Best golf destinations in France
Head abroad to our nearest neighbour!
Head abroad to our nearest neighbour!
Easily accessible via road, rail, sea, and sky, France is the ideal country for a golfing getaway. The short journey time means that you can squeeze in as much golf as you’d like, with a huge variety of courses and experiences across the country. Join us as we check out some of our best golf destinations in France for your next golf holiday.
One of our most popular destinations for travelling golfers, Le Touquet is just an hour’s drive from LeShuttle exit on the French side of the channel. This means that a morning round on your day of arrival is easily feasible – the perfect way to kick off your trip before experiencing this bustling town in the evening.
Despite having just 5,000 permanent residents, Le Touquet welcomes more than 250,000 tourists during the summer, and as a result is packed with fantastic bars and restaurants to cater for its visitors. We believe there are few better places to enjoy a post-round drink than the famed Le Globe Trotter pub in the centre of the town.
In terms of courses, Golf du Touquet boasts two 18-hole layouts – Le Foret and La Mer – which are both superb options for a holiday itinerary. There’s also the 9-hole Le Manoir Course, which is ideal for a quick round, or for less experienced golfers to get to grips with the game.
There’s also excellent options at Belle Dune, Golf de Dunkerque, Golf de Wimereux, and Aa Saint-Omer Golf Club, making it easy to see why many of our golfers return to the region year after year; always wanting to take on a new golf course!
Plus, for those who enjoy the off-the-course activities just as much, the beach at Le Touquet is an excellent place to unwind allowing you to look back towards the UK and imagine your colleagues back at the office!
In terms of golf, many of our customers travelling to the area will be sure to take in at least a round at one of the two Le Golf National layouts – usually, prioritising the famed Albatros Course, host of the 2018 Ryder Cup and the Olympics in 2024. However, don’t overlook the Aigle Course, a great value track which should be on every itinerary in or around Paris.
Over in the northwest of France you’ll find the scenic region of Brittany. And speaking of scenic, one of our most stunning venues can also be found here! Domain de la Bretesche is 14th century castle situated in the heart of the Briere Regional National Park!
This magical location boasts a brilliant spa, as well as an on-site golf course, making it the perfect resort-based break for those that want the ultimate in convenience. If you do want to explore from this base, you’ll find plenty of options for golf at La Bretesche, Savenay, as well as at La Baule – with its two excellent courses.
We’d recommend checking out some of the coastal towns in Brittany, with some fantastic courses in prime locations such as Dinard, Saint-Malo, and Etratat. The region is easily accessible from southern England via ferry, with plenty of options for accommodation if the castle at Domain de la Bretesche doesn’t take your fancy.
The undeniable star of this region from a golfing perspective is Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort. A premium five-star resort, Terre Blanche is without doubt one of the best golf resorts in Europe, set amongst 750 acres of gardens and pine forests.
There are two on-site courses, Le Château has been a frequent host of professional events and presents a stern challenge, whilst Le Riou is generally held back for members and hotel guests – and as such is always in immaculate condition. Both courses were designed by Dave Thomas and are part of the European Tour Properties network, providing them with best-in-class agronomical practices to ensure stunning surfaces throughout the year.
Another excellent choice for a golf resort in the region is the Royal Mougins Golf Resort, which offers superb access to Cannes itself, as well as the on-site Royal Mougins Golf Course – thought of as one of France’s strongest layouts. The hotel is superbly decorated and boasts a great spa for those looking to unwind.
As you may imagine though, here on the French Riviera there are plenty of other ways to unwind too! We’d strongly suggest heading to both Nice and Monaco for a day trip, as well as experiencing the stunning seafront and clear waters in Cannes itself. Wine lovers are also well catered for, with the Whispering Angel vineyard located here – a real jewel in the crown of France’s rosé region!
Coastline on the French Riviera, Nice
Like Cannes, our final French destination is another that offers something for wine lovers! Bordeaux is brimming with vineyards, with more than any group could possibly visit in one trip.
Most of our golfers here stay and play at Golf du Medoc. Like many of the aforementioned resorts, it has two spectacular courses on-site, with both of these featuring in Golf World’s Top 100 list for Continental Europe.
The resort is an ideal base for all groups, with fantastic dining options for those that want to simply relax and enjoy the splendour of the surroundings. However, its proximity to the city of Bordeaux allows visitors to explore the city and take in some of France’s finest restaurants (and wine bars!), all sourced with local products.
The tranquillity of the countryside here is serene, and those with energy left after their time on the course can head out on a glorious hike to really make the most of this beautiful region.
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