Omaha Beach Golf Club Near Bayeux and landing beaches on the northern coastline of Normandy
An Yves Bureau design – yuk! There are four loops of nine holes with the most recent having opened in 2008. I have played the 3 older loops on many occasions but have yet to experience Bureau’s latest creation. When I first played here, I was blown away by the history as there are memorials everywhere. On further acquaintance, you start to see some of these as really rather tacky whilst others are the genuine article.
As for the golf, let’s take it 9 by 9. My favourite nine hole loop is known as the Mer (sea). It has some stunning views over the channel, the landing beaches and the ever present floating Mulberry harbours. The holes are quite varied with some long and wide and others short and tricky. There’s water on two holes and hills on most. Extensive bunkering is distracting although you can often play a wood from the fairway bunkers. My favourite hole on this nine is the par 3 eigth which is close to 200 yards but a drop hole with a long green. A steep slope from the right and a drop towards OB on the left make this an intimidating shot with lots of bunkers well below the level of the green.
The Bocage (country) 9 is a pretty track when the trees and shrubs are in leaf but can be very muddy in winter. Again characterised by generous fairways and some quite long holes. There are two good par 5s on this nine but the par 3s are poor holes in my view.
The Etang (lake) 9 is an abortion despite some magnificent views from the elevated tees. The problem is that Bureau here assumes the guise of the Grand old Duke of York and marches up and down the hill. The par 5 ninth is a real killer as you play up the steepest incline to a green that is only in view from about 50 yards away. Never ever play this 9 unless you are super fit or in a golf buggy.
Best medal round: 92 in the Roger Maugrion Trophy on 11/03/06.