Clone de Golf & TGV

  • Avignon train station

    Avignon train station

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Clone de Golf & TGV

 

Travelling by train in France couldn’t be easier thanks to the country’s high-speed TGV links. Whisking you from Paris to Tarbes, Strasbourg or Biarritz, the trains in France offer a fast, convenient and inexpensive way to get from one place to another. Travelling at speeds nearing 200mph, the TGV offers a smooth, quiet ride from city centre to city centre, enabling you to discover France’s numerous golf courses. Here are just 10 located a stone’s throw from some of the main TGV stations that you can enjoy.

 

Grand Avignon Golf Club, Avignon – Perfect opportunity to enjoy the charms of Provence

This 18-hole golf course is just 10 minutes from the historical centre of Avignon and 20 minutes from its TGV station. Located within 60 hectares of sprawling parkland with five lakes and typical Provencal flora (lavender, cypress and olive trees), Golf Grand Avignon shares many similarities with courses in Florida, namely its relatively flat layout, interspersed with numerous water hazards and out-of-bounds zones.

(www.golfgrandavignon.com)

Where to stay:

Hôtel de L’Horloge is ideally located in the centre of Avignon while Residhotel Grand Avignon offers and onsite alternative.

 

Golf de Dunkerque Grand Littoral, Dunkerque – Two exceptional courses in an architecturally unrivalled environment

The 27-hole layout, part of the Blue Green group, is situated on the outskirts of the historical city, in the Nord Pas de Calais region. Opened in 1999, the 9-hole Fort Vallières course was named after the fort in the neighbouring village of Coudekerque, originally erected by the Spanish in 1646 and fortified 30 years later by one of the greatest military engineers of all time, the Marquis de Vauban, while the 18-hole track – Vauban – pays homage to the man himself.

(www.dunkerque.bluegreen.com)

Where to stay:

Hotel Borel overlooks the Port de Dunkerque; the recently renovated Hôtel Welcome is a quaint alternative in the centre of town.

 

Golf du Château d’Avoise, Montchanin (near Gare du Creusot TGV station) – A characterful course in the heart of Burgundy

A mere three-minute drive from the TGV station that links it to Paris (90 minutes) to the north and Lyon (40 minutes) to the south, this pleasant 18-hole course benefits from an exceptional location in the heart of Fance’s Burgundy region. Opened in 1992, this woodland course winds its way through birch trees, majestic beech trees and venerable oak trees, with a natural lake that comes into play on five holes, adding to the technical and strategic challenge every golfer faces at Golf du Château d’Avoise.

(www.golf-avoise.com)

Where to stay:

Hostellerie Le Cèdre is a 5* hotel ideally located in the exceptional wine making town of Beaune, on the Road of the Grands Crus, as is Hotel Le Cep.

 

Golf International de Grenoble, Grenoble – A great test of golf in a stunning setting

To the southeast of the Dauphiné capital at the foothills of the Alps, is the 18-hole Bresson course at Golf International de Grenoble. The par-73 layout is one of just a handful of Robert Trent Jones Jnr. designs to be found in France, where fairways flit from alpine meadows with sparkling lakes to hills cloaked in a variety of different tree species. Players shouldn’t however expect a casual game as a check on the slope index shows this is one of the toughest courses in the country from the back tees.

(www.golfbresson.com)

Where to stay:

Recently renovated, Grand Hôtel Grenoble Centre is ideally located in the centre of town; Château de La Commanderie is a spa resort a stone’s throw from the golf course.

 

Exclusiv’Golf de Metz Chérisey, Chérisey (near Lorraine TGV station) – The perfect place to fine-tune your game

Under 15 minutes from Lorraine TGV station and airport, is this fine Donald Herradine creation. First opened in 1963 as a 9-hole course that lies within the former grounds of the Château de Chérisey, the renowned British architect extended the layout to a full 18-hole track in 1987.

(www.exclusivgolf-cherisey.fr)

Where to stay:

For something different, L’Abbeye des Premontres is an exquisite XVIII century building in Pont à Mousson, 20km away.

 

Golf de la Prée la Rochelle, Marsilly (near La Rochelle TGV station) – A warm welcome awaits at this picturesque course

Just 10 kilometres from La Rochelle TGV station, overlooking the Ile-de-Ré, this 18-hole course combines the aesthetics of a true links with the characteristics of a coastal course. Players will experience two distinct layouts with the front nine holes offering wide fairways with well-guarded greens and an abundance of bunkers, while the back nine is made up of narrow fairways and many water hazards.

(www.golflarochelle.fr)

Where to stay:

Hôtel La Monnaie Art & Spa in La Rochelle is a treat for the senses and only 20 minutes from the course; Hôtel Atalante Relais Thalasso Ile de Ré & Spa situated on the Ile-de-Ré enjoys breathtaking views of The Atlantic Ocean.

 

Golf Club de Strasbourg, Illkirch-Graffenstaden (near Gare de Strasbourg-Ville) – Close to the official seat of the European Parliament

Golf de Strasbourg is the oldest golf club in the Alsace region of France. Opened in 1934, it now has three 9-hole courses in play – Jaune, Rouge and Blanc – designed by the British architect Donald Harradine. Playing over open parkland, the par-72 course runs over a relatively flat terrain dotted with a few water hazards. Players shouldn’t be caught out by the large, fast greens that can have a detrimental impact to the scorecard!

(www.golf-strasbourg.com)

Where to stay:

Hôtel du Dragon in the city centre offers a 30% reduction in green fee bookings for its guests.

 

Golf du Tumulus, Tarbes – Golf in the shadow of a 12th century chapel

Enjoying a privileged geographical location, less than an hour from the Pyreneés, two hours from The Atlantic Ocean and three hours from the Mediterranean via the La Pyrénéenne autoroute, the university city of Tarbes is home to Golf du Tumulus, a pleasant par-70, woodland course. The first and 18th play close to the 15th century chateau, Forteresse de Castelnau, which overlooks the course and is adjacent to the clubhouse and the 12th century chapel.

(www.golf-tarbes.fr)

Where to stay:

Le Rexhotel is a modern hotel in Tarbes city centre, a 13-minute stroll from Tarbes train and TGV station.

 

Golf Club Valence Saint-Didier, Charpey (near Gare de Valence TGV) – A must for golf and nature lovers

Opened in 1984, Golf Club Valence’s 18-hole course is the oldest in the Drôme region, which is often described as ‘what Provence used to be like before tourism took hold’, retaining the charm and peacefulness of rural Provence. Situated between Valence and Romans, at the foot of the Vercors Mountains, the par-71 course stretches over 124 acres of tree-lined peace and quiet, its layout alternating between open fairways, soft hills and between wooded areas.

(www.golfclubvalence.com)

Where to stay:

Away from the hustle of Valence is the Hotel-Restaurant Michel Charban, a family-run establishment with a Michelin-starred restaurant.

 

Golf d’Arcangues, (near Biarritz TGV station) – A golf course full of character in the heart of the Basque Country

Biarritz, on France’s southwestern coast, has been a popular resort since European royalty began visiting in the 1800s. Away from the busy nightlife, synonymous with this seaside town, is Golf d’Arcangues, which was created in the 1990s by the d’Arcangues brothers on the family estate that surrounds the Chateau and the village of Arcangues. Just 10 minutes from Biarritz TGV station, the Golf d’Arcangues offers a mix of tree-lined fairways and holes through open Basque countryside, with beautiful views of The Pyrenées.

(www.golfdarcangues.com)

Where to stay:

Résidence Les Terraces d’Arcangues is the Pierre et Vacances resort adjacent to the golf course.