With 517 courses covering some of the most breathtaking scenery in Europe, France is an ideal location for a golfing holiday. The courses are spread throughout the country and it is possible, if you time the traffic correctly, to make a day trip of it. Indeed, the 36 hole Hardelot and La Touquet courses are located right near to Calais and the Eurotunnel terminal and have held the hearts of British golfers for many a year. The Norman course Champ de Bataille is recognised as one of the best in Europe and makes a lovely weekend trip.
The number of courses located in and around Paris is completely mind-boggling. If you are looking to spoil yourself or perhaps impress an important business client, the sumptuous chateaux and gourmet restaurants are practically impossible to top. The Dolce Chantilly and Mont Griffon are elegant hotels with their own dedicated courses. Other courses are luxuriously appointed, some with artwork classed as National Treasures displayed in the lobby.
Both the Cely and Paris International courses were designed by none other than Jack Niklaus. If you’re after grandeur that is truly OTT, the Trianon Palace Hotel will be just the ticket.
Compared to the excess of Paris, Champagne and Burgundy have a rather limited offering of courses. This is primarily due to the fact that much of the land is under the vine and therefore not available for golf. This is not necessarily a disadvantage however, as many of the top wine houses take turns supplying top quality bubbly and other liquid refreshments at the 19th hole.
The south-western part of France offers sun, sand and sea along with two of Europe’s fifty best courses. Seignosse is designed by von Hagge and boasts its own hotel above the first tee. Moliets is designed by Trent-Jones and is a strong challenger to Seignosse.
Golfing in the Alps is a truly unique experience. There are courses available smack in the middle of the forest and others that have breathtaking views of the mountains. The best part is that at 3,000 feet, the ball will fly much farther than usual!
Corsica only has one 18-hole golf course but the stunning scenery and untouched villages more than make up for it. The hidden coves, excellent restaurants and sandy beaches ensure that your time off the course is as enjoyable as your time on. There are good ferry connections from both the French mainland and Sardinia.