Every year, in late June to early July, the world's greatest players come together for three days on the Albatros course at Le Golf National in Paris. Launched in 1906, the Open de France has belonged to the European circuit since it was created in 1972. Since it began, the famous tournament has boasted an impressive list of winners and has welcomed the biggest names in golf: Arnaud Massy, Walter Hagen, Bobby Locke, Nick Faldo, Severiano Ballestero and Martin Kaymer, the 2009 champion and record-holder for the course with 62 at the end of the first round.
The Open is played in 4 rounds of 18 holes. It is a tough and demanding circuit that is remarkable for its hilly terrain dotted with water obstacles and bunkers. Located next to the central green on the forecourt of the Golf National, the Open village welcomes spectators at the fringes of the competition with boutiques set up by partners Rolex and Lacoste, a restaurant area and a giant screen broadcasting the tournament live. A driving range and a putting green are also open to the public so they can try their hand at golf or improve their skills by trying out the latest innovations from the equipment-makers.