Golf de Val Quéven Southern Brittany in the Morbihan department near to Lorient
I have played this course twice during the 2008 French Seniors club championships. It’s an Yves Bureau design and he is just about my least favourite golf architect and this course confirms my impression of him as a designer. The course is beautifully set in rolling countryside, with trees and water a plenty. It’s actually very playable in many ways as good shots are generally rewarded and I found I could get from tee to green quite well as I was swinging well that weekend. The greens are the most disappointing aspect of the course. They’re huge and full of small bumps and slopes. For the French championships they had them at a ridiculously fast speed and the flags were all on the little humps. As an example, one of my team mates had a 20 foot uphill putt which got to within 6 inches of the cup before rolling back to his feet – mickey mouse or what!
My favourite hole on this course is the 18th where I managed a 10 in the French championships. There’s a tight tee shot which calls for a soft draw to find the fairway and avoid the out of bounds! The green is well protected by numerous bunkers and lots of small slopes.