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Unlike the PR bandwagon rolled out for car-free day, Paris' 1st Open Golf tournament received scant notice - other than the poster that ran in last week's Metropole - until the first day of the two-day event, which this reporter 'covered' by chancing to see it on TV-news on Saturday evening.

On the poster, in small print, there was mention of the Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes. I don't know everything, so these two big parks could have golf courses hidden in them without me being aware of them - although I do own an unused 3-iron that I got for 10 francs 'on sale.'

So then, I am watching the TV-news and there's Severiano Ballesteros, whacking a golfball off a tee on the Champ de Mars, trying for a hole-in-one on the Tour Eiffel.

This idea was dreamed up by Fred Beauchêne, who has already brought us skiing at Trocadéro andphoto: parking service, fauchon wind-surfing in the Seine off Bercy. The 'Paris Open' is an 18 hole, 41 kilometre-long course played within Paris, which does not have a regulation golf course, not even in the big parks.

The Champ de Mars was picked to be fairway one, 17 and 18. No mention was made of where the 19th hole is located. After the first hole, the second was at the Parc Floral at Vincennes as were three and four.

Holes five and six were played somewhere around the 'Ile de Bercy' - which must have been a barge, because there's no such island within Paris. This is possible, because TV-news showed the golfers trying to hit a green on the Allée des Cygnes, near the Statute of Liberty. Another view showed them teeing off from the fake grass on a barge deck.

On the 11th hole, the hazard was the water jets at the Parc André Citroën. These bounce up and down - fairly quickly - so it takes a well-timed shot to get over them. The only cement or asphalt fairway seems to have been at the Hôtel de Ville, which has its 'Trou d'Honneur,' otherwise numbered as zero.

Saturday's 'Pro-Am' round included 72 players, in 18 teams, each with a 'pro.' Sunday's 'Open Calvin Klein' had six teams with three 'pros' each, with four former champion golfers forming a seventh team.

Metropole's New Web Address Continues

This is the new URL for 'Metropole Paris:' http://www.metropoleparis.com I have been getting the 'no DNS' message about half the time I have to access this magazine. Some readers have said the old URL works fine, with the 're-direct' sending them to the current issue. Please 'bookmark' this new URL, but don't throw out the old one - just in case.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 3.39 - 28. September 1998 - The Café Metropole column was titled - 'Pink Vote Takes Cake in Germany.' 'Au Bistro' had 'Only Elections, Cars and Date Change Stuff.' This issue had three features, entitled 'A 'Sort Of' Car-Free Day in Paris,' count down Eiffel Tower 'Right Here, Today: 20,000 Jobs' and 'Poster Hunt On the Boul' Mich.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'What's that Wierd Noise?'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 2.39 - 29. September 1997 - The Café Metropole column was called - 'Paris' Long August.' The Au Bistro column was entitled 'President Chirac's Roadshow.' This issue had two features, entitled 'Wandering Towards Beaubourg' and 'Les Halles Is a Hole In Paris' Centre.' An eMail from Kathie Coulson suggested - 'On a Hundred Bucks a Day' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Indian' Summer for Waiters.'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 96 more itty-bitty, mostly cloudy, cool and occasionally stormy Paris and Ile-de-France autumn days to go until the really big year-end party is in full swing.
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