In 148 acres of wooded parkland, over the years, the Evian Resort Golf Club has become a challenging course that has asserted its personality by offering the quality of a legendary championship course combined with the beauty of its exceptional setting. The incomparable viewpoints of Lake Geneva and the Alpine summits make this place one that is legendary and unforgettable.
1904 – Opening of Evian’s 9-hole course. In 1904, the Evian Mineral Water Company bought the farm and land belonging to the Berthet family and built a 9-hole golf course with the forthcoming opening of the Hôtel Royal in mind. Located at an altitude of 500 metres facing Lausanne, the golf course was an immediate success with visitors who were enchanted by its magnificent views and vegetation which was to be immortalised by Lamartine.
1922 – The 9-hole course was enlarged to 18 holes.
1988 – 1990 – Total renovation of the course by architect Cabell B. Robinson, former assistant to Robert Trent Jones.
1994 – First edition of the Evian Masters, the international women’s golf tournament. Assisted by Valérie Pamard, golf club director at that time, the creation of the Evian Masters by Antoine and Franck Riboud was part of a real desire to “fight for women’s golf, to launch an event at which players could do their job in the best possible conditions”. Antoine and Franck Riboud dreamt of offering the champions a springboard. The Evian Masters was launched on the European tour with the promise of a larger purse.
1994 – 2012 – The course was reshaped several times to prepare for the increasingly high level of play and to take on board the latest USGA standards. In particular, the course was lengthened in 2003. Over the years, this demanding course has asserted its personality via its unique codes – wood, stone and flowers – found at the heart of a stunning region that has so much to give.
2006 – Opening of the Academy, a cutting-edge golf training centre and the official practice centre for the Evian Championship players.
2007 – Creation of the Evian Masters Juniors Cup that brings together the top under 14 golfers.
2012 – The Evian Masters makes its mark in history by becoming The Evian Championship, the 5th Major and the only one held in Continental Europe.
2013 – Total renovation of the course and the year of the 1st Evian Championship. For this renovation project, course design was entrusted to EGD, an architectural firm represented by South African Dave Sampson and Briton Jeremy Slessor (designers of Celtic Manor, venue for the Ryder Cup 2010), under the expert eye of Steve Smyers, American architect and LPGA consultant. All the tee boxes were modified and the fairways reworked. The greens are also firmer, more technically challenging and larger in size offering 6 pin positions. They are defended by an increased number of more ambitious obstacles, in particular newly created or enlarged water features, and many deeper bunkers have also been re-positioned all over the course. The course offers more pace, is more spectacular and requires more strategic play, whilst retaining its strong French identity. A challenge for any golfer.
2015 – The course continues to mature, thanks to the work carried out by staff and the hand of nature. Improvements have been made to some of the tee boxes (14 & 18), and to the 12th green to ensure, time and time again, that it meets the standards of a Major. This objective has also led to work being carried out, all around the course, on the path for golf carts. This facility, in particular highly awaited by guests staying at the Resort throughout the year, improves movement around the 18-hole course whatever the weather conditions.