Golf courses in France are becoming an increasingly popular choice for golfers looking for holidays in Europe. Travel to the country is so quick and simple from the UK and as overcrowding on the courses in more classic destinations like Spain and Portugal becomes an increasingly apparent issue, more and more people are choosing to play golf in France instead.
Great courses such as Belle Dune, St Omer and Le Touquet are all a matter of minutes from the terminal at Calais.
These courses are so accessible for golfers in the South East of England that travelling to them is often quicker and less stressful than heading off on Britain’s motorway network to golf courses elsewhere in their own country!
Unfortunately however this easy access has a down side. You must book well in advance to secure reasonable tee times and the popularity of the courses often means a very slow round whatever time of day you play. Our suggestion to avoid these frustrations is to venture a little bit further into France down the new motorway towards Rouen.
This new road takes you to Normandy and Picardy, both beautiful regions providing spectacular vistas, imposing chateaux, fine hotels, excellent restaurants and great nightlife. However the best kept secrets of these regions are the incredible golf courses at Champ de Bataille, Apremont and Isle d’Adam. These courses are such a secret because their location is well away from the typical tourist hotspots yet they are all within two hours of Calais. These courses present no problems with tee times or slow play and boast without doubt some of the most stunning golf in Europe.
If having read the above you still prefer the Costa del Sol because the night life is more lively, you should not book anything without assessing the exciting possibilities on offer in France’s ‘playground of the north’; Deauville and Trouville. Less than three hours from Calais and less than one hour from the port at Dieppe, connoisseurs of great night life will not be disappointed with the number, size or quality of the casinos, bars and restaurants the region has to offer.
After a heavy night we suggest a lunch time tee off at either Ohama Beach or Golf l’Amiaraute both in Deauville.
France is not usually the first country people think of when looking for a golf holiday. However with its convenience, great weather, superb courses, splendid scenery and varied nightlife, we think it might well be worth a second look.