Chantilly was one of Briton Tom Simpson's first designs. The course featured twenty-seven holes when it debuted in 1909, and an additional nine were constructed by Donald Steel in 1990, at which time three of the new holes took the place of Simpson's outstanding finishing holes in order to make room. In other respects, the club's quaint feel—it has been called the St. Andrews of France—remains largely unchanged; thus the venerable, pavilion-style clubhouse is a marked contrast to the sprawling edifices that are now so popular. The 6500-meter length presents a decent challenge but is not too much for ordinary players. The dense rough is to be avoided at all costs, so the short game is at a premium. Sadly, however, the Old Course is seldom played anymore. In any case, the club is very good about upkeep, and the experience is enlivened by an adjacent horseracing track.