Where to find 32 of France's best golf courses and how to play them
Whenever you venture overseas to new countries, regions and golf courses, how handy would it be to have a local guide on speed dial? Someone who knows everything about everything you will need when you land on the other side of the Channel – from where to go and what to experience to the crucial information on how to get on to the courses you choose.
Luckily, a number of golf management companies and tour operators now offer their expertise to assist you in discovering the best experiences within France. With their help, you can organise the perfect trip, and secure the best deals and access.
Here are the 32 best golf courses in France, and the networks that can help you access them. Some of them rank in the Golf World Top 100 Courses Europe.
2. Les Bordes
5. Golf du Medoc (Châteaux)
6. Terre Blanche (Chateau)
7. Saint Germain
8. Hardelot (Les Pins)
9. Le Touquet (La Mer)
10. Le Golf National
12. Golf du Medoc (Vignes)
18. Belle Dune
19. Cannes Mougins
21. Chantilly (Longeres)
25. Joyenval (Marly)
27. Les Aisses
29. Saint Endreol
30. St Nom La Breteche (Red)
31. Terre Blanche (Le Riou)
32. Chateau de Taulane
Founded in 2007 to make golf accessible to the greatest number of people, U Golf brings the experience of golf to France and beyond. Its Le ClubGolf network gives access to more than 350 courses worldwide. Offered through three brands, from Garden’Golf and Daily’Golf, to the more upmarket Exclusiv’Golf, on courses that have Châteaux attached, with emphasis on excellent public courses around Paris. One key benefit comes with U Golf’s BINGOlf Pass, which offers various tiers of membership with unlimited and exceptional golf for a one-off fee.
One of the biggest golf course management companies in Europe with 49 clubs across France, many of them down the west coast, Blue Green aim to deliver innovation, great service and top-class golf.
The BG stable includes courses in Alsace, Aquitaine, Brittany, Burgundy, the Centre, Franche-Comté, Îll de France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi Pyrénées, Pas de Calais, ProvenceAlpes-Côte d’Azur, Pays de la Loire, Poitou-Charentes and Rhône Alpes. Big-name venues include Seignosse, Pléneuf-val-André, Le Golf National, Hardelot, Pont Royal, Le Touquet and Omaha Beach – but there are a wealth of courses of all budgets and types to choose from.
One great benefit for Blue Green card holders is that you’ll save 25 percent on full-price green fees and reduced fees for bookings on bookandgolf.com.
OPEN GOLF CLUB
As the only golf management company supporting the French Golf Federation, host of the 2018 Ryder Cup, Open Golf Club boasts a collection of more than 50 world renowned golf courses and resorts across Europe.
Spanning 17 regions across the Continent, OGC destinations offer a warm welcome to every level of golfer and are defined by world-class courses, wide-ranging facilities and charming hotels set in stunning natural environments.
Among OGC’s French clubs are some of Continental Europe’s Top 100 golf courses, including Le Touquet Golf Resort, Golf d’Hardelot and Golf de Seignosse. Open Golf Club venues are synonymous with quality and attention to detail, which combine with flavourful gastronomy, exciting local culture and a traditional French Art de Vivre, to create unforgettable golf experience.
PRIVATE GOLF KEY
Established in 1992 to spread the gospel of the game in France, Private Golf Key has helped build the nation’s reputation as one of the key destinations in world golf. But more than that, PGK has sought to celebrate the French Art de Vivre, celebrated the world over.
Private Golf Key gives you member-level access to all the most prestigious golf clubs in Europe including private country-clubs. Experience off-thebeaten-track travel with your friends and discover the rich European heritage playing historic golf courses where legends have played.
From start to fin, Private Golf Key takes care of every step of the experience, be it an eight-day Paris Top Golf Courses package, Bordeaux Wine & Golf or a place in the Paris Lexus Pro-Am. As the name suggests, Private Golf Key can open doors you wouldn’t otherwise be able to access, for once in a lifetime golf (and beyond) experiences.