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France Golf Courses

Golf has been played in France since the early part of the 20th century and it is now played almost everywhere. The principal areas recommended for golf vacations are the Paris region, the chateaux country in the Loire Valley, historic Normandy, the wine country of Bordeaux, and the sun-drenched Riviera.

Cannes Mougins Golf Club
Designed by: Colt & Simpson, Peter Allis & Dave Thomas
Par 72; 6465 yards

Just north of the town of Mougins, the Cannes Mougins golf course has hosted European Open events for over 20 years. Opened in 1976, this private course is one of the most famous in the area. With strategically placed water hazards and varied landscapes, the course presents a challenge to even the most skilled players, yet is welcoming for amateurs as well.


Chateau des Vigiers Golf Club
Designed by: Donald Steel
Par 72; 6643 yards

Set among plum and oak trees, lakes and vineyards, the course at Chateau de Vigiers is considered a holiday course with its short rough and quick playing greens, though it can be turned into a greater challenge for those who dare. Chateau des Vigiers holds weekly golf tournaments at which guests can meet and complete with local and international members of Vigiers.


Etretat Golf Club
Designed by: Monsieur Chantepie and Arnaud Fruchet; Didier Fruchet
Par 72; 6641 yards

Founded in 1908, Etretat Golf Course stands atop of and overlooking the cliffs of the Normandy coast and the sea, and is subject to the challenge of the ever-present winds. Originally built by architect Monsieur Chantepie and professional golfer Arnaud Fruchet, the course was nearly destroyed during WWII, and then rebuilt in 1947. In 1992, the course was modified by Didier Fruchet to meet the needs of modern golfers, and to give players an even better view of the famous cliffs.


Golf Barriere de Deauville
Designed by: Tom Simpson, Henry Cotton
Par 72; 6508 yards (first 18 holes). 3314 yards (9-hole Blue course)

Considered one of the most beautiful and meticulously groomed French courses, Deauville is one of "the" golf courses in Normandy to play. It features panoramic views over Deauville and the Channel as well as over the Touques and Auge valleys. Originally built by Tom Simpson in 1929, the additional 9-hole Blue course was added by Henry Cotton in 1964.


Moliets Golf Club
Designed by: Robert Trent Jones
Par 72; 6406 yards

Ranked among the top European golf courses, Moliets is located in the Les Landes pine forest of Biarritz. With five seaside holes, it is as beautiful as it is challenging. Since 1998, it has had the distinction of being one of the National PGA training centers and has hosted many championships.


Omaha Beach Golf Club
Designed by: Yves Bureau
Par 72; 6852 yards. 9 holes 3163 yards – Par 35

Only a few miles from the historic Normandy coastline and the D-Day landing beaches, Omaha Beach Golf Club has been rated among France's top 50 golf courses. This 27-hole parkland course allows you to customize your golf experience by providing three unique 9-hole sections: the hilly, waterladen L'Etang (the Pond), the intriguing, scenic La Mer (the Sea) and the flat, apple-tree flanked Le Bocage (the Hedgerow).


Saint Endreol Golf Club
Designed by: Michel Gayon
Par 72; 6840 yards

Winding rivers, stately pines, and a view of the Roquebrune mountains set the stage for this internationally renowned golf course. Each of the 18 holes has a unique setting and the 13th is especially beautiful with a green set along the l'Endre River.


Golf de Terre Blanche
Designed by: Dave Thomas
Par 72; 7240 yards - Le Chateau. Par 72; 6570 yards – Le Riou

The Four Seasons Resort Provence at Terre Blanche offers two courses that wind through pine and oak-clad hills and valleys, providing golfers with sweeping views of neighboring villages and the Southern Alps. Sophisticated construction and irrigation techniques maintain the quality of the playing surface all year long. The Le Château course offers several water features to test the ability of the more advanced golfer; Le Riou spans over 6570 yards and lends itself to all levels of play.