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The private clubs within range of Paris, such as the well-known Morfontaine, remain off-limits to the typical business traveler. But many French membership clubs welcome visitors either weekdays year-round or during the July and August period when many Parisians are away on vacation.

If business can justify a weekend stay, consider making the roughly two-hour drive to Les Bordes (www.lesbordes.com), ranked by many experts as the best course in continental Europe.

Designed by American architect Robert von Hagge on land once owned by the Bic pen magnate, Baron Bich, the course is to golf what Mont Blancs are to writing implements.

Generally, you will need an FFG (Fédération Française de Golf) card to tee it up: Cards for a week can be purchased at most golf venues.

While many courses stipulate a handicap requirement as a matter of policy, Americans who play while in Paris report that when they go to the trouble of bringing sticks, they are generally treated as a serious golfers.

The Peugeot Golf Guide, widely available in France, is an excellent resource for visitors looking for public courses.

GOLF DE STADE FRANCAIS COURSON MOTELOUP

Ferme de la Gloriette, 91680 Bruyere-le-Chatel.

Web: www.golf-stadefrancais.com.

Call: 011-33-1-64-58-80-80.

Holes: 36.

Green Fee: EUR30/40 weekday; EUR38-61 weekend.

Vert-Noir (18)-Yardage: 7,147/5,235. Par: 72/72.

Lilas-Orange-Yardage: 6,740/4,965. Par: 72/72.

GOLF DE FEUCHEROLLES

Sainte Gemme, 78810 Feucherolles. Twenty-seven kilometers from Central Business District.

Web: www.golf-de-feucherolles.com.

Call: 011-33-1-30-54-94-94; fax 011-33-1-34-54-92-37.

Holes: 18.

Yardage: 6,919/5,406.

Par: 72/72.

Green Fee: EUR30.50/46 weekdays; EUR46/61 weekends.

GOLF DE CELY

Le Chateau, Route de St-Germain, 77930 Cely en Biere.

Call: 011-33-1-64-38-03-07; fax 011-33-1-64-38-08-78.

Holes: 18.

Yardage: 6,402/5,108.

Par: 72/72.

GOLF DE CHAUMONT-EN-VEXIN

Chateau de Bertichere, 60240 Chaumont-en-Vexin. One hour from CBD.

Call: 011-33-3-44-49-00-81; fax 011-33-3-44-49-31-72.

Holes: 18.

Yardage: 6,689/5,547.

Par: 72/72.

Green Fee: EUR23/46. Carts available.

GOLF DISNEYLAND

Disneyland Resort Paris, Allee de la Mare Houleuse, 77700 Magny LeHongre, 40 minutes from CBD.

Call: 011-33-1-60-45-68-90.

Holes: 27.

Green Fee: EUR30/47. You'll have to negotiate "Goofy's Pro Shop." Orange Course(9)-Yardage: 3,372/ 2,736. Par: 36/36.

Red Course(9)-Yardage: 3,166/2,425. Par: 36/36.

Blue Course (9)-Yardage: 3,408/2,777. Par: 36/36

GOLF DE FORGES-LES BAINS

Rue du General Leclerc, 91470 Forges Les Bains.

Call: 011-33-1-64-91-48-18; fax 011-33-1-64-91-40-52.

Holes: 18.

Yardage: 6,711/5,213.

Par: 72/72.

Green Fee: EUR30/50.

GOLF DE LA VAUCOULEURS

Rue de L'Eglise. 78910 Civry-la-Foret. Thirty-five minutes from CBD.

Call: 011-33-1-34-87-62-29; fax 011-33-1-31-87-70-09.

Holes: 36.

Green Fee: EUR28/35 weekdays; EUR47/58 weekends. Carts available.

Les Vallons-Yardage: 6,145/4,669. Par: 70/70. Rating: 68.6/66.5. Slope: 115/111.

La Riviere-Yardage: 6,690/5,150. Par: 73/73. Rating: 73.2/71.2. Slope: 138/132.

GOLF DE SAINT QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES

Base de loisirs RD 912, 78190 Trappes.

Call: 011-33-1-30-50-86-40; fax 011-33-1-34-82-88-82.

Blue Course (18)-Yardage: 6,732/5,461. Par: 72/72.

Red Course (18)-Yardage: 6,087/4,947. Par: 69/69.

GOLF DES YVELINES

Chateau La Couharde, 78940 La Queue-les-Yvelines.

Call: 011-33-1-34-86-48-89; fax 011-33-1-34-86-50-31.

Holes: 27.

Green Fee: EUR33/54.

Les Chenes (18)-Yardage: 6,915/5,466. Par: 72/72.

GOLF DU CHATEAUX DE MAINTENON

Route de Gallardon, 28130 Maintenon. One hour from CBD.

Call: 011-33-2-37-27-18-09.

Holes: 18.

Yardage: 6,051/4,840.

Par: 70/70.

Green Fee: EUR32/52.

Carts: EUR22/28.

GOLF INTERNATIONAL LES BORDES

41220 St.-Laurent-Nouan. Two hours southwest of CBD by car.

Web: www.lesbordes.com.

Call: 011-33-2-54-87-72-13; fax 011-33-2-54-87-78-61.

Holes: 18.

Yardage: 6,998/4,759.

Par: 72/72.

Rating: 66.5-75.8/72.1-78.1.

Slope: 126-148/141-149.

Green Fee: EUR80/105.

GOLF NATIONAL

2 Avenue du Golf, 78280 Guyancourt, 24 kilometers southwest of CBD.

Call: 011-33-1-30-43-36-00; fax 011-33-1-30-43-85-58.

Web: www.golf-national.com.

Holes: 36 (plus 9-hole teaching course).

L'Albatros(18)-Yardage: 7,101/5,324. Par: 72/72. Rating: 74.8/73.6. Slope: 142/129. Green Fee: EUR29/75.

L'Aaigle (18)-Yardage: 6,470/5,285. Par: 72/72. Rating: 70.4/70.1. Slope: 120/111.

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