We all cherish the courses that we’ve played well on. In 2017 you won your first European Tour tournament – the KLM Open – on The Dutch in The Netherlands. What do you think of that course?
Well, I won so obviously it’s a really nice course for me [laughs]! But honestly, I mean it: The Dutch
is a really nice course. The maintenance is top notch and I think it’s a
real championship course. Sometimes, you can play some really nice
courses that are not meant for hosting a tournament, but here it’s the
perfect place for that! Indeed, the holes are long, there is space for
visitors, big grandstands, it’s ideal for the spectators!
The clubhouse of The Dutch (Photo credits, member timmichiels69)
What is your favorite golf course on the tour?
I like courses that are made to host tournaments like The Dutch, Le Golf
National, Wentworth, Jumeirah Golf Estate, etc. These are courses made
for hosting big tournaments, big shows! And their objectives are less
focused on club courses.
On which course did you start playing?
I’ve started to play at Golf de Bussy -Guermantes
in the Paris region, because my parents moved from the South East of
France when I was 4 or 5 years old. We were living on the golf course,
so I was there all the time after school. This is how I began to train
and enjoyed playing golf. I have so many good memories of this course, I
grew up on it!
How many golf courses have you (roughly) played in your life?
Oh wow, let me think…It’s a lot for sure! I cannot give you a figure
though: it’s been 9 years that I’m a pro and we play almost 30 different
tournaments per year and in France I’ve played at least 100 courses…so
I’d say definitely more than 300 courses total!
Which one is your favorite and why?
In France – if we don’t consider the tournaments -, there’s one course that I love: Golf de Fontainebleau
. It’s such a beautiful golf course, it’s a shame it’s a bit far from where I live I don’t play it very often. With Morfontaine
(North of Paris), these are my two favorite courses in France!
Morfontaine is such a magical place as well. The stories you’ve heard
are true, there is no one there. You have the course more or less to
yourself and you only see some little sheep on the course, that is all!
Golf De Morfontaine (Photo credits, member JulienTizot)
Do you know any hidden gems, courses that people might not know yet?
It’s difficult to answer but I think I’ve played on a few hidden
courses that you wouldn’t think about! Mainly in the British Islands.
You’re likely to find a members course that doesn’t advertise much,
sometimes it’s from the municipality and the course is amazing! I have
to admit it is really different from what we have in France, because
everyone, pro or amateur, knows about the nice courses in France!
Over there in the Britain, you can find a course the locals rate
average but for us it’s a beautiful course and very well maintained! I
have one in mind, it’s North Berwick Golf Club
near Muirfield. For Scottish people, this course might be one among
others. I think it’s been there for more than 150 years, it’s a superb
links course. If we had this course in France, it would be one of the
best courses in the country but for them, it’s just an average course!
You just mentioned Links courses, what is your favorite type of course (links, parkland, …)?
I really like links courses, but I have to say I also appreciate
woodland courses and being surrounded by trees. A mix of both is ideal! I
like courses such as Wentworth Golf Club
where you only play in the woods, it’s very narrow out there. But the
game you have to produce for links courses, low ball flights and playing
with the wind is also what I like in golf. These are two completely
different types of playing but I like the variation!
Which is your favorite country or region to play golf in?
I prefer to play in Continental Europe because the weather is much nicer
and it’s where all the main courses are. Then, I like to play in the US
and England. Actually, there are beautiful courses everywhere in the
world but I do enjoy playing in Britain, I think golfers there are very
lucky with the courses…not the weather!
Where was your best golf shot ever?
I don’t have one amazing shot in mind but I do have one memory of a hole in one in Golf Club Crans sur Sierre
, 4 or 5 years ago…I have to say it’s not the perfect shot but at least the result was perfect and it’s a good memory for me!
Special thanks to Romain for taking time out of his busy schedule to
speak with us. We hope this blog series gives you entertaining insights
into the personalities and interests of professional golfers. We wish
Romain continued success for the future!