Domaine Imperial

Domaine Imperial

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Just scroll down the page for a moment to have a look at the map that accompanies all of our Top 100 entries in every list.

It’s there to give you an idea of where to fly to, where to stay, where else you could play while you are ticking off that particular Top 100.

On this occasion, it also gives you a very good idea of the experience you can expect from the course.

For those of you who didn’t take my advice, Domaine Imperial sits hard to the edge of Lake Geneva, just north of the gentrified Swiss city.

So, here you have an amazing location on the lake with the alps behind – or at least you do from certain parts around the club, but not so much from the course itself.

So while you drink it in from the putting green and clubhouse terrace, you don’t get quite the splendour from the course.

Pete Dye was drafted in to make the most of the location, which although it doesn’t hit Crans-sur-Sierre heights of Alpine splendour is hardly modest.

There is some water around the greens on the back nine and more obvious risk-and-reward shots.

“It was the first time, in this part of the world, that I have the opportunity of creating such a unique course,” he said.

“I believe I managed to find the good cocktail between the different approaches taken by players, at the same time making the course more difficult than meets the eye.”

It was, one imagines, a tricky routing as a result of planning issues, because Dye has left some long walks from green to tee on occasion (the 2nd to 3rd notably) and as a result it doesn’t flow brilliantly.

It’s not overly tough and perfectly playable from the tee. There is some water around the greens on the back nine and more obvious risk-and-reward shots.

The area can get quite wet but the construction was clearly first class because the drainage is excellent. Chris Bertram

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Golf Club du Domaine Impérial , Villa Prangins , Gland , Switzerland , 1196