The beautiful Dordogne - something for everyone
Golf at Chateau des Vigiers
Desgined around a stunning Chateau, with greens running through plum orchards, vineyards and oak copses, a visit to the Dordogne isn't complete without a round at Vigiers.
Donald Steel, considered to be one of the very best "natural" golf course architects, created the unique 18-hole, par 72 course in its enthralling setting amidst plum trees, oak woods, lakes and vineyards. Donald, who has contributed to many world-famous courses such as the Jubilee and Eden courses at St. Andrews as well as Chantilly in France, designed the course with the Château as its centrepiece; the 9th and 18th finishing off in front of the Château; and many of the other undulating greens with different perspectives of the Château. When asked by Golf World to name his favourite hole from his long career, Donald chose N° 18 at Château des Vigiers, with its dogleg over a ridge for the second shot over the lake on to the green, in front of the Château. Subsequently it was described in Golf World under the heading "Vintage Finale".
Château des Vigiers' course is maintained
as a holiday course with short rough, promoting quick play and accessibility
for higher handicaps. However, the greens are frequently lightning fast
and prove a test for any golfer. With strategic pin positions and longer
rough, the course can be turned into a challenge for the best golfer.
Indeed, one of our Members, Per Ulrik Johansson, who played for the winning
European team in both the 1995 and 1997 Ryder Cup, took five years to
get down from his initial score of 75 to 66, now the course record. He
adds "It is an interesting and enjoyable course with tough greens.
There are a few really great holes and a lot of good ones." Mats
Lanner spends quite some time at Vigiers and enjoys playing with members
and guests and is invited to join us during Easter and the annual "Coupe
Restaurant 'Les Fresques'
"Les Fresques" is open from 1st May to 30th September on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The restaurant has a warm and welcoming ambience and smart casual dress is recommended.
Brasserie 'Le Chai'
The brasserie "Le Chai" is situated in the old wine making building and imparts the cordiality of its origins.
With its spacious restaurant and magnificent terrace overlooking the lake and the golf course, guests can enjoy regional specialities as well as lighter snacks in a friendly, relaxed and informal atmosphere. There is a non-smoking area. Non-golfers are very welcome - and we find it an excellent palce to meet up in after or midway through a round of 18 with non-golfing members of the party.
February to 1st December - Lunch only in winter.
Chateau des Vigiers...
English owners Arthur & Tina Seymour. Gite Les Roches 24500 Fonroque Nr Eymet Dordogne France Europe
tel: +44 (1892) 619 065 email@example.com