The last day was reserved for Les Bordes
, this very exclusive club founded by Baron le Bich and his Japanese friend Mr Sakurai has been ultra-exclusive since its start as in the beginning there were just 2 members (the founders). Baron le Bich was the owner of the Bic pens and a razor company.
By 2008 when the Baron and Mr Sakurai had passed away, investors took over and there were about 20 international and 4 local members. The course and the lodges were always in pristine shape, ready when one of the members would show up for a round or a weekend on the estate. The course is designed by Robbert von Hagge, who got total freedom and unlimited funds to built his dream course.
The result is a very demanding course where everybody who breaks 80 from the back tee receives his or her name on a board in the clubhouse. The green complexes are amazing but you do not want to miss the green because you will be in double bogey land straight away. If you want to read more details follow the link to my review of Les Bordes
Recently there are new owners. They have definitely not changed the target group for members, still very international and very exclusive, but there are some more openings. Also, they were finishing a new 18 holes course by the famous architect Gil Hanse (who designed Castle Stuart, The Olympic Course in Rio de Janeiro, Streamsong). This course will be more playable and a sort of an inland links type where lesser experienced golfers can have a great time.
He also created the 10 hole ‘Wild Pig’ short course. These one-shot holes in the tranquil forest will be super for an evening drink and some wedge shots. Unfortunately, both courses were not yet entirely finished when we were there, a good reason to go back. When we asked the manager when we could tee-off he showed us the buggy and said whenever you want, we were the only two players on the course the entire day…