The history of the Monte-Carlo Golf Club, a centenary club
Located in La Turbie 860 meters above sea level, the Monte-Carlo Golf Club offers a majestic view of both the sea and the mountains. It was inaugurated on 16 November 1911 by the Société des Bains de Mer and celebrated its centenary in 2011!
The creation of the Monte-Carlo Golf Club
Originally, it was the British Colony of Monte-Carlo that persuaded the Société des Bains de Mer to take on the audacious project of creating the Monte-Carlo Golf Club. Building the golf course required a hundred labourers, who went up onto the Golf Course between April and October. From the start, the Monte-Carlo Golf Club had 18 holes drawn on the ground which today correspond to the first 12 holes. There were also two tennis courts and a pigeon shooting range with more than a hundred members. A regular bus route provided access from the Place du Casino.
The best players in the world gathered for prestigious tournaments
At the end of the Second World War, Jean-Charles Rey got the association going again with professional greats Henry Cotton, Max Faulkner and Robert Halsall among others. Rey disposed of few means but enlisted the help of another Englishman, F. Stone.
When Prince Rainier’s father, Prince Pierre, became club president, construction continued with the building of two new holes and a 6000 m3 underground basin.
In 1970, Jean-Charles Rey once again became president of the club until 1994. It was under his leadership that the Monte-Carlo Professional Open, a European Tour tournament, was held again for 9 years from 1984 to 1993, bringing together the best players in the world!
A golf course under constant renovation
The golf course has been constantly improved and renovated since 1995 when Henry Rey became president of the club. Here are some of the major improvements: three new holes have been added, other holes have been renovated, three greens have been redone, the golf pro shop and the barn have been rebuilt and the Club House lounges and changing rooms have been renovated.
As in the past, the committee‘s sole concern is to optimise the golf course’s fantastic potential. Its breathtaking panoramic view of the mountain and the sea at the same time is one-of-a-kind, especially from the fifth hole where you can actually see three countries at once!
The Monte-Carlo Golf Club celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2011 in a unique setting, the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort lagoon, in the presence of H.S.H Prince Albert 2 of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene, club president Henry Rey and 200 guests.