Golf de Val-Grand near Paris hires Faldo Design for renovation

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    Golf de Val-Grand has appointed Faldo Design to oversee a golf course renovation, the firm’s first project in France

Richard Humphreys
By Richard Humphreys

Golf de Val-Grand, located south of Paris, France, has appointed Faldo Design to oversee a golf course renovation, the firm’s first project in the country.

The design firm will renovate all greens to USGA specifications, reprofile fairways, work on bunkers, and bring the course’s series of lakes and streams further into play for visual and strategic reasons.

“We are extremely excited for the potential of the golf course and the venue as a whole for golfers of all abilities to enjoy, learn and relax,” said Sir Nick Faldo.

“The site here is unique, with threads of all playing surfaces introduced throughout the routing. The conifer trees almost create a heathland vibe, whilst the lakes and greenery feel more parkland. With the new and rippling fairways, the uneven stances will even be reminiscent of links golf. This variety, so close to Paris, I believe, will create a great course where people can enjoy their golf and also the wider facilities here with the planned investment and ambitions from the owners too. Following a fantastic 2018 Ryder Cup here, we know the passion of the French golfing community is vibrant and growing, and we look forward to celebrating alongside them ahead of the Paris Olympics come 2024.”

Construction is scheduled to start in July 2022, before growing in begins in spring 2023 through to May 2024.

The project also includes building a new nine-hole short course and a golf academy facility with state-of-the-art technologies. The club will also invest in the creation of a new holistic leisure facility with work planned for the clubhouse, accommodation lodges, and other areas at the club.

“The collaboration with Faldo Design is very exciting for Val-Grand and the project that we are undertaking,” said Golf de Val-Grand owner, Robert Delin. “Inviting a true legend of the game to share his knowledge and visions with us is a privilege, and we are inspired by the plans and vision of what we can achieve together over the coming years.

“Throughout the venue we want to connect with the local community and build a fantastic space for our members to enjoy, and our work with the Faldo Design team will undoubtedly help us to take this experience to the next level, both on and off the golf course.”