The Domaine et Golf de Vaugouard situated near Montargis, 100 km south of Paris in the Loîret, was started in 1985 by a visionary client, Mr Pierre-Yves Dhuiege, who called upon the Fromanger & Adam Partnership as Architects, Landscape Architects and Golf Course Architects to design a new type of resort complex.
The concept was centered on the development of a resort which consisted of renovating the existing chateau so that it could house the club-house, restaurant, bar, health club, pool, reception rooms and conference facilities. The design also included a hotel****, a tennis club with five outdoor and two indoor courts, an indoor and outdoor equestrian centre and a helistation for the complex.
The course itself was designed to make the best use of the existing features and topography and was articulated to integrate the amenities of the resort, so as to mitigate their visual impact and to have all the features of the complex appearing and feeling as a harmonious whole. The first hole plays towards the entrance of the resort and the hotel. The second through to the ninth hole plays on a wooded plateau full of mature oaks. Then the following four holes play through woodland on sloping ground towards a low lying wetland area. The last five holes play through sloping agricultural fields that are crossed by a meandering stream. Notable holes and features include the 13th with its island green, the 18th as a classic finishing hole for match-play and the practice range on water.