Resort Golf

France is blessed with some of the finest golf resorts in Europe, whether you are drawn to the opulence, luxury and jet-set lifestyle of the Lake Geneva area, or maybe the calmer, hidden gems of the Dordogne Valley. French golf resorts come with considerable international tournament pedigree too, having hosted many PGA European Tour events over the years, with The Evian Resort, near Geneva, still the only golf course in continental Europe to stage a ‘Major’, the Evian Championship for women.

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort*****, Provence - Indulge yourself in five-star luxury

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort***** (External link) is part of the exclusive European Tour Properties network of world-class golf venues. Located only 45 minutes from Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport and 90 minutes from Marseille Airport, Terre Blanche is the ideal destination from which to explore the South of France.

Spread across a 750‐acre luxury resort, the five‐star property – which is a member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ – features two 18‐hole Championship golf courses designed by former Ryder Cup player Dave Thomas: Le Riou, home of the Terre Blanche Ladies Open, a Ladies European Tour Access Series event; and Le Château, venue of the European Senior Tour Riviera Masters.

Where to stay:

On site. The Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort***** (External link) all‐suite and villa resort prides itself on luxurious space, comfort and privacy through a combination of traditional and contemporary Provençal decor. The hotel offers 115 suites and separated villas with private terraces and lounges.

Golf du Médoc Resort, New Aquitaine – Indulge yourself at one of France’s most famous golf resorts

Located just outside Bordeaux 20km from the Atlantic Ocean, Golf du Médoc Resort (External link) , featuring 79 rooms and suites, rubs shoulders with the famous vineyards with which the hotel has established close ties. Its two courses, the Châteaux and the Vignes, are highly regarded and have been included in many golf course ranking lists and awards in recent years. The Châteaux Course, which was designed in 1989 by American golf course architect, Bill Coore, in a Scottish links-style, has 18 holes surrounded by a magnificent natural setting. The quality of the greens, the influence of the winds coming in from the ocean and the layout’s technical difficulties make this a fierce golfing challenge. In contrast, the Vignes Course, is set amid a typically regional landscape where the aesthetics of the heath and the maritime pines serve to enhance the design.

Where to stay:

On site. The Golf du Médoc Resort (External link) is one of the most renowned golf destinations in France and overlooks both golf courses.

Royal Mougins Golf & Resort, Côte d’Azur – The perfect base for a holiday to remember

Situated just a few minutes from Mougins, a charming medieval Provençal village, Royal Mougins Golf & Resort (External link) benefits from its exceptional geographical location. The beaches of Cannes are only 20 minutes away, Nice International Airport is a 30-minute drive, and Monaco in just 45 minutes away. The majority of the Robert von Hagge-designed golf course stretches across the secluded ‘Vallon de l’Oeuf’, surrounded by peaceful countryside with olive trees and ancient stonewall terracing, preserving the traditional Provençal character of the land.

Where to stay:

On site. The luxury hotel at Royal Mougins Golf & Resort (External link) is just a stone’s throw from the hustle of the Côte d’Azur but set within the peaceful grounds of a large private estate.

Kempferhof Resort, Alsace – Take on the water to become King of the castle

Kempferhof Resort (External link) sits in an idyllic setting surrounded by ancient oaks, beech and poplar trees. The highly acclaimed golf course is famous for its perfect conditioning, 13 water hazards, large greens and huge bunkers.

The imposing Robert von Hagge-designed golf course, which opened in 1990, sits at the heart of this resort located just 10km from Strasbourg. Uniquely, Kempferhof Resort boasts its own castle, overlooking the golf course, and features nine luxury rooms and four suites – each one named after a famous movie! Golfers also have the option of staying in one of 16 annexe rooms overlooking the 7th hole.

Where to stay:

On site. The Kempferhof Resort (External link) offers rooms within the castle and the contemporary out buildings

Evian Resort, Lake Geneva, French Alps – Visit the home to the only ‘Major’ in Continental Europe

The Evian Resort (External link) , overlooking Lake Geneva, combines three hotels, The Hotel Royal, a majestic century old palace with a stunning lake view, The Hotel Ermitage, with a cosy more subdued atmosphere and Le Manoir, a special golfers retreat next to the golf course. The Evian Resort Golf Club, which winds its way through 150 acres of undulating woodland, annually hosts The Evian Championship for women, still the only ‘Major’ staged in Continental Europe and now in its 22nd year.

Where to stay:

To immerse yourself in the golf experience, stay at Le Manoir (External link) , at the heart of Evian Resort’s golf academy. This is not a hotel (just accommodation) but guests are free to use the other hotel facilities on site.

Dolce Chantilly, Paris – Blend together the world’s of golf, art and equine

In the heart of the historic Chantilly Forest, just 40 minutes from Paris and only 25 minutes from the Roissy Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Dolce Chantilly (External link) enjoyed a complete refurbishment in 2008. On the golf course, fourteen of the holes skirt the edge of the forest and the four remaining holes, directly opposite Hotel Dolce Chantilly, take on a formal French garden design, including water features and canals. Away from the golf, guests can take a five-minute to the famous Château de Chantilly, a 14th century castle housing the largest private art collection in France, and the Musee Vivant du Cheval (Living Horse Museum) built by the Princes of Conde in the 18th century.

Where to stay:

The horse-themed four-star Dolce Chantilly Hotel (External link) has 200 rooms and suites overlooking the golf course, and is supported by extensive leisure facilities.

Souillac Golf and Country Club, Dordogne – Self-catering stay-and-play golf for keen players

Located at the border of the Lot, Dordogne and Corrèze regions (or departments), Souillac Golf and Country Club (External link) boasts an 18-hole golf course navigating its way through a mature oak forest. The course – previously a six-hole layout re-reconfigured and expanded in 2003 – sits alongside a residential park of 75 detached houses, available for holiday rent. The layout is renowned for its narrow fairways, elevated greens and hilly landscape and is recognised in south west France for its quality.

Where to stay:

Onsite, in two or three-bedroom holiday lodges at Souillac Golf and Country Club (External link) . Special stay-and-play golf packages are available.

Hotel Barriere L’Hotel du Golf Deauville, Normandy – Experience a golfing favourite with lively nightlife

One of the key benefits for a golfing guest staying at the Hotel Barriere L’Hotel du Golf Deauville (External link) are ‘resident rates’ at a number of golf courses including the on-site Golf de Deauville (two courses combining sea views and Normandy countryside), Golf de Saint-Julien, Champ de Bataille and the famous Golf d’Omaha Beach. Located just a 45-minute drive from Caen and three hours from the Calais ferry and rail terminals, it is ideally situated for UK golf visitors seeking a variety of quality golf courses close to their holiday base, coupled with the lively nightlife of Deauville.

Where to stay:

Onsite, at the 169-room Hotel Barriere L’Hotel du Golf Deauville (External link) overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Additional leisure facilities include outdoor heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym and bicycle hire.

Disneyland Paris Resort, Paris – The course that Mickey built, for all golfers

If you fancy taking a break from the bright lights, amusements and entertainment of Disneyland Paris, you can seek sanctuary atGolf Disneyland (External link) three Disney-themed 9-hole loops (you choose which two to make up your 18) that combine to create an enjoyable challenge, and just a few minutes’ drive from the theme park. There is very little difference between the actual courses and they offer open terrain, occasional water hazards, plenty of bunkers and large firm greens. The holes are well spaced with not too much rough, meaning they are suitable for players of all abilities.

Where to stay:

Any of the hotels which serve Disneyland Paris, including Disneyland® Hotel (External link) , Disney’s Hotel New York® (External link) or Radisson Blue Hotel (External link) (in the grounds of Golf Disneyland).

Domaine de Divonne, Jura – Art deco golf with breathtaking mountain views

The golf course at Domaine de Divonne (External link) - just 15km from Geneva Airport - affords an amazing location, opposite Mont Blanc and at the foot of the Jura Mountains in Divonne les Bains, close to Lake Geneva and the Switzerland border. Using the natural hilly landscape and water features, the course, comprising six par 3s, six par 4s and six par 5s, uniquely starts with a par 3 and finishes with one.

Where to stay:

Pamper yourself in the luxurious 134-room art-deco style Domaine de Divonne Hotel (External link) , a member of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ group. Set in 65 hectares of parkland, it boasts four restaurants, extensive leisure facilities and a casino, which is rated as one of the leading gambling establishments in France.