Golf & Mountains

Golf lovers are forever searching for the ultimate golf course and for an unforgettable round with the majestic snow-capped Alps or the impressive rocky Pyrenées as a backdrop, France’s golf courses don’t disappoint. Here are 10 mountain courses for you to enjoy, some of which you can play, all-year-round.

Golf du Lac de Tignes, the French Alps – A unique mountainside golfing experience

Situated at 2,100 metres above sea level, Tignes (External link) ’ 18-hole layout is the highest golf course in Europe, offering exceptional views of the Grande Motte glacier and the surrounding Alps. With 5km of fairway running along the mountainside and numerous obstacles and water hazards, the par-68 course is a challenging layout that is suitable for all players. A simplified, short course and mini golf installation – both open during the summer months – complement the 4,760m course.

Where to stay:

Les Campanules (External link) ideally located at 1.8km from Golf du Lac de Tignes; The Taos Hotel (External link) the latest 4*, New Mexico-inspired addition situated in the centre of Tignes le Lac.

Golf Country Club de Bigorre, Toulouse-Pyrennees – Sharpen your swing in a grand setting

The 5,993m, par 72 course at Golf Country Club de Bigorre (External link) is a 30 minutes’ drive from Lourdes/Tarbes airport, just 16km away. The naturally undulated course faces the Pic du Midi de Bigorre in the Pyrenees and offers spectacular panoramic views. Although a technically challenging layout, it provides a good test for all level of golfer.

Where to stay:

Les Résidences du Golf (External link) provide on-site rental options for visitors; La Résidence Le Beau Site (External link) is a 4* hotel in Capvern-les-Bains, 18km from the golf course.

Golfclub International Soufflenheim Baden-Baden, Alsace – Follow in the footsteps of a Masters champion

This 33-hole facility at Soufflenheim (External link) is the work of golf course architect and German Tour player, Bernhard Langer, who created three courses – a 6-hole short course, an attractive 9-hole course and a championship-standard 18-hole layout – within the 140-hectare site in the Upper Rhine region, 25 minutes from Strasbourg. The main course is a demanding track with numerous strategically placed bunkers and water hazards that come into play on no fewer than 14 holes.

Where to stay:

The Champ’Alsace Aérodrome (External link) hotel is conveniently close to Golfclub International Soufflenheim Baden-Baden.

Golf de Saint-Claude, the French Alps – A friendly course cutting through a stunning location

Located within the High-Jura natural regional park, the golf course of Saint-Claude (External link) blends effortlessly into its undulating surroundings. Comprising 15 holes (you can play additional holes to make up a full 18-hole round), the course is set on a hillside and takes no prisoners in terms of wayward shots therefore it is advisable to take plenty of balls. Well-equipped practice and leisure facilities complement the 4,860m layout which is just 23.5km from Geneva International Airport and approximately 80km from Chambery Airport.

Where to stay:

The area provides a wide range of accommodation options, including the stylish, Relais du Silence hotel La Mainaz (External link) .

Golf de Méribel, the French Alps – Enjoy some of the most stunning views France has to offer

Open from early June until October, this woodland course is extrememly hilly, with the front nine holes skirting the Blanchot ski pistes at 1,850m above sea level. As well as providing stunning views, the altitude gives golfers a major advantage: the ball carries further than at sea level. Opened originally as a 9-hole layout in 1966, Golf de Méribel (External link) was later extended to a full 18, with a major course redesign in 2004-2005, which made the original nine holes more challenging and added more bunkers and water hazards to the back nine, and lengthened the course to 5,538m.

Where to stay:

Altiport hotel is adjacent to the golf course, while Hôtel Allodis (External link) is a luxury alpine lodge, 3km away.

Golf d’Albi Lasbordes, Toulouse-Pyrénées – A real gem, within a picturesque location

Regularly ranked among the best courses of the region and listed within the country’s top 20, Golf d’Albi (External link) , set on the banks of the Tarn River, is the creation of English architect Jeremy Pern. An ability to shape shots is a big advantage on this course, as almost every par 4 and par 5 holes are doglegged to a greater or lesser extent.

Where to stay:

Close to the famous Toulouse-Lautrec museum, the Grand Hôtel d’Orléans (External link) offers a relaxing stay.

Golf du Domaine du Val de Sorne, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté – One of the most beautiful courses in France

On France’s east coast, between Dijon and Lyon, in the Jura Mountains, you’ll find the purpose-built leisure complex at Domaine du Val de Sorne (External link) on the river that bears its name. Comprising a championship 18-hole course and a 6-hole academy course, visitors can enjoy an outstanding all-year round golf destination featuring one of France’s top 20 courses.

Where to stay:

The onsite hotel at Domaine du Val de Sorne (External link) with its ‘gourmet’ restaurant is perfect for a top-over package or a longer break.

Golf de Vittel Ermitage, Grand-Est – An oasis of calm nestled in a stunning location

Nestled in the famous spa town of Vittel, the 600-hectare Vittel Ermitage (External link) resort features two 18-hole courses – the more technical Peulin course carved into the forest and The Mont Saint Jean course, which celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2015. These are complemented by a 6-hole academy course, perfect for beginners or those honing their short game.

Where to stay:

The onsite Hôtel Ermitage (External link) is an Art Deco masterpiece, while the Grand Hôtel and Hôtel des Curtilles at Vittel Le Parc (External link) (Club Med) exude classic French grandeur.

Golf du Domaine de Falgos, Languedoc-Mediterranean – Indulge yourself in an idyllic setting

In the heart of the Roussillon Forest, at an altitude of 1,100m, is the Domaine de Falgos Golf Club (External link) , second home to the French rugby team. Situated between the Canigou Mountain and the Bay of Rosas, the 18-hole course is hilly and requires both focus and skill. However golfers who dare to take it on are rewarded.

Where to stay:

The onsite hotel at Golf du Domaine de Falgos (External link) offers 25 comfortable rooms and seven apartments, as well as a fully equipped spa with a swimming pool, sauna, hamman and jacuzzi.

Golf du Gouverneur, the French Alps – Experience golf within an untouched landscape

Golf du Gouverneur (External link) boasts two of France’s top 30 courses – Le Breuil, which is the longer and more challenging of the two layouts with numerous water hazards, and the par 71 Le Montaplan course, which offers a slightly more understated golf test than its championship sister course. Players might occasionally spot deer scampering around the woods in this wildlife-friendly resort.

Where to stay:

The onsite hotel Domaine du Gouverneur (External link) offers 53 rooms and a gourmet restaurant.