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Every year, the world's elite female golfers gather to compete in the LPGA Tour. From February to December, they cross the US, Europe and beyond, duelling it out for a share of the prize pot. With $56 million distributed across 2013's 33 LPGA tournaments, the rewards for success are plentiful. For spectators, meanwhile, the LPGA offers the chance to witness top female golfers chipping, driving and putting their way around championship courses.
With beautiful scenery, a laid-back vibe and the prospect of watching some brilliant golf, the LPGA Tour's appeal is not surprising. In September 2014, the tour comes to France when the Evian Championship is hosted at Évian-les-Bains. The resort and spa town is famous for the luminaries who have visited it over the centuries, including Britain's King Edward VII and George V. When the Evian Championship tees off however, all eyes will be focused on Evian Resort Golf Club as it hosts a major championship on the LPGA Tour.
Women's golf may generate less column inches than the men's game, but in terms of finesse, it's every bit as rewarding. If you need convincing, take a trip to Évian-les-Bains this September and find out for yourself.
Women's LPGA golf at Évian-les-Bains
2014 Evian Championship: the course at Evian Resort Golf Club
Evian Resort Golf Club can be found in the south-east of France. Overlooking Lake Geneva, the course's spectacular setting makes the 2014 Evian Championship an event to be savoured. The par 72 course, which covers 6,500 yards, is characterised by long, narrow fairways and a tricky water section at the 5th. Guests of the spas and holiday homes which populate Évian-les-Bains can look forward to teeing off on the modern course, which was extensively redesigned in 2013, with larger lakes and deeper bunkers added. From 11-14 September 2014, however, the only golfers lining up on the course will be LPGA competitors as the 21st Evian Championship gets underway.
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2014 Evian Championship: schedule
The 2014 tournament starts at the precise time of 7:50am on Thursday 12 September. Don't worry if you're not up in time to catch the first crack of metal on resin – there'll be plenty of golf to take in over the weekend. The second round is scheduled for a similar start the following day, with a cut announced upon its completion. Regardless of who makes the cut and who is sent home, players, caddies and tournament organisers alike will enjoy a temporary break from golf at 6:30pm, when a friendly football tournament is to be held at the resort. The following morning it's back to business however, when the third round tees off. On Sunday, the conclusion to the fourth round will see the winner of the 21st Evian Championship crowned at 5pm.
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2014 Evian Championship: Évian-les-Bains and water
Discussing the town of Évian-les-Bains would be impossible without broaching the topic of water. Yes, Evian is bottled here. That would also explain why they're the longtime sponsor of the LPGA tournament that's held each September. Regardless of your take on the properties of bottled water, Evian's certainly has history on its side; the town has long been sought out on account of its healing waters that reputedly confer numerous health benefits. As France's best-known spa resort, Évian-les-Bains attracts visitors from across the country as well as tourists who make the short journey across the Swiss border to experience various hydrotherapy treatments. Whether you're looking to recuperate, rejuvenate or simply relax, you can count on Évian-les-Bains to offer a water-based treatment to suit.
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2014 Evian Championship: Lake Geneva
At the 2014 Evian Championship, the impression cast by Lake Geneva will loom large. Half French, half Swiss in provenance, the lake is synonymous with the town of Évian-les-Bains that resides on its shores. For centuries, the lakeside promenade, with its neatly manicured lawns and mature trees, has been a retreat for the great and the good, the rich and the famous. In 1839, the first spa was constructed here, its pure water believed to help with conditions ranging from gout to arthritis. Boat trips are available from Evian to Lausanne in Switzerland, while children will relish a visit to the Nautical Center, whose lakeside diving stage is augmented by a solarium and children's paddling pool.
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2014 Evian Championship: Rhône-Alpes
Évian-les-Bains may be known for women's golf, but the Rhône-Alpes region is better known for skiing and adventure sports. If climbing, mountain biking and snowboarding aren't your thing, there are plenty of delights to be found in the regional capital of Lyon, whose gastronomical delights are rivalled only by those of Paris. Local specialities include quenelles – creamed fish or chicken – and gratin dauphinois. The food here is rich, but full of flavour, from the full-fat cheeses to the thick chocolate and marzipan desserts.
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Images 1 and 2 "2009 LPGA Championship" by dnkbdotcom
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Golf Rentals in Evian
150m2 apartment, fully renovated in 2008, in an authentic 15th century manor. It comprises 4 bedrooms (2 double beds + 2 single beds); 1 sitting-living room with TV, pleasure fireplace and wireless Internet access; 1 fully equipped kitchen; 1 bath...
Beautiful 4 bedroom villa located on the 9th Fairway Evian Championship Golf Course in France with panoramic views over Lake Geneva towards Switzerland and just 45 minutes from Geneva International Airport. The villa has its own garden, and terrac...
In good condition, nice big house with lots of luxury complete privacy and private heated pool. Especially the peace and space is characteristic of this villa. Because there are two levels is a kitchen, it is very suitable for family. The climate ...
This chalet of 400 Sqm (4,300 Sq ft) is located on the alpine hills of Evian, in a quiet and safe area surrounded by a +5,000 Sqm (+50,000 Sq ft) garden, and with exceptional views on the Lake Geneva and the Alps. The villa has 8 spacious bedrooms...
With close proximity from Evian, this typical village house has everything one could hope for a relaxing holiday. Charming and in quiet setting, the garden does not only have an organic vegetable patch and an orchard, it even has its own source of...
Tastefully decorated,large terraced garden, recent construction over looking Lake Leman..close to the source of Evian springs near a peaceful park.
Ideal to offer a relaxing break and well-being by the lake and spa of Evian-les-Bains, this studio offers a comfortable stay.
Up to 4 people, it is particularly suitable for families.
Composed of one room with a mezzanine a double bed and a trun...
this apartment above a pedestrian square is located near the lake, casino and spa.
Evian and the apartment are ideal for your vacation in the spring, summer, autumn and winter
The apartment (with elevator) - living room, conservatory, two bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, toilet - located on the 5th floor of a high-quality, classi...
F1 Comprising a main room with sofa bed sofa bed 130 cm, armchairs, TV, large balcony lake view.
A loft with sleeping for 2 persons, kitchen, bathroom and toilet.
Facing access Lausanne and cruise tours between spa and casino, near a golf course ...