Five months after renovation work was started, the French Golf Federation has issued a progress report on the current state of the Albatros course at the host venue of the 2018 Ryder Cup, Le Golf National.
The venue, which has welcomed the French Open every year since 2002 and 23 times in history, has substantially changed since Bernd Wiesberger lifted the trophy on July 5 earlier this year with renovation being undertaken to a budget of €7m.
The objectives of the upheaval is to offer the public and visiting players a memorable experience during the 2018 match, fitting with strict requirements to secure the course quality under all conditions and being aligned with model golf clubs when it comes to sustainable development.
"We are eager to share this new Albatros 2.0" - Paul Armitage
As a result, the course’s initial layout has been optimised for the tournament. For instance, there will be redesigned greens on the first and 16th holes, offering better pin positions or remodelled bunkers, proposing new USPGA sand that stands out with its nice white colour.
On lake edges, banks have been upgraded with oak wood coming from sustainable forests. Drainage and irrigation systems from the latest generation have been implemented on 13 holes, while the construction of buggy paths are underway.
“One of the best surprises we have in store for golf fans is on the 11th hole,” said Le Golf National general manager Paul Armitage. “In a few months, they will therefore discover a brand-new challenge and a fantastic lay out. We are impressed by the Albatros’ daily metamorphosis and the titanic work achieved by workers.
“We are eager to share this new Albatros 2.0 with our golfers at the reopening in May 2016 and with Tour players at the occasion of the 100th edition of the Alstom Open de France!”
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