Domaine de Falgos Pyrenees golf course towards the Mediterranean side and very close to the Spanish border
A stunningly beautiful setting with views of snow-capped mountains and the Mediterranean. The fairways are carved into the hillside with forest all around. The clubhouse / hotel sits in a dominant position above the first few holes and is a beautiful old stone building. The golf course is a real challenge and one that requires a lot of local knowledge to understand how to play it. On many of the holes, to one side of the fairway is uphill and the other down. A shot down the middle is nice but stray to the downhill side and your ball is long gone. I could never score on this course until I played a medal round with the pro and a couple of other members who were also good players. I watched them cheerfully playing shots onto the banking on the uphill side of the fairways to come back into the middle and began to see how to play it. Using this technique, I shot a 2 over par 72 on my 2008 visit to the course. I’ve played Falgos every year since 2003 as they use me to translate their website into English.
Favourite hole: the 12th is a fabulous par 5 which at 465 metres downhill is not all that long and can certainly be reached in 2 shots. However, it is so narrow, especially on the second shot, that it requires great precision to keep the ball in play. I usually play drive from the tee and then a short iron – maybe even a wedge – for position. This usually leaves a 6 iron or less to the green. The left side of the fairway drops into the forest and is designated as a water hazard. The right is a rocky upslope. Beyond the green is the snow-capped peak of Canigou. What a sight!
Best medal round: 86 on 01/10/06
Website: http://www.golf-falgos.com – this website is brand new at the time of writing and I’ve just started work on translating it into English for a publication date of 01/01/09 so it’s in French only at present.