Paris International is, at least so far, the only course Jack Nicklaus has designed in France. The location is notable for the nearby town of Auvers-sur-Oise, where Monet, Van Gogh and Pissaro all lived at one time or another. Set on hilly ground amid stately, mature trees, the course is, like all Nicklaus courses, built with the pros in mind, featuring clever and imposing bunkering, broad fairways and abundant water (though Nicklaus is not to be blamed for the large artificial pond at the edge of the 13th green, which was insisted on by those who run the club). Overall the Paris International is challenging; some tough shots are required if a player is to make par. The clubhouse, done up in the style of the Renaissance fortresses that dot the region, to some extent balances out the relative absence of whimsy and character on the course proper.