France’s Top Golf Courses

France’s Top Golf Courses

France is home to more than 550 courses, four of them are rated in Continental Europe’s Top Ten Golf Courses. The varied French landscape and topography mean golfers can enjoy all course types including links, clifftops, sandhills, parklands, wooded, mountain ranges and resort style. With little competition for tee times and our established relationships with some of the best courses in France  enjoy a relaxed round of golf and a gastronomic delight at the end of your day.

The Chateaux and Country Clubs housed in authentic castles are now luxury hotels with their own golf courses. Imagine hitting a royal drive at the foot of a 16th century castle in the Loire Valley, followed by an evening of delicacies such as the finest grand cru classe wines in France, fried foie gras, crayfish a la provencale finished with a tipple of your choice served in the private salon of the castle.

D’Etretat Golf Course

D'Etretat Golf CourseEtretat golf course is located in stunning surroundings overlooking the ocean and bay of Etretat. Year after year it is classified among the best courses in France by the magazine “Golf Européen”. Its spectacular site means the course belongs among the three most remarkable sea-side golf courses in France, together with Sperone and Dinard.

Its lay-out is in perpetual evolution. The green at the famous N°10 hole was reshaped recently making it even more spectacular. If you come to play golf in Normandy you will discover when playing Etretat a demanding course  but whatever your score, you will keep in memory a magical moment[More information on Etretat Golf Course]

Dinard Golf Course

Established in 1887, Dinard is France’s second-oldest club and is steeped in history. Founded by a group of British settlers and designed by the famous Scotsman Tom Dunn, this classic seaside links golf course may not be the world’s longest, but scenically it has few equals. From every hole you are offered spectacular views. Rocky headlands, harbours, fabulous bays, five different beaches, lighthouses and the beginnings of the Atlantic Ocean present an ever-changing and fabulous backdrop. The course still contains plenty of excellent challenges for today’s golfer. Elevation changes exist in abundance, as the uphill par-4 1st and 3rd holes quickly confirm,  also some testing doglegs, at the par-5 4th and long par-4 16th. [More information on Dinard Golf Course]

Soufflenheim Baden – Baden

Soufflenheim Baden BadenRight at the heart of Europe and Alsace, world class golfer Bernhard Langer has created a golfing paradise a mere 25 minutes from Baden-Baden and from Strasbourg. The 33 greens and 18 lakes lie harmoniously nestled into the serene water meadow landscape of the Upper Rhine, surrounded by delightfully peaceful natural scenery and a world away from the hustle and bustle.

Langer fitted the courses into the wonderful landscape so expertly that a game of golf is a relaxing experience and players return to the clubhouse with a sense of satisfaction, no matter what their score card reads. In addition to the spectacular 18-hole championship course, members and guests have the choice between an attractive 9-hole course and a 6-hole short course, as well as luxurious practice facilities, all located within the 140ha site. [More information on Soufflenheim Baden – Baden]

Golf du Médoc

TGolf Du Médochis Golf course is located north of Bordeaux, it opened 1989. Classified among the first 15 golf courses in continental Europe, the Golf du Médoc offers golfers two remarkably well designed courses whose main quality is the technical richness of the route forcing  players to always invent different shots. The Golf du Médoc was ranked in 2010 3rd of the best golf courses in France according to the Rolex Guide and a jury of 50 first French professionals positioned it in the Top 5 of the French golf courses. The courses are perfectly maintained throughout the year. [More information on Golf du Médoc]

Pont Royal Golf Course

Pont Royal is one of the top golf and country club developments in the south of France.Spread over a small hill it offers beautiful views of the Luberon, Les Alpilles and the Treveresse Hills with a wonderful 360 degree panorama. Classified 21st among the best courses golf in France,Seve Ballesteros designed a magnificent golf course in a staggering landscape. In the heart of Provence in spite of the aridity of the region lakes are omnipresent and the greens are excellent. Both tactical and amusing Pont Royal golf course requires good golfing sense. Pont Royal Golf Course has wide fairways, broad sloping greens, and requires a good variety of  shots, interspersed regularly with water hazards. [More information on Pont Royal Golf Course]

Evian Masters Golf Course

Evian Masters Golf ClubEvian Masters Golf Club is located in Evian-les-Bains in France’s Rhone-Alps region. The history of golf here beside the Royal Park Hotel dates back to 1904 when a nine-hole course was constructed, though the course was officially upgraded in 1988 when Cabell B. Robinson designed a new 18-hole course. Evian Masters Golf Club is set at an altitude of 500 meters and is a 45 minutes drive from Geneva. The course is a highly technical 18-hole course (6, 054 metres, Par 72) featuring magnificent views of Lake Geneva and the surrounding Alpine summits. Technically challenging with its well-defended greens and narrow fairways, it holds many surprises with a stunning panorama. [More information on Evian Masters Golf Course]

Champ de Bataille Golf Course

Champ de BatailleChamp de Bataille is a woodland course being part of the castle park and following natural valleys and water hazards. For 60 hectares, the course follows century old trees, bracken filled  undergrowth and huge rhododendron bushes. The course was created in 1990 by the American architect Robin Nelson and the French landscape gardener Thierry Huau who has maintained the natural beauty of the site. Please note that the course has been modified and the two new holes (12 and 13) were designed by the French architect Jean Manuel Rossi. [More information on Champ de Bataille Golf Course]

Fontainebleau Golf Course

Originally opened in 1909, Fontainebleau Golf Club is one of the oldest and most prestigious golf clubs in France.  Over the years the course has consistently been ranked among the top courses in the world.  

Designed by Graham Cooke and Darrell Huxham, the 7,105-yard, par-72 layout has strong green sites with large putting surfaces that are highly contoured and protected by bold bunkering. Cooke and Huxham dug many fairways below grade to provide more definition and variety as well as pleasing views of the dense trees that dominate the course. The neo-classic style clubhouse is tastefully appointed and affords lovely views of the verdant course. [More information on Fontainebleau Golf Course]

Chantilly Vineuil Golf Course

Chantilly VineuilChantilly Vineuil is widely reckoned to be the best golf course in France and ranked as one of the Top 5 golf courses in Europe. Chantilly Vineuil was designed by the legendary Tom Simpson at the beginning of the 20th Century and is laid out traditionally and it’s upkeep immaculately. This course has hosted the French Open numerous times, with Nick Faldo winning here in 1989. It’s a challenging course – you’ll need to combine accuracy with power to avoid the woodland and numerous bunkers. Located 1 mile north of Chantilly and 30 miles away from the capital, the Chantilly Vineuil is one of the best options for golf near Paris. [More information on Chantilly Vineuil Golf Course]

Le Golf National Course

Le Golf NationalThe  Le Golf National in Guyancourt outside Paris, is a wonderful inland links-target style course that is invariably ranked among the top five in Europe.  The course which is open to the public, was recently chosen to host the 2018 Ryder Cup and will be the first hosting in mainland Europe in more than a decade.

Stretching nearly 7,000 yards in the flatland region of Guyancourt which surrounds the historic Chateau of Versailles, once home to Louis XIV, The Albatross championship course is one of the three that make up the Le Golf National Club, the other two being the 18-hole classical L’Aigle (Eagle) Course and the 9-hole L’Oiselet (Sparrow) Course. [More information on Le Golf National Course]

Terre Blanche Golf Course

Terre Blanche Golf CourseTerre Blanche Golf Courses were designed by Dave Thomas and inspired by the surrounding environment. They blend into the landscape like the valleys, cascades and ravines that make them up. The courses at Terre Blanche are two of the most beautiful in Europe, characterised by rolling fairways, challenging bunkers, appealing water features and impeccable greens

The courses are especially sought-after for their high level of aesthetic and technical quality, their irreproachable maintenance all year round, and their perfect integration into an exceptional preserved environment.  Terre Blanche was chosen to host, on the “Le Riou” course, an event in the Ladies European Tour Access Series and, on the “Le Château” course, the only France-based event of the European Senior Tour. [More information on Terre Blanche Golf Course]

Le Kempferhof Golf Course

Le Kempferhof Golf CourseLe Kempferhof Golf Course is in an idyllic setting, surrounded by oak, beech and poplar. All the ingredients are here: mounds along the fairways, no less than 13 water hazards, large hectic greens, huge bunkers and it’s maintenance flawless. Bob Von Haage, American architect designed this 18 hole golf course opened it  in 1990. Ranked 24th best course in Europe by the Danish magazine “Golf Magasinet Eksklusiv” in 2008, with a slope of 145 (Back tees), it will give you the opportunity to examine all facets of your game.  [More information on Le Kempferhof Golf Course]

Golf de Saint Germain

Golf de Saint GermainNine time French Open host Saint Germain lies in the heart of the forest of the same name, and is among France’s most celebrated venues. The club originally played along the banks of the Seine around the turn of the 20th century, but relocated when the river repeatedly flooded the course.

The 6,734 yard championship layout remains a woodland course of the utmost quality. There is nothing overtly complicated about Golf De Saint Germain, but its subtlety and beauty are undeniable; the manicured fairways snake through banks of mature woodland, and the bunkering and green structure. [More information on Golf de Saint Germain]