Golfing Breaks in France

If you’re looking for a great golf break abroad but don’t want to trek miles, France is the ideal destination. Boasting some of the best rated courses in mainland Europe, beautiful surroundings, and excellent food, wine and sunshine, you probably won’t want to come home. So read on for a guide to three fabulous stay and play golf courses in France.

Aquitaine, Bordeaux, Golf Du Medoc Hotel & Spa
The ChâteauxCourse at the Golf Du Medoc is a member of the Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe, with the four star hotel complex offering luxury accommodation amongst the vineyards of Bordeaux. TheChâteaux is a championship heather and brush Scottish links type course offering a real challenge, while the Vignes course on the resort provides a gentler play through pine trees and moorland.The hotel offers contemporary accommodation, traditional fine French dining and a luxury spa.One night’s accommodation in a double room with buffet breakfast, plus a round on the Châteaux or Vignes course and free spa access costsfrom €138 per person sharing a double.

Terre Blanche Hotel & Spa Resort, Tourettes, Provence
These two Dave Thomas designed courses set amongst the beautiful landscape of Provence, and less than an hour’s drive from Nice and Cannes, offer the ultimate in stunning scenery and outstanding golf.

The elevated courses capitalise on the natural beauty of the area, with wide and immaculate fairways snaking their way through forests, undulating greens, a good number of water hazards, lakes and some challenging sand traps, all overlooking a picturesque valley dotted with rustic medieval villages.

The championship Le Riou course is the most challenging of the two, demanding strong play, yet you can also enhance your game by taking good advantage of the resort’s focus on the science of play during your stay. A Golfing School, David Leadbetter Golfing Academy and Albatross Golf Performance Centre, incorporating posture analysis and the ultimate in sophisticated technology to measure, analyse and improve your game, are regarded as exceptional. The Chateau itself provides luxury five star accommodation in suites or villas of the highest standard. Prices are admittedly steep, but Terre Blanche offers the kind of golfing holiday that dreams are made of, so it’s worth saving for.

Pont Royal Golf Club, Mallemort, Côte d’Azur

Rent a villa on this estate at the foot of the Alps, and play on the only Seve Ballesteros designed course in France. Only 35 minutes drive from Marseille Airport, this course is set on a 450 acre private estate and regarded as one of the top ten courses in France. Home to the French Masters for some years, the course offers a good test of your skills, natural ravines, well placed water hazards and large bunkers. The golf club also includes a Leadbetter Academy, a clubhouse, bar and gastronomic restaurant, and a pro shop stocked with everything from Callaway X Hot Irons to golfing visors, To stay, choose from a large number of private villas to rent on the estate, varying in price.

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