Vive la France!


A French Dream of a course, over-looking Lake Geneva

Our journey of dreams this week takes us to Europe into the French Alps to the famous Evian Golf Resort! 

A championship course and now, a new lake course both overlooking Lake Geneva.  Two amazing hotels – the historic 5-star Royal and the more recent 4+-star Hermitage, and a delightful old Manoir house that sleeps 14 in luxurious 7 one bedroom suites.  The Royal is the jewel in the crown which exemplifies French style while the Hermitage is a more modern layout, all rooms overlooking the lake. Click here for a course flyover!

Both courses weave around the hillside featuring holes that are known for their magnificent gardens.  The resort has hosted the Evian Masters since 1994 when Franck Riboud, President of the Danone Group (makers of Evian mineral water) instigated what has become the LPGA’s 5th major.  Sadly, cancelled in 2020 this event has been won by Laura Davies (1995,1996) and Annika Sörenstam (2000, 2002) twice, Australia’s Karrie Webb in 2006 and New Zealand's Lydia Ko in 2015 with a winning margin of 6 strokes.  This popular tournament is captured in our second video, click here.

The course and resort are named after the Evian mineral water, that was featured in Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express.  The healing properties of the water were first known when the Marquis of Lesser drank water from the Sainte Catherine spring on the land of M. Cachat and was allegedly cured of his liver and kidney ailments.  In 2018 Evian announced that it will move to make all its plastic water bottles from 100% recycleable plastic by 2025.

Do dream about Evian and the chance to stay and play at this fabulous resort.  The resort has a casino, many spas, bars and a selection of restaurants.  The local village of Evian is quaint to walk around and by ferry, pop across the lake to Lausanne where the International Olympic Committee and the International Golf Federation with their museums are housed, along with many other sporting bodies.

Vive la France and Au revoir.