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Golf Old Course

The Old Course, now there’s a story. Forced into exile by Tsar Alexander III, Grand Duke Michael of Russia discovered the pleasure of the greens on a trip to the Old Course of Saint-Andrews in Scotland, one of the oldest courses in the world (16th century). He took it into his head to found the first golf course on the Côte d’Azur. And he called on Harry Shapland Colt, the father of golf course design, to set out a 9-hole, the “Grand Duke.” From then on, all the crowned heads of Europe were eager to try it out. Prince Bertil of Sweden and King Leopold of Belgium were appointed honorary presidents. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor took tea at the clubhouse. Later, after the Second World War, movie stars, such as Jerry Lewis and Sean Connery, also liked to come to watch the competitions amongst other things. After belonging to the Barrière group, which with Marino Vagliano, a former golf champion, had extended it to an 18-hole course, a former Saint-Étienne and Nice footballer, Francis Camerini, bought the club in 1997. Today, still owned by his family, the Old Course offers two courses, the historic “Grand Duke” and the more recent 18-hole course, which are situated on either side of the Siagne, a river the golfers have to cross by ferry. With its particular configuration, in the middle of thousands of dense pines, the 18-hole requires precision and dexterity. Each year, it also hosts some of the most prestigious competitions of the Côte d’Azur.

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