorious and my very much anticipated visit to the Ryder Cup at Golf National near Versailles, was as fun as expected. The preparation has been ten years in the making for Pascal Grizot who, as vice president of the French Golf Federation, was daring enough to think that a country with only 400 000 golfers, could organize … Read More

Lally, the great French golf champion has left us

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Lally de Saint Sauveur (1921-2018), did everything very young, better than everyone and with a genuine modesty and elegance that every great golfer envied her. In 2015, she became an honorary member of the Royal and Ancient, in Saint Andrews, one of only seven lady members. She was the greatest golfer France ever counted with more than 40 victories in National … Read More

An Irish (golf) Odyssey

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Playing golf in Ireland is like climbing the Kilimandjaro with espadrilles, you feel you can do it but you are slightly helpless. The wind, the rain, the daunting bunkers and the narrow fairways make you act like a dwarf. And yet, once you have survived your eighteen holes, you feel like a hero and you are extremely happy !

Reims, behind the scene

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When you say Reims, you think, the famous cathedral where all Kings of France were crowned and which was saved after the first World war by John Rockefeller who partly paid for its reconstruction. Well there is another side to this capital of champagne and I discovered it while playing a golf championship nearby.

Great Britain for ever

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On a recent golfing trip to Southern England, playing the unforgettable Rye and Royal St George’s courses, I discovered by chance Goodnestone Park gardens, three miles from our inn and unknown to the inn keeper ! It is “Sissinghurst without the crowds” as a garden critic puts it…

Four ball amateur match play at Morfontaine

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  It was an extraordinary final game at Morfontaine golf club, for Vincent and Francois Illouz and Clément Lemaire and Antoine Delon who played 36 holes under pouring rain and during ten hours, last Sunday, for the French amateur Four ball match play competition, Trophée Armand de Gramont.