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Terre Blanche Golf Club, Four Seasons Resort, Provence

Terre Blanche Golf Club, Four Seasons Resort, Provence

Hole 4, Le Chateau Golf Course, Terre Blanche Golf Club, Four Seasons Resort, Provence

Albatros Golf Performance Center, Terre Blanche Golf Club, Four Seasons Resort, Provence

Four Seasons Resort, Provence - Terre Blanche Golf Club

Terre Blanche Golf Club, Four Seasons Resort, Provence

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Golfing in France

 

The French-born Mary Queen of Scots was possibly the first female golfer and she created the term “caddie” in reference to her aides who were cadets in the French militia.

In 1856 the first golf club in continental Europe was established at Pau in the Pyrenees. The Pau Golf Club is the oldest in Europe and it was followed by a course built at Biarritz in southwest France in 1888. This Atlantic coastline is now a very popular vacation area, proliferated with golf courses, camp sites, and windswept sandy beaches.

With its great topographical diversity, France is perfect for varied golfing experiences. There are courses nestled in the foothills of the Alps, sandy links in Normandy and Brittany and rugged courses along the southwest coast. The climate in southern France is very temperate, making the courses of Provence agreeable year round.

Nowadays there are over 400,000 registered players in France and more than 400 courses - almost as many as Ireland. Compiègne Golf Course is one of the most elite in the country and is famous for hosting the only Olympic golf event in 1900. In the Beauvais region near Paris, the course boasts a par 71 18-hole course and high quality restaurant open to visitors.

Great golf can be found in the Paris area, in the beautiful countryside of Versailles,  Fontainebleau and Chantilly. Paris International Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus, features a luxurious clubhouse with spa and pool. Rated in the top five European courses, Chantilly Vineuil is a challenging course which has frequently hosted the French Open. Fontainebleau is ranked in the European Top 20 and World Top 100. The Chateau d’Augerville offers challenging golf as well as a 17th-century chateau which is now a luxury hotel. Golf National Albatros - now the home of the French Open - is one of the most difficult courses in Europe.

Normandy also has a rich variety of golf courses. Deauville’s original course was built back in 1899. Now rated among France’s top 20 courses, the Golf Barriere of Deauville is one of Normandy’s golfing highlights with 27 holes over an undulating course with panoramic views over the English Channel. Le Touquet has three golf courses as well as a four seasons resort with horse-riding, tennis, spa, etc.

Cannes Mandelieu Golf Club in Provence is another signature course, dating back to 1891 when it was founded by the Grand Duke Michael of Russia. It is in the town of Mandelieu, 7 km west of Cannes, with lush greens near the coast. Another popular golf club is Terre Blanche at the Four Seasons Resort, Provence. There are two 18-hole courses as well as the Albatros Golf Performance Center.