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FRANCE THE BEST OF GOLF IN A SPECIAL 42-PAGE GUIDE TO THE VERY BEST W IryNaris GOLF IN FRANCE A luxu P worth golf break ! £2,500 CAPITAL GAINS The classic courses…
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FRANCE THE BEST OF GOLF IN A SPECIAL 42-PAGE GUIDE TO THE VERY BEST W IryNaris GOLF IN FRANCE A luxu P worth golf break ! £2,500 CAPITAL GAINS The classic courses you have to play in and around Paris HIDDEN TREASURES Great golf, fine wines, superb value: the allure of Aquitaine CLOSE TO HOME The 50 unmissable golf options in Normandy and Brittany SOUTHERN STYLE The effortless elegance of Nice, Provence and Cote d’Azur PLUS: THE THREE KINGS OF THE OPAL COAST – A TRIO YOU HAVE TO PLAY Cover image: Golf de Wimereux A memorable golf experience in the heart 2019: A crucial year of Normandy On 6 June 2019, the official international ceremony Between Le Touquet et La Baule, only one golf club features two 18 hole celebrating this major courses : Omaha Beach in Normandy. High standard accomodation, anniversary will take place on such as the Mercure Hotel with swimming-pool and spa, as well as a one of the landing beaches and "Pierre et Vacances" vacation residence, is to be found at the very heart will be attended by many Allied of the course by the fairways, only a few hundred yards from the Heads of State. US President beaches and the sea. Just 3 miles from the American Cemetery of Donald Trump, French President Colleville-sur-Mer, from the Pointe du Hoc and Arromanches, Omaha Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Beach is also a historic place which evokes respect and emotion. Two Minister Theresa May and many exceptional courses which can't be missed : one which runs down to other world leaders and the sea offering breathtaking views of the Channel before moving dignitaries will all be in through the countryside, the other which looks down on the Manoir du Normandy to mark the 75th Baron Gerard before challenging you with a series of lakes. This golf anniversary. course is amazing, the sensations it provides are unique. In fact, with its historic setting, challenging courses and winds blowing from the sea, Omaha Beach is truly an invitation to golfers to share an unforgettable experience. Changes and novelties At the beggining of this year, the golf courses have been modified to the dilight of the players : the The golf propose for this year route of the course the manor has specials offers to invite players been totally changed, allowing it to to discover the DDay beaches be played in 9 holes. by the various golf courses of A new translucent driving range Normandy: Omaha Beach, opened in March, offering an Deauville BarriËre , Etretat, unparalleled view of the port of Granville, AmirautÈ... The Pass Port en Bessin, come and work "Prestige Golf In Normandy". your swing under the Norman sun. OMAHA BEACH GOLF CLUB GUIDE TO FRANCE WELCOME TO FRANCE Often in life, it’s easy to overlook fewer than 16 courses fill the exalted resort-style experience, but the what we have right on our doorstep. spaces on our list. quality more than compensates. That is usually the case with France All too often, that quality is not To illustrate your options, the and golf. For reasons that remain a reflected in British golfers taking next 40 pages highlights France’s five mystery, France’s courses are not advantage of the quality so close to key golf regions and some of the best celebrated in the same way those in home. But France’s lack of golf to be found in each area – from Spain, the Algarve and even Belek so recognition as a golfing superpower links to woodland, heathland, often are. Yet France has pretty is their loss and your gain. parkland and resorts. We also much everything you could wish for For the most part, you can play a introduce you to tour operators and of a world-class golf break. fantastic variety of courses at a networks, and reveal some of the For starters, it boasts a golfing fraction of the price you would more interesting off-course cultural, pedigree that few countries in expect to pay at some of the more historical and gastronomical Continental Europe can come close established destinations on the Costa delights. In short, everything you to matching. Glance down the latest del Sol, the Algarve or Belek – need to book a great golf break in Golf World Top 100 Courses Continental without any sacrifice in quality. this beautiful country is at your Europe ranking for evidence of that – Granted, you may not always have fingertips. from Morfontaine and Les Bordes at the sun on your back or the the very top to Moliets at 87, no superfluous frills provided by a more Bon voyage! CONTINENTAL EUROPE TOP 100 QUALITY France has 16 courses in our Top 100 Courses Continental Europe list. 1. Morfontaine, Paris 3. Les Bordes, Orleans 6. Fontainebleau, Paris 11. Chantilly, Paris  14. Golf du Medoc (Châteaux), Bordeaux 15. Terre Blanche (Chateau), Fayence  19. Saint Germain, Paris 24. Hardelot (Les Pins) 32. Golf National, Paris 57. Sperone, Corsica 51. Seignosse, Landes 52. Golf du Medoc (Vignes), Bordeaux 31. Le Touquet (La Mer), Pas de Calais 73. Chiberta, Landes 77. Saint Emillionais 87. Moliets, Landes Les Bordes WEB: www.privategolfkey.com   EMAIL: contact@privategolfkey.com   TEL: +33 (0) 1 4122 9611 golfworldtop100.com | The Open Issue 2019 Golf World 109 TOUR OPERATORS AND NETWORKS EXPERT ASSISTANCE YOUR PASSPORT TO FRANCE’S CLASSIC COURSES W henever you venture deliver innovation, great service and Continent, OGC destinations offer a overseas to new top-class golf. The BG stable includes warm welcome to every level of golfer countries, regions and courses in Alsace, Aquitaine, Brittany, and are defined by world-class courses, golf courses, how handy Burgundy, the Centre, Franche-Comté, wide-ranging facilities and charming would it be to have a local guide on Îll de France, Languedoc-Roussillon, hotels set in stunning natural environments. speed dial? Someone who knows Midi Pyrénées, Pas de Calais, Provence- Among OGC’s French clubs are some everything about everything you will Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Pays de la Loire, of Continental Europe’s Top 100 golf need when you land on the other side of Poitou-Charentes and Rhône Alpes. courses, including Le Touquet Golf Resort, the Channel – from where to go and Big-name venues include Seignosse, Golf d’Hardelot and Golf de Seignosse. what to experience to the crucial Pléneuf-val-André, Le Golf National, Open Golf Club venues are synonymous information on how to get on to the Hardelot, Pont Royal, Le Touquet and with quality and attention to detail, which courses you choose. Luckily, a number Omaha Beach – but there are a wealth combine with flavourful gastronomy, of golf management companies and of courses of all budgets and types to exciting local culture and a traditional tour operators now offer their expertise choose from. French Art de Vivre, to create to assist you in discovering the best One great benefit for Blue Green card unforgettable golf experiences. experiences within France. With their holders is that you’ll save 25 percent on Details www.opengolfclub.com help, you can organise the perfect trip, full-price green fees and reduced fees for and secure the best deals and access. bookings on bookandgolf.com. It’s valid PRIVATE GOLF KEY Here are four of the very best networks. for a year and includes complimentary Established in 1992 to green fees on the date of issue. spread the gospel of the U GOLF Details www.bluegreen.com game in France, Private Golf Founded in 2007 to Key has helped build the nation’s make golf accessible OPEN GOLF CLUB reputation as one of the key destinations to the greatest number of people, U As the only golf in world golf. But more than that, PGK Golf brings the experience of golf to management company has sought to celebrate the French Art France and beyond. Its Le ClubGolf supporting the French de Vivre, celebrated the world over. network gives access to more than 350 Golf Federation, host of the 2018 Ryder Private Golf Key gives you member-level courses worldwide. Offered through Cup, Open Golf Club boasts a collection access to all the most prestigious golf three brands, from Garden’Golf and of more than 50 world renowned golf clubs in Europe including private Daily’Golf, to the more upmarket courses and resorts across Europe. country-clubs. Experience off-the- Exclusiv’Golf, on courses that have Spanning 17 regions across the beaten-track travel with your friends Châteaux attached, with emphasis on and discover the rich European heritage excellent public courses around Paris. playing historic golf courses where One key benefit comes with U Golf’s YOUR NEXT GREAT legends have played. GOLF RENDEZVOUS BINGOlf Pass, which offers various From start to fin, Private Golf Key tiers of membership with unlimited and takes care of every step of the exceptional golf for a one-off fee. In the aftermath of last experience, be it an eight-day Paris Top Details www.jouer.golf September’s Ryder Cup Golf Courses package, Bordeaux Wine victory at Le Golf & Golf or a place in the Paris Lexus BLUE GREEN National, Atout France Pro-Am. One of the biggest golf Golf Cluster was created to showcase As the name suggests, Private Golf France’s golfing pedigree and promote the course management Key can open doors you wouldn’t country as a golfing destination. To find companies in Europe with out more about the country’s golfing otherwise be able to access, for once in a 49 clubs across France, many of them experiences, visit www.france.Fr lifetime golf (and beyond) experiences. down the west coast, Blue Green aim to Details www.privategolfkey.com n WEB: www.privategolfkey.com   EMAIL: contact@privategolfkey.com   TEL: +33 (0) 1 4122 9611 110 Golf World The Open Issue 2019 | golfworldtop100.com Welcome to the world of OPEN GOLF CLUB Take advantage of our exceptional Spring / Summer offers at our Resorts across France Destination C‘TE DíOPALE (Nothern France) 2 nights B&B at Le Manoir HÙtel *** (Double occupancy) 1 welcome dinner (excluding drinks) 3 green fees (choice of courses at Le Touquet Golf Resort Le Touquet Golf Resort & Golf díHardelot) From €337 per person Valid from April 12 to October 12, 2019 Golf díHardelot Le Manoir HÙtel Destination C‘TE DíAZUR (Southeastern France) 2 nights B&B at Le Ch‚teau de la BÈgude **** (Double occupancy) 1 welcome dinner (excluding drinks) 3 green fees (choice of courses at Opio Golf de la Grande Bastide Valbonne & La Grande Bastide) From €337 per person Valid from March 1 to October 31, 2019 Golf díOpio Valbonne Le Ch‚teau de la BÈgude Destination BASQUE COUNTRY (Southwestern France) 2 nights B&B at Baya Hotel & Spa *** (Double occupancy) 1 welcome dinner (excluding drinks) 2 green fees (1x Golf de Seignosse & 1x Golf de Golf de Moliets Moliets) From €276 per person Valid from March 1 to October 31, 2019 Golf de Seignosse Le Baya Hotel & Spa Book using code GOLD for a VIP welcome OUTSTANDING GOLF CLUBS TÈl. : +33 (0)1 45 63 37 18 WhatsApp : +34 636 646 027 HOTELS YOU’LL LOVE Mail : information@opengolfclub.com www.opengolfclub.com Discover stunning golf courses in Northern France www.agencebirdie.com - Photo © Golf en CÙte díOpale Dunkerque, Wimereux, Hardelot, Le Touquet, Saint-Omer, Nampont-St-Martin, Arras, Belle-Dune Tee Off Now! 1 2 The Opal Coast has some of France’s most 5 internationally renowned eleven18 holes golf courses. 3 Set within an exceptional environment, this golfer’s 4 paradise offers a diversity of golf courses from natural 6 7 links to pine forests, each accessible to all levels of players. 8 Its ideal geographical situation, at the crossroads of Europe, makes this region the perfect destination for golfers and non golfers alike. www.golfnorthernfrance.com H E R E tonosirtaY W Hôtel Le Ma y home famil former e of his han dsome m the 1st te e T s fro st y ard yo hav u stands ju s clubhouse, so , qu e t’ r d oorstep Le Tou ra lly on you o n ed s lite me n ti 45 hole courses e other ur’s driv e. Le while th a n ho ith in h a lf h ote l, with are w h a ra cterful is a c nd Manoir s food a fabulou in e. erb w sup Frank Pont and Patrice Boissonnas’ exquisite renovation at Hardelot saw it rocket back up our Top 100 ranking. regional guide opal coast The closest of France’s regions to British golfers also happens to be one of its finest. L ike most of the many coastline stretching 26 miles only 11 18-hole courses, and British travellers arriving between Calais and Boulogne, just three nine-holers, but it boasts in Calais each year, it’s 35 minutes on the Eurotunnel the heavyweights of Hardelot, Le easy to keep your hands from Folkestone, this stretch has Touquet and Wimereux among on the wheel and your eyes open long been loved by the French, them. Clearly what it lacks in for the autoroute as you head who flock to its beaches, coves quantity, it more than makes up quickly on your way, bound for and fishing villages. It bears more for in star quality. more exotic locations further than a passing resemblance to Le Touquet and Hardelot have south. To do so, however, is to Cornwall, which is reason enough grabbed most of the headlines for ignore one of France’s true hidden to pay it a visit, before you even this region during the past several gems: the Cote d’Opal. factor in the golf. decades, but your journey down A craggy, dramatic, undulating Cote d’Opal may be home to the coast would bring you first to OPAL COAST ESSENTIALS How to get there While it’s possible to fly into Le Touquet– Wimereux. The first golf course Côte d’Opale Airport, the easiest you encounter after leaving Calais, ‘THE OPAL COAST BOASTS THE option is to drive. Arrive in Calais it’s no exaggeration to state that HEAVYWEIGHTS OF HARDELOT, after the 30-minute journey on Le Shuttle and you can be on, within 30 minutes of driving out of the port you can be teeing LE TOUQUET AND WIMEREUX. WHAT IT into and exploring the Opal it up or sipping coffee in its very LACKS IN QUANTITY, IT MORE THAN Coast in less than 30 minutes. welcoming clubhouse. MAKES UP FOR IN STAR QUALITY.’ When to go A grand seaside course tucked Not entirely dissimilar to the away among the 80-mile stretch temperatures enjoyed in the of sand dunes that link At almost 6,800 yards off the tips south of England, the Opal Coast Dunkerque and Baie de Somme, and featuring a selection of tough lacks the searing heat of the South but stays warm enough to Wimereux is the perfect par 3s and stiff rough, the course visit from March until October. introduction to golf in the region. can comfortably hold its own Tourism (and prices) spikes in But to describe it solely as a against any level of golfer, July, but you’ll still be able to warm-up act to the more especially if the prevailing winds find your space, particularly celebrated Le Touquet and get a little lively. Fun, friendly, along 120km of sandy beaches. Hardelot would be wholly unfair. down-to-earth and ever WEB: www.privategolfkey.com   EMAIL: contact@privategolfkey.com   TEL: +33 (0) 1 4122 9611 SIX STARS OF COTE D’OPALE The Côte d’Opale Golf Pass is superb value. Play six 18-hole rounds from nine selected golf courses for just €250! Given the pedigree of courses, which includes Hardelot and Le Touquet and the others below, this just might be the best value-to-quality green fee pass on the Continent. www.golfnorthernfrance.com Golf de Wimereux A fun seaside course that plays like a true links. www.golf-wimereux.com Golf D’Arras A tough, demanding and strategic test of golf in the beautiful Scarpe Valley. www.arras-golf-resort.com Golf de Dunkerque Grand Littoral A characterful course played through bastions and Le Touquet’s artillery towers. interesting, Wimereux walks the 2nd, which plays some 200 yards La Mer rose 35 www.dunkerque.bluegreen.com places to 31st in our fine line of being both playable downhill from an elevated tee, most recent Top and challenging. the par-4 11th, with its glorious 100 thanks to a Golf d’Hardelot multi-year Wimereux has appeared in vistas, and the risk-or-reward short The recently revamped Les Pins is renovation. many guises over the years. It was par-4 16th. one of Europe’s best. Les Dunes is originally designed in 1901, but Forty-five minutes south, the also a must-play. www.hardelotgolfclub.com was given a complete makeover seaside towns of Le Touquet and after the Second World War by Hardelot are almost always Golf du Touquet Guy Campbell and Cecil mentioned together and have The new La Mer course returns to Hutchinson. During the past attracted visitors to the Opal its former fast-running, sandy seven decades or so, it has received Coast for more than a century. links-style glory. numerous nips and tucks but it The precise point in time golf www.letouquetgolfresort.com has matured gracefully and, replaced the casinos and the Golf de Nampont despite modern equipment and shopping as the main draw to the Saint-Martin technology, still expects visiting area is unclear, but it’s fair to say A 36-hole complex that delivers golfers to arrive with a solid the stick and ball game has put a grand parkland and ground game – ready, willing and these two towns on the map. woodland experience. able to use the contours of the Harry Colt designed the original www.nampontgolfclub.com land to work the ball close into 18-hole La Mer (the seas) course Golf de Belle Dune the flags on its tiny greens. at Le Touquet, while Tom An engaging blend of pines and Wimereux may not be a links Simpson, a British architect with dunes. www.baiedesomme.fr course in the truest definition of an extensive French portfolio, the word, but with fast-running crafted Hardelot. Aa Saint Omer Golf Club fairways cutting through imposing Le Touquet has recently A European Tour host course that bluffs and dunes, and the salty sea undergone a multi-year renovation plays through pretty woodland terrain. www.golfsaintomer.fr air wafting in on the wind, the of its La Mer course that has seen difference is purely semantics. it painstakingly restored by Dutch The standout holes are the par-3 architect and Colt enthusiast 116 Golf World The Open Issue 2019 | golfworldtop100.com OPAL COAST THE MUST SEE Head to Bolougne. Not necessarily for the many shops, markets, restaurants or charming and historic town centre, but for the Nausicaá. A close encounter with the sea is how they’ve branded Europe’s biggest and arguably finest aquariums, accurately as it turns out. Home to 58,000 animals, including several vast sharks. The jewel in Côte d’Opale’s crown. to test the quality of your ball- striking, head straight to Golf d’Arras, located at the heart of the Scarpe Valley. The strategic La Vallée course played hosted the Ladies French Open for a decade. Similarly demanding, AA St-Omer is also a European Frank Pont, and his design overhaul by the same Pont and Belle Dune top: It Tour venue. As testing as combines pines associate, Patrice Boissonnas. Boissonnas partnership, it shot and dunes to that suggests, it plays long The original 1931 layout was back into the 20s. create a fun and through some 6,800 yards, known for its open vistas of the engaging test. The encroachment of the combining undulating and pretty rolling sandy links terrain, but forest and unchecked tree growth Dunkirk’s 27 holes woodland terrain. over time the original character of over several decades had turned are generous, but At the other end of the scale, plenty of water the course had been lost as what was a hard, fast-running ensures they’re far the 27-hole complex at vegetation was allowed to grow links into a lush, soft, layout from easy. Dunkerque Grand Littoral unchecked. Fewer trees, wider hemmed in by unchecked tree delivers generous tees and fairways, reshaped greens, restored growth. Following an extensive fairways, but plenty of ditches and bunkers and the addition of a tree management programme, water to keep you honest. It’s a spectacular new par 3 helped the course has shed its course full of character, playing La Mer rise an incredible 35 claustrophobic feel and the soil through bastions, curtains and places in our 2017/18 Golf World has improved i
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