Hidden Gems

  • French Riviera

    French Riviera

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  • Bordeaux

    Bordeaux

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Hidden Gems

Golfers visiting France will often be drawn to the star attractions like Mont St-Michel in Normandy or Cannes on the French Riviera, not to mention the numerous must-see places in Paris. But there is much, much more to see in the world's most visited country, with many of the French attractions often hidden away or simply not well known enough to pull in the crowds, but that doesn't mean they're not well worth a visit – quite the contrary. Here is a selection of some of France’s best-kept golfing secrets.  

 

Golf International de Lacanau Ocean, Bordeaux – A friendly venue ideal for golfing groups

Situated in the heart of Bordeaux country and on the doorstep of the great wine district of Medoc, the course winds through both sand dunes and thick pine forest, providing a different challenge on every hole. Reputed for the spectacular condition of its fairways and greens all year round, there are a number of interesting features on the course, including an ancient well in the middle of the 18th fairway.

Where to stay:

The course weaves around the Hotel du Golf de Lacanau.

 

Golf de Limere, Loire – Perfect harmony between a charming destination and a real gem of a golf course

Located near the small town of Ardon, the 18-hole course is set in tranquil surroundings on the edge of the ancient hunting forest of the Sologne. With its mix of water hazards, well protected greens and a number of bunkers, the course will test the full range of your abilities. A real gem.  

Where to stay:

Hotel Domaine des Portes de Sologne is located right next to the course.

 

Grand Saint-Emillon Golf Club, Bordeaux – A five-star golf course framed by vineyards

Ranked as the 7th best course in France by Golf Digest USA, Grand Saint-Emilion Golf Club is situated 10km from the small village of Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in the wine-producing region just outside Bordeaux. The course, designed by American architect Tom Doak, drapes across the gently rolling landscape and offers golfers with panoramic views of the picturesque countryside and nearby vineyards.

Where to stay:

There are a few villas available to rent on the golf course, or nearby Saint Emilion has a number of hotel options including Chateau Camiac.

 

 

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.