Ile du Diable — Devil's Island, French Guyana
International Fantasy course
Playable on simulator at Golf en Ville, the premier commercial indoor center of Paris
Architect: Trugolf — Designed: 1995
Severity index: 5 — Diabolic
18 holes, Par 72 — Length: 7721 yards
About Devil’s Island
Devi'ls Island is a fantasy digital course of the name of the famous Devil's Island, presenting a luxuriant and thriving environment. The holes have a very sinuous design, have significant unevenness, narrow fairways, many obstacles and distances to test the longest players. Some of them are home to the ocean.
This course is recommended for very good players who want to be tested in a particularly difficult environment to play.
Rising from the crystal waters of the Bermuda Triangle, this tortuously beautiful fantasy course is the most challenging and rewarding in the Links (Trugolf) portfolio.
From the unforgiving tee shot skirting Bentwood Beach on hole number three to the signature fourteenth, an impossibly small island green lurking in the lagoon of lost score cards, these eighteen holes will reward the accurate golfer lavishly and force the rest to walk the plank!
Course tips – hole by hole
(Source: John Pineda)
Have you ever wished you could break par at Devil's Island? Well this could be your chance.
There are many birdie opportunities. The trick is to get on the greens on regulation. This may seem not easy but if you know where to place the ball, it is possible to make birdies on most of the holes. I'm not saying you can birdie the holes with this but at least you can attempt putts for birdies instead or pars. You still have to putt you know.
Devil's Island has some shots towards the pin with the line obstructed by trees. In your practice rounds, try hitting through the trees just like in hole 2. More often than not, your shot surprisingly goes through.
This tricky par 4 requires that you hit the tee high enough to clear the trees and strong enough to reach that shadowy part on the fairway. From there, a 6 wood would get you to the green for a birdie attempt.
Patience is what you need. It is near impossible to score birdie as it looks like a par 5 made into a par 4. So tee with a 6 wood as the second patch of the fairway has a great slope to the right and any Driver or 3 wood shot might roll to the wild grass. Since the next shot would be just across the wild grass, play it safe. 2nd shot will be about 170y, so take 6 iron perfect for a 9 iron or PW to the green. For those looking fora birdie, here's a dangerous tip. Tee with a 2W, with added speed. Try to land it where the yellow dot is on the pic. From there, hit it with a 7 wood or 6 wood to the left. Normally this would take you on the green over the pin. Birdie opportunity!!! Or if you are more daring, after teeing off with the 3 iron, hit a 5 wood right through the trees.
This is a pretty simple hole. Tee with a 3 wood with added speed, then an 8 iron ought to get you to the green. Just hit it a bit longer as the green above the hole is flat.
One of the easy holes, just select which club normally a 5 iron at default, is best and go for the pin.
One of the longest Par-5's of the Links courses. Patience is again required. Remember, we dont play for eagles here. Just add speed to your 3 wood on the 2nd shot.
Tee with a 3W, and 7 iron from there.
Tee with driver and 3 wood for 2nd shot.
Tee with 3 wood with more speed and loft, hit it about one dot over12 o'clock.
Tricky hole, aim between the tracer and the orange boulder on the right, add more loft on a 2 wood and hit it over 12 o'clock. Perfect for a 5 iron shot.
The 3 wood would work perfectly fine here instead of the 2Wjust hit it at default.
This could be the easiest hole, a simple and short par-5 reachable in 2. Hit with a Driver off the Tee, then a 3 wood or 2 wood towards green.
Much like hole 10, only this is a par 4.
Another tricky tee shot. Aim at fairway left of the bunker (right of the tracer), 2 wood default or with a little more speed set up for a 30-40y wedge shot.
Driver 1 up on loft, then3 wood hit over 12 o'clock to the green
Play safe on this one, hit right fairway for a 25-30y pitch to the green. If you want to try it, a 6 wood default, hit at least a little over 12 o'clock would give you a very good birdie chance but less than that would bounce you back to the sea.
Aim where the tracer with 3 wood
This par 3 is quite tricky as you need to take more club because it will land on the fringe then roll to the green. 6 wood with a little more speed will do here
The fairway left of the dotted white line slopes downward sharply away from the hole. It would be very difficult to get to the green from there. So hit the tee shot Driver default, fade aim on the intersection of that white line and the wild grass (see the marker?) but don’t hit too strong, it might fade too much to the wild grass.7 wood from there to the green.
You can use the backdoor on this one, 3 iron or 1 iron tee shot then a 8 Iron or 7 iron to the next fairway then a 5 iron from there to the green. Don’t worry, the 5 iron has enough loft to clear the coconut trees. You can reach the green in two as well here but it takes a lot of snap to do it. Tee with a 2 wood at full speed and another 3 wood to the green.
About Devil's Island h3>
Devil's Island (in French: 'Ile du Diable') is said to have been so named by the Galibi Indians, who have made this island of rock without vegetation the residence of Iroucan, that is to say, the spirit of evil.
Administratively attached to the town of Cayenne, this small rocky island, 1200 meters long and 400 meters wide, now covered with palm trees, served as a prison for political prisoners in France and common law detainees.
A hostile environment:
Climate, hostile environment and adjacent pathologies were the safest allies of the prison administration and governments. Rainfall is much higher than on the continent, and humidity levels are around 85 to 95 percent. Crops are difficult, with high soil erosion, access to land is difficult, the seabed is very deep already around the islands, and infested with sharks (more rare nowadays because of overfishing).
The climate is humid equatorial type. The short rainy season runs from December to February. Then comes the small summer of March. Then begins the big rainy season, from April to July. Finally, the long dry season drags on from August to December. The humidity rate rarely drops below 80%. In fact, the minimum temperatures are 22 ° C and the maximum 32 ° C (in average).
Mosquitoes, at the time of the rainy season ("up to more than 1,000 bites a day"), ants in all seasons, in such a large number, but the most evil beast was the crab spider whose bite is venomous.
Continuous fevers, gastric embarrassment, sunburn, dry colic are recurrent, according to Captain Dreyfus. Dr. Rousseau sums up the situation in his book of memories:
'The guerrillas of Guyana are mass graves where, combined with syphilis and tuberculosis, all the tropical parasites (malaria, hookworms, parasitic worm of the small intestine, amoebae of dysentery) become the safest auxiliaries of the disease. An administration whose role is to watch the numbers entrusted to it melt. The fiercest theoreticians of elimination can be satisfied. Convicts live on average 5 years in French Guiana, no more. All these pathologies are the result of severe malnutrition, a lack of obvious hygiene and bacteria and viruses find a breeding ground for their proliferation.'
Fortunately, none of this at Golf en Ville. Players can brave this challenging course safely, without the harsh environment described above, sipping the drink of their choice and savoring delicious lasagna.
Play Devil’s Island in Paris on simulator
Alone or with friends, whether you are a golfer or not, you can spend a good time and play Devil’s Island (or one of other 99 international courses available) in the Paris area, on simulator, in very realistic conditions.
In one click, you can choose to play a selection of holes or the whole course; you can adjust about twenty parameters and display modes and customize the gaming experience and difficulty: the tee-box that is right for you, wind strength, pin position, green speed, fairway hardness, etc ...) or simply you can keep the settings that are available to you. You can also try one of the 35 scoring systems available, for more fun.
You can also choose to take a golf lesson on this course, and enjoy the precision of trajectory measures and the beautiful surroundings.
Please note that the severity index specified above is meant in ideal conditions i.e. no wind, pin position easy,...
If you add some wind, it's a different ball game, some courses can become very difficult.
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Updated on 09-02-20