Review of Golf de Nampont Saint-Martin
Set around an ancient 15th century manor house, the main course at Nampont Saint-Martin is a pleasure to play albeit with an abundance of water. There is a good reason the course is called ‘Les Cygnes’, ‘The Swans’, as with water in play on around 15 of the 18 holes, there is plenty of space for them to roam gracefully.
Set in a grand natural park, the course literally meanders through small streams and tributaries of the Authie Valley. With so much water in play, the course could end up being near impossible for anyone but straight hitters, but fortunately the fairways are wide and the greens not too small!
The real enjoyment here is the setting in which you are playing. The design of the course is not necessarily the most eye-catching at times, but the serene landscape is. With all types of wild birds, swans, ducks and herons, you really feel a million miles away from any urban areas.
The facilities are not 5 star, but this would go against the grain of the club’s atmosphere. The small friendly clubhouse has a large dining hall with an impressive wooden-beam framing in the ceiling. As the bar area is a bit small, on warm days they open up the doors and put the tables and chairs outside.
Remember to take along a badge from the golf club at which you are a member, as there is an impressive collection around the walls of the bar to which they would more than happily take another to add to it. This is not a world-class course but certainly doesn’t pretend to be. Its rustic, rural nature makes it a relaxing place to come and enjoy a peaceful round of golf.
- Designer: M.M.Chatterton
- 36 holes
- Par 70
- Length: 5,859 metres (6,407 yards)
- Slope 122
- Golf club website: http://www.nampontgolfclub.com/index.php
- Phone number: 03 22 29 92 90
- Address: 80120 Nampont St-Martin