Near the banks of Lake Geneva, between Lausanne and Geneva itself, lies the magnificent Golf Club Domaine Impérial, one of the few Pete Dye signature designs to be completed in continental Europe. Built on land once owned by Napoleon Bonaparte's brother and overlooked by the imposing Villa Prangins, the golf course boasts impressive surroundings, but Dye's design more than vindicates the course's location.
Still today, this unique European course that he completely designed stands amongst the European top 50 and has many times, been ranked Swiss number one.
Over half a million cubic metres were shifted to realise Dye's extravagant vision before the course was finally opened in 1987. The result of all these efforts and developments are extraordinary - any golfer familiar with Pete Dye's style will understand that this is a designer who does nothing by half.
The 589-yard 16th hole typifies the designer's philosophy that the golf course should make par a challenge for golfers of all abilities, whilst always retaining the emphasis on rewarding good shots. Just across the French border lies the monumental Evian Royal Resort, which can be the basis of a terrific Alpine golf tour around the beautiful shores of Lake Geneva.