Review of Aa Saint-Omer Golf Club
A physically challenging golf course set within the heart of the Pas-de-Calais region, just 30 minutes from the exit of the Eurotunnel terminal and host venue to the European Challenge Tour.
The Saint-Omer golf club was designed by the Dutch architect Johan Frederik Dudok Van Heel, who himself was a 15 time past winner of the Dutch amateur championship. With a keen eye for a fine golf course having played for many years on the finest Dutch golfing masterpieces, Van Heel was keen to create a course which was laid out in perfect harmony with the surrounding environment.
The bulk of the course spans across two sides of a valley, with a stretch of early holes running though a mature area of woodland. As such, the variety of shots and views which confront the visiting golfers varies immensely from one hole to another making this a really interesting and testing layout. Add to this multiple dog-legs, blind shots and multi-tiered greens, and you get the idea.
However, one of the main challenges involves the physical nature of the course. Stretching across the two sides of the valley, means there are at times, hefty climbs and descents. For slightly older clients, a buggy is a must and special care must be taken on wetter days.
The condition onsite is to a high-standard, especially around the tee boxes and greens. Being one of the host venues to the European Challenge Tour means they keep the course at a very high standard. The Clubhouse, although slightly dated, is homely and comfortable, with a large terrace enjoying stunning views over the surrounding countryside. And if you wondering where the ‘Aa’ comes from, this is the name of a local river which runs close to the site.
This is a tough course, both technically and physically, but one well worth playing. At times the views are impressive and a fun day is assured.
- Designer: Johan Frederik Dudok Van Heel
- 18 holes
- Par 73
- Length: 6,218 metres (6,800 yards)
- Slope 140
- Golf club website: http://www.golfsaintomer.fr/golf.php
- Phone number: 03 21 38 59 90
- Address: Chemin des Bois, Acquin Westbecourt, Lumbres, 62380, France