To get there: Junction 25 or 24 off the A16 motorway from Calais Golf de Nampont St-Martin Maison Forte 80120 Nampont-St-Martin Telephone: 0033 (0)3 22 29 92 90 Fax: 0033 (0)3 22 29 97 54 Website: www.golfdenampont.com
Golf de Nampont St-Martin
Les Cygnes (The Swans) Par 72 - 6051m
Le Belvedere Par 70 -5275m
We recommend this club as the most welcoming and friendly in the region. Its two
courses offer totally contrasting styles, Les Cygnes is long, flat, and watery, with
the almost unique distinction of crossing a regional border (the River Authie between
the Nord Pas-de-Calais and Picardy). The other course, Le Belvedere, winds prettily
in and out of mature parkland woods on chalk downs to the south side of the Authie
Les Cygnes So many bad things are said about this course that we’ll restrict ourselves
to mentioning just three. It’s not very well maintained, with uneven tees, rough
fairways and slow, bumpy greens. It’s poorly designed, so that you can’t use a driver
off the tee on some long holes for fear of running out of fairway, while other par
4 greens are almost reachable with the driver. It’s often badly affected by wet
weather and it becomes a swamp most winters. If you play this course, be prepared
for lots of bad lies, lots of bad luck, and lots of water everywhere. On two holes
you will have to cross the river Authie, from Picardy into Pas-de-Calais, or the
reverse. This at least offers you the opportunity to claim genuinely to have “twice
hit the ball into the next county”.
The Belvedere It’s not fashionable to say so but this is the better of the two courses.
It’s prettier and more varied, and a good shot will usually be properly rewarded.
The occasional less good shot is unlikely to be so harshly punished as on Les Cygnes,
and almost all the dangers are clearly visible. In wet weather this course remains
mostly playable, and on baking hot sunny days there’s more shade. Because it’s two
loops of 9 holes, you can stop for refreshments at the bar after the 9th. The bar
is friendly and the restaurant here provides good meals at reasonable prices. Do
eat here - it’s the best clubhouse restaurant in the region..