A great story
1919 Mrs Edmond Gillet, back from a trip to the United States, decides to create the first golf course in the Lyonnaise region. She acquires two attached properties, one in Oullins, the other in Saint Genis Laval spanning 19 hectares. She hires her first greenskeepers, a British family who will be replaced shortly afterward by the Baud household from Touquet.
1929 The Official Journal from the 29th of January publishes the constitution of the Sports Association of the Golf Club de Lyon, under the presidency of Edmond Gillet.
1962 While the Sports Association has some 230 members, the properties are hit with expropriation, for the route of the west bypass of Lyon. After much research, the president Georges Roque acquires 220 hectares in Villette-d’Anthon, lands classified unconstructible (liable to flooding), and then at more than an hour from Lyon.
The 18-hole course (currently les Brocards) is realized by the English architect, Fred Hawtree, assisted by M. Fenn and Emile Antoine. The greens are equipped with an automatic sprinkler system. M. Cottard, an architect from Annecy, is responsible for the construction of the Club House. Finally, in order to protect the lands from floods, an artifical levee of more than 2600 meters is built. At the same time, the Golf Club de Lyon raises the height of the access road, the car park and the location of the Club House.
1979 The Golf Club de Lyon receives the Open de France with players known to all: Gary Player, Severiano Ballesteros, Vicente Fernandez, Nick Price, Tony Jaklin, Bernard Gallacher, Sam Torrance, and Eamon Darcy all participated.
1991 The GCL becomes a company. Under the impulse of Jacques Gontard sustained by his committee, particularly Jean Louis Diot, a new grounds of 18 holes, les Sangliers is decided to be built. Hugues Lambert is in charge of the drawing.
2001 The Open de France is back on the grounds of the Sangliers. José Maria Olazabal wins this competition.
2005 The Golf Club de Lyon receives the 1 league French Championship – Trophy Gunouilhou – on the grounds of the Sangliers. The team of Saint-Nom la Bretèche becomes French Champion defeating in final the team of RCF la Boulie.
Today, the Golf Club de Lyon has some 800 members who can play without reservation of departures on 2 grounds as different the one from the other as they are attractive.
The challenge of satisfying the members with very different expectations is in this way taking up easier.
Golf leisure, but also sportive golf with, on this period, new competitions creates from the Sportive Association initiative and new titles
2006 Creation of the Grand Prix Senior of the Golf Club de Lyon (became Senior Trophy)
2007 Creation of the Junior Trophy which lumps together all the young people at the end of the season
2009 Grand Prix of the Golf Club de Lyon on 54 holes
2010 Gaveau Cup, Women French Championship, Pierre Deschamps Cup, Grand Prix of the Golf Club de Lyon, Senior Trophy, Madame Figaro Trophy, Junior Trophy
As for the titles, the Golf Club de Lyon is the 1st series senior Interclubs French Champion in 2006, and, as a strong symbol for the future of the Club, the exceptional victory of Gary STAL at the Match Play Internationals of France in 2008.
The men's team is in second division and our women's team splendidly remained in the elite of the French Clubs in 2009.