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Golf de Mortemart

Address Golf de Mortemart, Les Villards -
87330 Mortemart - Haute-Vienne
Telephone +33 5 55 60 45 16
Holes 9 hole golf course
Yardage 5782-5146-4760-4430 m
Par 74
Visitors Welcome
Green Fees
18 holes: C-D
Course Designer 7 holes opened Autumn 2007, 2 more March 2008.
Location Just outside the village of Mortemart on the road to Bellac.
• Catering close by
• 10-bay practice range
• Individual or group golf lessons
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I joined Mortemart in January 2010 and was fairly dubious about it only being 9 holes and not very long, but was persuaded by another 9 handicapper to give it a go. I have to say that when I saw a lot of laying water on some of the fairways I began to question my decision. In its defence we had a very wet winter this year which is unusual for this region which normally has cold and dry winters. Well as winter turned to spring and I began to know the course I found myself really enjoying this great little course and ultra friendly club. The greens have been superb all year and the course maintenance is of the highest level. This is mainly due to the fact that the owner also heads up the green staff and is a fully trained greenkeeper. Improvements continue to be made as the course is only 3 years old. Notably the short 5th had a tier added to the green; the work took place almost overnight and the hole was never out of play and within a month you would have thought it had always been like that. Alterations have been made to several bunkers to stop balls running through them. The fairways are watered in summer and lush. Whilst there are 3 very straight forward and short par 4s you still need to play from the fairways as the rough will punish you. The 1st requires an accurate drive across a tree lined stream about 100m from the tee, and there is OB all along the right hand side. The green is well protected by bunkers and the same stream awaits anything pulled left. The 2nd is a 186m (204yds) par 3 which plays uphill to a large sloping green with 3 well positioned bunkers. Always happy to walk off with a par. The 3rd hole is stroke index 1, a par 5. The green is dog legged around to the right and you need to hit 2 good shots just to see the green. The fairway slopes to the right and toward the OB. It's easy to get into trouble by playing too tight to the right. The next 3 holes are fairly straight forward and you should make pars if you are straight. The 7th is a nice par 5 tree lined both side! As for the last 150m and with a good straight drive the longer hitters can get home in 2. The 9th is a 90 degree left hand dog leg around a lake which goes all the way to the side of the green. You can drive across the water about 220m carry to leave a wedge in but you risk going out of bounds if you hit too straight. Best play is follow the fairway and be happy with a bogey!
Mortemart is a pleasure to play for hackers or tigers, and when you think you have done well or not on its most difficult holes you have to play them all again on the second 9.
Value For Money: Good
Mark: 8/10
Kim Evers October 16, 2010

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