Tour de France Golf

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With its roots dating back to 1903, the Tour de France has established itself as one of the greatest sporting challenges and is an annual event that has been taken to the hearts of people around the world.  In 2016, the Tour will be made up of 21 stages, covering 3,519 kilometres, once again shining a spotlight on the towns, countryside and, since 1910, the mountains throughout France. Golfers now have the opportunity to recreate this epic journey and create their very own tour de France.  

 

Golf Club de Granville, Normandy – A true links course true to the origins of the game

On the bay of the "Mont Saint-Michel", Golf Club de Granville can date its roots back to 1912, when a number of holes were first laid out among the Bréville dunes on France’s Atlantic coast to form, what remains, one of France’s leading links layouts. This classic seaside links course, designed by Harry Colt, is playable all year round. 

Where to stay:

The Hotel Mercure le Grand Large**** is located on a cliff top just along the coast in Granville.

Golf Avrille, Loire – An ideal course for nature lovers, blending ancient trees and water features

Located in the ancient forest estate of Chateau de la Perrière close to the town of Angers, the final destination of stage three of the Tour, Golf Avrille is a treat for nature lovers, with as many as 75 different types of maple tree lining the fairways. The undulating course features long, dogleg par 5s and shorter par 4s guarded by water in front of the green, providing a test for golfers of all abilities.  

Where to stay: 

 Nearby Angers offers a variety of hotel options, including Hotel de France Angers and Mercure Angers Lac de Maine Hotel****

 

Golf de la Porcelaine, near Limoges, Limousin – An enchanting course suitable for all golfers

Just 5 km from Limoges, on the edge of the Vienne valley, the rolling fairways of the 18-hole course provide a dramatic viewpoint across the picturesque Limousin countryside. Featuring tree-lined fairways and a number of water hazards and bunkers, the course will provide a test for the low handicap golfer, while the layout is forgiving enough to ensure high handicappers will enjoy their round as well.  

Where to stay:

 Limoges has a number of hotel options, including the Chateau Chabrouille, which is ideally located in the heart of the Limousin countryside.

 

Golf de Montauban L’Estang, Midi-Pyrénées – A stunning course set in an ancient forest

Only five minutes from the centre of Montauban sits Golf de Montauban L’Estang, a predominantly flat course, but with a number of elevated greens, providing an opportunity to see the riders as they finish stage six of the Tour.  Water plays a key role in the course design, as your opening tee shot is across a brook called Grand Mortarieu, which borders the southern part of the course.

Where to stay:

 Only five minutes from the golf course is Hotel**** Abbaye des Capucins, a converted abbey from the 17th century, or the Ibis Montauban Hotel*** in the centre of Montauban.

 

Golf de Mazamet, Midi-Pyrénées – One of the finest courses in the Midi-Pyrénées

Set against the backdrop of the Black Mountains the wooded course intertwines with two rivers, the Thoré and Issalès and is one of the most attractive courses in the Midi-Pyrénées. Playable all-year-round, the course is suitable for golfers of all levels, while the friendly atmosphere of the clubhouse overlooking the 18th green provides a welcoming end to your round.   

Where to stay:

The Demeure de Flore is set within a restored 19th century mansion and is only a 20-minute drive from the golf course.   

 

Golf Club de Nimes Campagne, Languedoc-Roussillon – A Presidential experience awaits in the venue’s very own ‘White House’

Near the old Roman town of Nîmes in the south of France, this parkland course is routed through the heavily wooded grounds of a palatial chateau, built in 1897. The gently rolling fairways have been walked by some of the game’s great champions over the years, including Severiano Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer, who holds the course record, with a 7-under-par 65.

Where to stay:

 The Hotel Campanile Nimes Sud is close to the course, or
the Jardins Secrets in the centre of Nimes offers a more opulent stay.

 

Golf Club Aix les Bains, Rhône-Alpes – Relax on and off the course in France’s first spa town

Close to Aix-les-Bains, a thermal spa town on the edge of Lake Bourget, Golf Club Aix les Bains is 240 metres above sea level in the heart of the Rhône-Alpes region. Not long by modern standards, the narrow fairways feature a number of natural obstacles that reward
precision rather than power, while the receptive greens ensure the course is suitable for golfers of all ages and abilities.

Where to stay:

 The Hôtel Campanile Aix les Bains borders the golf course and
offers simple, modern rooms.

 

Golf de Giez, Rhône-Alpes – Enjoy panoramic views of one of the Tour’s mountain stages

A short drive from the town of Albertville, the start point of the 19th stage of the Tour, is the 18-hole Par 72 Belvédère course at Golf de Giez, which provides golfers with magnificent views of Mont Blanc and the nearby Lake Annecy. There is also a 9-hole beginners course and a practice area including putting green, training bunkers and approach area.

Where to stay:

 There are a number of hotels within easy reach of the golf course including Hotel du Parc***, and Résidence Le Birdie***

 

Golf de Chamonix, French Alps – A rare pearl nestled in the Alps

Nestling between the Mont Blanc range and the Aiguilles Rouges on the valley floor you could be forgiven for thinking that Chamonix golf course would be on steep slopes, but that is not the case. In this magnificent setting, American architect Robert Trent Jones Sr
has created a technical and subtle course, with water hazards and numerous bunkers that is a pleasure to look at and a pleasure to play.

Where to stay:

 The Best Western Plus Excelsior Chamonix is the closest hotel to the golf course, while the 5-star Hotel Mont Blanc provides a more luxurious stay.

 

Golf de Chantilly, Picardy – A stunning course only a short drive from Paris

Providing the start point for the final stage of the Tour, Chantilly, 30 miles north of Paris is surrounded by forest and this woodland provides the setting for one of Europe’s leading courses. Requiring length off the tee as well as accuracy, to avoid not only the forest but the penal bunkers, the course is definitely not for the faint hearted.   

Where to stay:

 With over 200 rooms, the Dolce Chantilly Hotel**** overlooks the golf course.