Coastal Courses

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Coastal Courses fr

From the chalky cliffs of Normandy to the bright and breezy Atlantic beaches of Biarritz and on to the pine-scented sun, sea and sand of the Côte d’Azur, France boasts nearly 3,500km of alluring coastline. The beaches may get busy when the French head out of town for the summer holidays, but there’s good golf all year round on the links and seaside ‘parcours’. Here are 4 coastal courses for you to enjoy.

 

Golf Omaha Beach, Normandy – 36 holes set between land and sea

Much more than just a golf experience, the cliff-top golf at Omaha Beach offers striking views over the D-Day landing beaches and poignant reminders of the Normandy invasion of June 1944. There are two 18-hole courses, La Mer offering the best sea views and Le Manoir, which sweeps inland into the countryside.

Where to stay:

Hotel Mercure Omaha Beach has views of the course; Hotel Ibis Port en Bessin overlooks the port at the foot of the cliffs.

 

Golf de Saint-Cast, Brittany – Links course offering unforgettable views of the Emerald Coast

Golf has been played by the beach at Pen-Guen since 1926, when a group of friends from St Andrews established a links associated with the Le Celtic Hotel. The original course was lost under military defences during the Second World War, but 9 holes were re-established in 1959 and a full 18-hole layout, including nine new holes with panoramic views of the beach and Côte d’Emeraud, opened in 1995.

Where to stay:

There’s a handful of hotels close by in Saint-Cast-le-Guildo, but a short drive along the coast will bring you to the stylish seaside town of Dinard where you’ll find the Le Royal Emeraud.

 

Golf Club Moliets, Les Landes – A first class golf experience set amid pine forest and dunes

On France’s south-west coast, between Biarritz and Bordeaux, you’ll find the coastal pine forests and dunes that characterize the purpose built leisure complex at Moliets. Featuring a world-class 18-hole course(Forêt & Océan) and 9-hole academy course (Airial), both designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr, Moliets is an outstanding all-year round golf destination featuring one of France’s top ten courses.

Where to stay:

La Maison de la Prade, a 1930s summer camp featuring art deco architecture, is close to the golf course.

 

Golf Pléneuf-Val-André, Brittany – Two magnificent courses set between the heathlands and the cliffs in the stunning Brittany region

One of the finest golf courses in France, and one with arguably the most dramatic coastal undulations, Golf de Val-André is a roller coaster golfing experience. From high heathland holes, the course plummets down to the seafront with holes running parallel to the beach. It’s an exhilarating round with beautiful views of Brittany’s sparkling Côte d’Emeraude.

Where to stay:

Hôtel de Diane, at Sables-d’Or-les-Pins, is just 15 minutes’ drive along the coast.

 

SAIL AND PLAY WITH BRITTANY FERRIES

 

The Brittany Ferries Golf Desk staffed by experienced golfers who can provide advice and assistance in putting together your perfect golf break in France. All breaks include return sailings to France with your car meaning you'll be free from the hassles of flying and be able to pack all the gear in the car with no extras to pay.