It saw the blossoming of one of the best current French golfers, Romain Langasque, who came from the Saint Donat Golf Academy, a benchmark for the development of French golfers.
25 years ago, this course was designed thanks to the coming together of professionals in their sectors: the Californian designer, Robert Trent Jones Jr., and Michel Benedetti, owner of the site, director of a public works and golf course construction company. They designed a quite compact course (5857 metres, Par 72), very varied, precise, traversed by the Mourachonne, a tributary of the river Siagne, which cuts through the fairways. At Saint Donat, there is a very American “target golf” spirit, the signature of the Trent Jones family, a large water feature shared by the tenth and eighteenth.
It’s a course which demands precision above all, one of the necessary qualities of this sport. In particular, the first holes steer between little mounds, trees, river and well- defended greens like the third, the most difficult with its island green. The fifteenth, crossed by the Mourachonne, very tight, plunges down towards one of the arms of the river in front of the green. Saint Donat is also a shop-window for the Benedetti group’s know-how. The course is equipped with the latest technologies as regards watering and drainage for optimum water-management. Use of organic fertiliser is also part of this ecologically responsible approach. The 18-hole course is accompanied by a compact 9-hole of 695 metres, Par 27 which is designed to be a good training ground for rookies and enthusiasts alike.