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Blue Green Golf, Quetigny
Situated just 5 minutes from the centre of Dijon in the heart of wine producing Burgundy, you will find a short but technical 5625m, Par 71, 18-hole golf course that runs along the river Mirande. Designed by Chris Pittman, and opened in 1990, this course offers a challenge for all levels of player; so do not be fooled by its length. The Hotel Kyriad Dijon Est, Quetigny is close by.
Before teeing off, you can make use of the extensive practice facilities, arguably one of the best in the region if not France. Two covered, carpeted, driving ranges with a variety of targets and yardage markers every 50 m. For those preferring a grass practice area, there are two available on the same driving range with six to eight boxes at each area. The club pros are Thierry and Alex and are on hand should you require a lesson and you can book lessons at the pro-shop.
There is a putting green and a chipping/bunker approach area as well as three short golf school holes, ideal for beginners. The driving range is open to all members and visitors.
There are 80 parking bays with a ramped access to the course and clubhouse should you have a cart. You can rent a trolley for 7€ or for those of you preferring a “drive through the countryside”, there is Golf Cart rental for 20€ per 18 holes. The Pro-shop is well stocked with everything from clothing to gloves, balls and clubs. There is a range of clubs on “demo” all through the year, so if you want to test that new square Callaway FT-I, then just ask. There is also club rental available.
The prices for non-members for an 18 hole round are as follows:
One of the benefits of playing golf in France is that the courses are rarely crowded, even on weekends. It is however recommended, that you check whether there is a competition on. If this is the case, ask to tee off from the 10th Hole, and play the back- nine first, to avoid being caught up in the competition.
The Clubhouse has a bar and a restaurant where the food is highly recommended. They also have a good wine list and drinks selection. You can purchase water and sandwiches from the bar to take on the course. The sandwiches are prepared fresh so order a little in advance.
You can contact the reception/pro-shop by phone on: 03 80 48 95 20 or by fax: 03 80 48 95 25. You can also email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get to Quetigny by road from Paris, take the A6 motorway to Dijon, follow the rocade (motorway) around Dijon until you see the Quetigny exit and follow the signs to the golf club. From Lyon take the A6 motorway take the Quetigny exit and follow the signs to the golf club. You will find it just 2 minutes from the exit on your right hand side. Turn right where you see the McDonalds and right again about 100 meters further and you will find the clubhouse. For those of you with a GPS this should pose little problem as the course can be found on all major GPS maps of the area.
The course description is based on playing from the white tees. Please refer to the official website for the complete description regarding distances from the Yellow, Blue and Red tees. The flags all have a little red ball on them indicating the placement of the flag. If the ball is on the lower part of the flagstick then the hole is in the front portion of the green. The middle and the back respectively the higher the ball.
Hole 1 – Par 4 – 336 meters
This is a dogleg left. From the tee, check the wind direction, as this will play a crucial part in your shot decision. Take your Driver or 3-wood and aim for the center of the fairway at the dogleg. There is a bunker to the right of the fairway to catch any errant shots. The tall tree to the left of the fairway will block any attack to the green should your ball land left of the fairway at the dogleg. If your drive is successful, you should have a 95 to 120 meter shot to the green. Using a sand, pitching wedge or 9 iron, aim to the center right of this green as there is a bunker protecting the left side. This is a hole that provides a great chance for a birdie or a well assured par.
Hole 2 – Par 3 – 159 meters
A 5 iron or hybrid is a good choice here. There is a large bunker to the right of the green, so aim center or center-left of the green. The green is deceptive when putting, so be sure to check the break from both sides of the hole to make sure. Par is a very good score here.
Hole 3 – Par 5– 481 meters
For the long hitters this dogleg left, downhill, par 5 hole provides a great birdie chance and putting for eagle is not uncommon here. On the tee, with your Driver, aim over the practice area to your left between the pine trees. Be aware that to reach the fairway with this shot you will need to hit a drive of at least 230 meters. If the risk paid off from the tee and you did not hit it out of bounds or into the fairway bunkers, you will have a 5 or 6 iron left to the green. If you want to take the more conservative approach, with your 3 iron or 5 wood and aim over the lone bush to your left at about 120 meters out. Hitting a slight draw will put you in an ideal position for your second shot. Taking the conservative approach will normally leave you with about 200 meters to the green. There are 2 choices here – The shot is downhill, so a 3 or 5 wood at the green or a 7 iron short of the green – The 7 iron is less risky and leaves you with a comfortable Wedge at the flag. Be aware that two bunkers protect the green. The one on the left is fairly big. The green is fairly even and the break (where there is any) is very limited. A close approach almost always leaves an easy putt.
Hole 4 – Par 4 – 349 meters (Handicap 1)
The handicap 1 rating signifies that this is the most difficult hole on the course. The safest Drive here is straight down the center or to the right of the fairway. There are trees to the left and just beyond the trees lies a small body of water. There is a bunker on the right of the fairway at about 135 meters from the green. The ideal drive would be a draw off the elevated tee to left center of the fairway as this is the shortest route to the hole. Your second shot is at a green that is not very deep but is wide. The bunker protecting the green is very receptive to timid approaches. Take one club more than you would normally and go for the flag. The green has an enormous amount of slope both left to right and back to front. A close approach here is paramount to scoring. The safe play is a high fade into the center front of the green. When putting you will discover why this hole is rated 1 handicap. Enjoy, par here is an excellent score.
Hole 5 – Par 3 – 138 meters
Club selection on this par 3 is vital. Check the wind and take note of the horizontal water hazard 10 meters short of the green. There are bunkers on the front right and back left of the green. The green slopes from back to front so it is receptive to high shots, don’t be afraid to go at the flag, as this green is bigger than it looks from the tee.
Hole 6 – Par 4 – 370 meters
This sharp dogleg left is fairly straightforward. Driver off the tee to the center of the fairway at the dogleg leaves you with a 130-meter approach to a slightly elevated back to front sloping green so take an extra club. You can cut the dogleg by playing over the hedge on the left or if you have the distance there is another cheeky way to shorten this hole. Local ruling is that if your ball hits the electric pylons, you play again from the tee without penalty. The green is not too difficult but pay attention to pin placement, as this will almost always affect club selection. This green is 24 meters deep. A birdie here is always possible, but par is a great score.
Hole 7 – Par 3 – 172 meters
This long par 3 places a paramount on accuracy. Anywhere but on the green and a bogey or worse is common. There are 2 bunkers front right and a third just a little further on, level with mid-green to catch any pull fades. The bunker on the front right is deep. The pine trees and rough to the left are to avoid at all costs. Hit a low fade using the bunker on the front left as a target. If you are successful the ball will be well placed on the green. A high draw is a riskier shot as it is over all the trouble, but will provide you with more success. The green slopes from back to front and a little from left to right. This green is one of the deepest on the course at 28 meters. Ensure your par and move onto the 8th.
Hole 8 – Par 4 – 316 meters
Tee off with your 3 Wood. Check the pin placement before hitting your tee shot so as decide whether to aim left or right on the fairway to leave an open shot to the green. There is a lateral water hazard that runs along the tree line on your right. There is a small lake on the right of the green but should pose no problem unless you are a long hitter and take driver off the tee with an errant slice. To the left side of the fairway are 2 long bunkers strategically placed to catch the wayward tee shot. The green is elevated; so make sure to take an extra club especially if the wind is blowing in your face. The best second shot is at the left side of the green as it slopes back to the center and avoids the deep bunker to the right of the green. If the pin is on the front part of the green think about playing short of the hole to leave you with an uphill putt. This green is narrow at the entry but is very wide and receptive towards the back, check pin placement here and don’t overshoot the green, as there is only trouble and a definite bogey waiting.
Hole 9 – Par 5 – 488 meters
A good strategy is key on this hole. Don’t be too aggressive as it can cost you. Aim your tee shot down the left side of the fairway. There is out of bounds to your left and right. The rough on the left is not a fun place to be and often a ball is not found here. There is a bunker on the right side of the fairway. The fairway here is wide and rolls. For your second shot take 3 things into account – 1. The fairway has a slight left to right slope that is not obvious. The ball will almost always be slightly below your feet and will cause a left to right flight of the ball. 2- At 130 meters from the green there are 2 bunkers on your right and at around 100 meters from the green beyond the dogleg right are 2 more. 3- The wind… Once you have taken these into account, the best shot is mid iron to the center of the fairway about 25 meters past the 135 meter markers. This leaves a wedge or 9 iron into a 2 tiered green. You can try a low 3 wood at the front of the green, but unless you are pinpoint accurate, you will lose out and this is not recommended. There are bunkers protecting the left and right of this green. If the flag is on the lower front portion, the area is small but flat and most putts are make-able. If the flag is on the upper portion, then assure your approach by using the green to your advantage. There is a steep slope on the back right of the green and this can be used to cushion your approach. Birdie is possible here without being aggressive but par is more common.
Once you have finished the front nine, cross the road and pass by the practice putting area. Walk along the walkway with the driving range to your left, bypass the 18th and 3rd greens and walk towards where you teed off earlier on the 4th hole.
Hole 10 – Par 4 – 302 meters
This slight dogleg right gives you 2 choices off the tee. Play a long drive through the gap between the fairway bunker on the right and the mound and bunker of the 4th on the left, or play a 5 iron from this elevated tee, landing short of the bunkers. This will leave you a short to mid-iron approach to a 3 tiered green. The longer drive off the tee to left-center of the fairway will open up the green for you. If you drive right, you will have to play over a bunker (or from one) at probably the second most difficult green on the course. Your approach should be at the front of the green allowing for an uphill putt if you don’t land on the correct tier in relation to the flag.
Putting on this 3-tiered green will be a real test, so be patient. If your approach lands on the correct tier a birdie is always possible. Sink your putt and cross the road to start the 11th Hole.
Hole 11 – Par 4 – 328 meters
The course is relatively flat up to this point. From the 11th to the 15th it is all either up hill or down and the wind plays a large part in your strategy. The tee shot on this hole is uphill with a bunker right in the middle of the fairway. A driver or 3 wood aimed at the right edge of the fairway bunker is ideal. If you pass the bunker you will be well place on the flat portion to attack the green. If the wind is coming from the left or behind the green (have a look at the trees) always take an extra club and if possible, hit a low shot into this green that slopes back to front and is 2 tiered. There is a bunker on the back right of this green. Reading the break on this green can be the difference between a good score and a poor one, take your time.
Hole 12 – Par 4 – 326 meters
The 12th hole is downhill and if the wind is in your favour it makes this a very short birdie opportunity par 4. Aim to the left side of the fairway with driver or 3 wood to open up the approach to the green. The fairway is wide here and a draw or fade will place you well for the approach. A wedge or 9 iron to a green that is convex back to front and tricky. Check the wind and remember it is downhill, one club less maybe? There are no bunkers on this hole but there is a hollow in front of the green that makes judging distance deceptive. Depending on pin placement, aim for the front of the green to leave you with an uphill putt.
Hole 13 – Par 4 – 331 meters
The drive here is uphill and this hole plays a lot longer than its yardage. Aim at the 2 mounds on the center-left of the fairway and nail that drive. If the wind was with you on the 12th it will be in your face on the 13th. There is out of bounds to your right. The 2 bunkers on the right of the fairway, at about 100 meters from the green, rarely come into play if you have a headwind. The approach should take into account the deep bunkers on the front and back left of the green. This green is deep and is receptive to shots aimed at the right side as there is a slope funnelling balls back to the center of the green. Check the wind on your approach and ALWAYS take a club, if not 2, more. Putting is not too difficult as the green slopes slightly from front to back and left to right. Get your par and get onto the 14th.
Hole 14 – Par 4 – 309 meters
Another downhill par 4 that is not difficult. Rated at handicap 14. Aim your drive down the center or left-center of the fairway to open up the green for your approach. The fairway is flattest at around 60 meters from the green. The green slopes heavily from front to back and is protected by bunkers on each side. Hit your approach to below the hole to leave yourself an uphill putt. This is a definite birdie opportunity. If you have hit your approach below the hole the putt is not too difficult. Anywhere else on the green and you will have to deal with big breaks. Beware of the downhill putt.
Hole 15 – Par 3 – 131 meters
A tricky little par 3 that needs all your attention. The flag position is all-important as is the wind. If the prevailing wind is blowing from behind you on the tee and a little right to left then take a 9 iron or wedge and aim at the center of the green. In normal conditions an 8 iron will do. There is a massive bunker on the left that seems to have magnetic qualities in relation to golf balls. Do not overshoot left as that is O.B. or trouble. The green slopes heavily from left to right so pick your landing spot carefully. Backspin here can be to your detriment as the ball can easily spin off the green. Par here is a good score. Cross the road again for the home stretch.
Hole 16 – Par 4 – 302 meters
Here is a hole that requires a good strategy rather than an aggressive approach. There is a large fairway bunker at about 120 meters from the green and large hollow and a green surrounded by deep bunkers. The safe play is a 3 iron or hybrid to the center of the fairway. This leaves you with a short iron into the green and the approach over the least trouble. If you are a big hitter, then aim over the fairway bunker with a slight draw and you could find yourself with a sand wedge (50 meters or less) approach. The green slopes from back to front and is not at all difficult to read. Patience and strategy will give you a good score.
Hole 17 – Par 4 – 352 meters
Your drive from the tee should be down the center-left to give you the best angle of approach to the green. There is a horizontal water hazard about 50 meters from the green. Take a club more for your second shot and really pay attention to the pin placement, as this can mean a difference of 3 clubs, depending on the conditions. Hit a high approach onto this soft 2 tiered green. Make sure you hit your approach to the correct tier to avoid 3 putts. No bunkers here, but the green is elevated. The green is relatively flat on each tier so putting is not difficult. If you hit the green in regulation, you should score par easily.
Hole 18 – Par 5 – 435 meters
A great birdie opportunity if you chose the right shots on this right to left par 5. From the tee, take note of the fairway bunker to the right. Behind the trees to your left is a lake at about the same distance as the bunker. Drive your ball down the left side of the fairway, using the 135-meter marker on the left as a guide. Your second shot should be from about 170 meters. (The confident long hitters can attack this elevated green in search of an eagle…) Lay up with your second shot. Third shots played with a sand-wedge or pitching wedge give you the chance of a high shot with soft landing. The green is deep and slopes from back to front. Hit it close and the birdie is yours….
Once you have finished your round, there is an area in front of the clubhouse where you can clean your equipment if you wish. Head up to the bar for a well earned drink.