Seignosse Golf Club

France, South France, SW France, Biarittz
5 (5)
Course Opened: 1989

One of the most disappointing and over-rated courses on the European mainland, the Seignosse Golf Club is an extremely hilly yet overly manufactured test designed by Texan Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril. The design work here looks almost mailed-in, parts are completely nonsensical and others are too steep or unnecessarily contoured.

The uphill holes are terrible, especially the par five 4th which is ridiculously narrow and sporadically bunkered as it plays steeply up toward an obscured green with a crazy central tier. The mounding here and across the course is very artifical and usually employed to provide some additional fairway width. Unfortunately several holes are still too narrow and those which aren't just look manufactured.

The shaping and design tactics employed here are questionable as well, the 2nd hole is a short four with a virtual island green that is large and lacking in visual definition. It's an almost impossible target from the tee forcing almost everyone to play it as a simple layup pitch hole.

Although a couple of ponds, some dramatic ditch-style bunkering and decent maintenance saves this course a little and gives it appeal to the average visitor, at its core this is a very poor course.


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