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St Enodoc Golf Club celebrates 125th anniversary …

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
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One of England’s oldest and most beguiling courses, St Enodoc Golf Club in north Cornwall is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the club will stage a Festival of Golf Week, comprising various tournaments and social functions, from June 28th to July 5th.

The highlight of the week promises to be a ‘Hickory Shaft Tournament’ with competitors carrying a set of fully-restored hickory clubs in replica leather and canvas bags over a composite course of club’s Church and Holywell courses.

The History of St Enodoc Golf Club….

First laid out in 1890 by acclaimed golf course designer James Braid, St Enodoc’s Golf Club – Church Course, is considered one of the premier championship links in England that has a golfing heritage to match.

Legend has it, that golf was first played on a part of the present course by a party of undergraduates in 1888 though their efforts were confined to the area round St Enodoc Church and the nearby Daymer Bay. A year later a number of local gentlemen laid out a few holes amongst the massive dunes at Rock and as their enthusiasm increased they officially formed St. Enodoc Golf Club in 1890.

From the minutes of the General Meeting, held in the open air in March 1892, there were about 20 members paying an annual subscription of 5/- to pay the rent of £6 per annum for the land.

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James Braid at St Enodoc

Early records mention competitions held over 27 holes, 18 out and 9 home, though no definitive plans exist to indicate precisely the holes then played. It is known however that the first tee was situated on the high ground about 300 yards to the east of the present clubhouse and that there was one hole on the Northern side of Daymer Bay.

Around 1900, Dr Theophilus Hoskin purchased some 300 acres of land comprising the whole of the land then in use plus the adjoining Trenain Farm and Brea Cottage. In 1905, Dr. Hoskin granted a lease to the Club of “Coles Sandy Common” for £30 a year and two years later entered into an agreement to allow play on that part of Trenain Farm, which now hosts the 13th and 14th holes.

In 1907 James Braid laid out a full 18-hole course which was first altered in about 1922, notably by the construction of the present short 8th and a diversion of the original 11th, 12th and 13th holes. In 1937 the present clubhouse with new access road from Rock was opened in time for the English Ladies’ Close Championship. As a result Braid constructed the existing 17th and 18th holes, necessitated by the relocation of the clubhouse.

The tenancy granted by Dr. Hoskin in 1905 continued until 1949 when his widow decided to sell the property. The club arranged to purchase it but while negotiations were proceeding, the Duchy of Cornwall agreed to take over the whole of the land together with the clubhouse and to accept the Club as tenants under a lease.

The shorter nine-hole course, closed in 1939 due to wartime labour shortages, re-opened in 1967, using some of the holes originally designed by James Braid in 1928 and was extended to 18 holes in 1982.

To add to its golfing narrative, St Enodoc Golf Club has over the decades lured a host of legendary Open Champions to its fairways including not only James Braid, but also Henry Cotton, Jim Barnes and Tom Watson which has further added to the prestige of this outstanding course.    

Prince of Wales at St Enodoc - 1927

Prince of Wales at St Enodoc – 1927

Indeed the course was immortalized forever thanks to the Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman whose experience of playing St Enodoc was encapsulated in his poem, ‘Seaside Golf’. Fittingly Betjeman, who lived in nearby Trebetherick towards the end of his life, was buried in graveyard of the Norman Church alongside the 10th green of his favourite course.

St Enodoc boasts a second course, the Holywell, which is set to the north side of the present clubhouse. Since golf was first played here, there have been holes located there with some of these original holes also of Braid’s design. At times, some of them even formed part of today’s Church course.

Testament to its enduring quality, the Church has hosted numerous amateur golf events in its 125-year history, including the English Ladies Amateur Championship in 1993 and 2002, the English Counties Championship in 1989 and 2005. Just last year, it was chosen by England Golf to stage the English Women’s Amateur Championship.

But what’s going on at St Enodoc Golf Club today?

The most important change in the club’s recent history occurred in 1987 with the purchase of the freehold from the Duchy of Cornwall. Since then the Clubhouse has been considerably enlarged and improved. Then in 1998, due to much greater pressure of play on the course and the effect of a spate of dry summers on the fairways, a modern computer-controlled watering system was installed, supplied from a six million-gallon reservoir constructed on land between the first and the second holes of the Church Course.

The club prides itself on the encouragement it gives to junior golfers and operates a Junior Academy for the club’s junior members that has become so popular that there is now a waiting list. In addition to coaching and skills sessions, competitions are run for the juniors to encourage progress and hone their competitive edge.

In recent years several have gone on to represent the county at both junior and senior level. In 1998, Scott Godfrey won the Carris Trophy and became, as far as records show, the first St. Enodoc golfer to win a national championship of any sort. Since then he has achieved even greater success, winning the English Amateur Championship in 2001 and gaining full international honours in the England team.

As a club today, St Enodoc offers excellent practice facilities complete with driving range, two putting greens and two PGA coaching professionals. It recently invested heavily in a new short game practice area, a new target green on the range and a new covered bay facility. The clubhouse, refurbished last year in time for its anniversary celebrations, provides the full range of usual amenities plus an elegant terrace for al fresco dining in the summer.

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The Church Course…

This alluring 6,547 yard-course, characterized by undulating fairways, firm greens and a number of blind shots, may not be long by today’s standards yet the course record stands at 65, just 4 under par, indicating just how challenging the course remains to this day.

The Holywell Course…

This is more manageable in length and carries than the Church and so ideal for beginners, juniors and seniors as well as for experienced golfers looking for a quick round. Though just 4,082 yards, the Holywell still boasts some demanding holes with small, testing target greens making it a challenge for golfers of all skill levels.

How much does it cost to play at St Enodoc Golf Club?

Visiting golfers are able to play the Church Course for £75 – or just £45 in winter – which represents excellent value for a course of this quality, history and tradition. Meanwhile a round over the Holywell Course is just £25 all year round.

St Enodoc is part of the Atlantic Links, a trail of ancient links set along the north coast of Somerset, Devon and Cornwall comprising Burnham & Berrow, Saunton, Royal North Devon and Trevose.

The Prince of Wales teeing off in front of the old clubhouse in 1927

Where is St Enodoc Golf Club?

Its location on the high sand dunes of the north Cornwall coast overlooking the Camel Estuary, with Padstow to the west and the Atlantic ocean to the north, makes for ideal links golf and for some of the greatest sea and estuary views of any course in the world!

For more on the 125th anniversary celebrations of St Enodoc, please go to www.st-enodoc.co.uk

Or follow them @stenodocgolf

You can also read what your fellow TSGers say about the course here: St Enodoc Golf Club/Review

By Helen Heady

Saint-Omer Golf Club 2015 Offers …

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

From time to time we here at TSG HQ come across some good golf clubs offers to share with you and today is no exception….

The Saint-Omer Golf Club in the Pas-de-Calais region of France is offering a great value Golf & Gastronomy package to tempt golfers with a fondness for French cuisine from across the Channel throughout 2015.

From just over £100 per person in the low season and £120 in high season, the Golf & Gastronomy offer includes 18 holes of golf over Saint-Omer’s Le Val championship course, a four-course gastronomic dinner in Le Lodge Restaurant and a B&B overnight stay in a Deluxe room at the on-site Najeti Hotel du Golf.

For those wishing to travel in July and August, these two months are considered low season so ensure exceptional value during the summer months which elsewhere are usually considered peak season.

Saint Omer Golf Club

Where is Saint-Omer Golf Club?

Just 30 minutes from the French EuroTunnel terminal and port of Calais, the 6,800-yard Le Val course with a par of 73 is regarded as one of the top tracks in northern France. A typical parkland layout, Saint-Omer is fairly demanding given the hilly terrain, a number of blind tee shots and its characteristic large and fast greens. Thanks to its location along the Aa Valley, the course offers stunning views over the lush French countryside from almost every hole.

As a result of hosting a number of competitions including the Saint-Omer Open and French PGA Championship on two occasions, the course is always in immaculate condition and is regularly and widely praised for its excellent course conditioning. This will be maintained in 2015 as Le Val has been confirmed as the host of the Najeti Open (formerly the Saint-Omer Open) on the European Challenge Tour this coming June.

Staying at Saint-Omer Golf Club …

Overlooking the golf course, the Najeti Hotel du Golf which was opened in 2008 is a modern and well-equipped property with 54 stylish, contemporary bedrooms, a bar with a terrace that overlooks the 18th green and a relaxation centre equipped with a jacuzzi and sauna.

Le Lodge Restaurant offers regional French cuisine of a high culinary standard using local, seasonal produce to create a menu of gastronomic delights that combine traditional French recipes with the hotel chef’s unique inventiveness.

And there’s more golf …

If you fancy a little more golf before you head for home, the 9-hole Academy Course, La Haute Drève, is the ideal layout on which to hone your skills from just £17 in low season and £20 in the high season.

There are also a number of other golf courses in the area around Saint-Omer that are highly regarded such as Hardelot, Wimereux, Le Touquet and Arras that can be added on to your itinerary if you would prefer a longer stay.

If it’s just golf and an overnight stay that you are looking for, Saint-Omer Golf Club also offers a Golf Escape package that comprises a night in a Charme room, a buffet breakfast and 18 holes over Le Val for just £77/99€/person in low season (including July and August) or £98/125€ in high season.

With its proximity to the French Eurotunnel and Calais ferry port, Saint-Omer is among the most accessible of Northern France’s golfing delights, making in an ideal destination for a short golf break in France.

Details of the 2015 Saint-Omer Golf Club Packages are:

  • Golf & Gastronomy*: 1 night in Deluxe room, 1 buffet breakfast, 1 18-hole green fee, 1 gastronomic, 4-course dinner in Le Lodge Restaurant

£100/130€/person in low season (including July & August), £120/155€ in high season

  • Golf Escape*: 1 night in Charme room, 1 buffet breakfast, 1 18-hole green fee

£77/99€/person in low season (including July & August), £98/125€ in high season

*Based on sharing a double room and subject to availability, single supplement £31/40per night, offer valid from now until December 31, 2015

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To book a Saint-Omer Golf Club packages, call +321 38 59 90, email golf@najeti.fr  or visit www.golfsaintomer.fr.

By Helen Heady

Golf in The Algarve …

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
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Golf in The Algarve

When one dreams of golf in the Algarve, one thinks warm climate, sun-kissed fairways, immaculate greens and a break from the old routine.

On my recent trip to The Algarve, that’s exactly what I got… four days, sixteen guys, four rounds of golf and two designated drivers, what could possibly go wrong!

Golf in the Algarve – The Tour

This trip we ventured west of Faro having booked through Your Golf Travel (although no sign of Darren!), playing at Villa Sol, Vale da Pinta and twice at Gramacho.

We had a very early start on an EasyJet dawn breaker, we picked up the people carriers at the airport and headed straight for our first stop Vila Sol, the home of the Portuguese Open in 1992 and 1993 before heading to Vale da Pinta/Gramacho where we would be based for the next few days.

Having never played golf in Portugal, I was very excited about pitting my wits against some of the more well-known courses in The Algarve and enjoying some winter sun.

And whilst it was only just December, the warm sunshine was balanced well with a cool breeze coming from the north.

The Courses…

Obviously any golf course review is often biased by the way you play on the day, but I have tried to be objective in my observations and put my own playing ability to one side when writing these reviews….

Golf in the Algarve – Day 1 – Vila Sol

Vila Sol

Vila Sol

This course is well known to me purely because another TSG member has been a member here for a number of years and spoke highly of it, so I was keen to see it for myself.

The clubhouse on first sight is welcoming although quite difficult to find your way round at first.

The course itself is quite tight but not to the point of distraction or frustration and is set out in two loops of nine returning to the clubhouse.

All the fairways are lined with a combination of pine, almond and fig trees, plants, flowers, lakes and streams – and it makes for a good and pleasant stroll.

However, this course, despite its history is very scruffy in places with unfinished housing, terrible fairway weeds creeping across many of the holes suggesting that it has seen better days.

There is poor signage between holes (very important to the visitor).

The course layout is good and the greens are fair and true but I would be lying if I said it was anything special.

Of course, there are some great holes, most notably the Par threes stood out for me but I am not sure I would describe the place as PGA Tour standard.

In addition, the food served pre round was pretty poor, unless you think a deep fried soggy chicken sandwich is standard Portuguese fare.

All the staff were friendly but I am not sure I will be rushing back anytime soon.

Golf in The Algarve – Day 2 – Vale da Pinta

Vale da Pinta

Vale da Pinta

Day two and following a big first night on the local wine, we headed to our second course of the trip.

Now THIS is more like it. What a great course this is!!

And in contrast to the flagship course of the Pestana Group (Vila Sol) this more than lived up to expectation.

This IS why I came to play golf in The Algarve.

Designed by Ronald Fream, Vale da Pinta is considered one of the best layouts in Europe and you can see why.

Vale da Pinta is a parkland course built into the natural contours of the terrain.

After a fairly easy start the course then starts to test you with undulating fairways, plateau greens, stunning views, playing off fairways like carpets. Millionaire golf!

The course has played host to the Seniors Tour in recent years and we were there the day before the regions PGA championship was taking place.

There are two big lakes on the course, which invites you to challenge yourself but I would save my praise for the Par 3 -7th (165 years plateau to plateau) and the stunning approach to the Par 5 – 12th.

Most greens on the course are beautifully guarded with multiple bunkers, but don’t be put off – they are full of soft, fluffy sand.

There are also works under-way around some of the course but all very subtle and it does not detract from the course in any way.

I can honestly say it’s one of the best courses I have had the pleasure of playing (and I have played over 120 in total to date).

The clubhouse is cool and airy and the Pro shop staff welcoming and helpful.

The views from the patio allow you to watch the golfers tee off and play the entire uphill first hole.

However, I have one criticism…. why build a course, so that the last two holes you are playing directly into the sunset?

And why put the 18th green 500m away from the clubhouse leaving a steep walk back, right at the end of your round?!

This is of course nit-picking as most will visit here and take buggies and I would jump at the chance to play here again!

Golf in The Algarve – Day 3 & 4 – Gramacho

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Gramacho

We saved this for the final two days as it was our home and the location for our apartments, meaning it was a short walk to the first tee from here on in.

Gramacho is again a great course again designed by Ronald Fream but with the help of former world no.1 and Open Champion- Nick Price.

The layout is forgiving, open and attractive on the eye.

The fairways are wide (mostly) and rewards the big hitter, as many green are drivable if you take the right line. But don’t be discouraged if you aren’t, good placement will also be rewarded.

After a simple start you are then tested by some undulating holes with neatly placed stone walls and palm-lined fairways.

The course loops away from the clubhouse and only returns back at the 18th.

Again you are met with two main water features with fountains and palm shade but don’t stop to admire the course too much. ou will need to concentrate

You will need to concentrate, to tackle the many sloping greens where a three-putt is common and four putts are not unheard of.

I really liked this course. All the tee boxes were in good condition and despite the finishing holes being in the sunset line (Why?!) I would love to play this again.

If there was one point to note for the greenkeepers – I heard one of our party mention that ever Par 3 was the same distance 150m and they all required playing the same club –  a fair comment, I myself used an eight iron on every one. So perhaps something to consider when laying out the course in future.

So perhaps something to consider when laying out the course in future.

That aside, all the staff were friendly and couldn’t look after you enough and very polite. We were even greeted by owner on 1st tee!

After the golf – The Accommodation…

Pestana have built a great complex at Gramacho and all the apartments were roomy, clean with English TV (if that’s your thing) and come with a good size kitchen and patio.

We also had a full cooked breakfast every day made by our in-house chef, although this is not available to everyone, as he was in our party but he had all he needed to spoil us!

Eating Out

Once we had returned to the room and refreshed ourselves, we headed out to three separate eateries each night:

  • Casa De Bife (Carvoeiro) – Stone cooked steak restaurant – very good
  • Rui Marisquiera Restaurante (Silves) – Seafood farye – I am told good, I went for the steak again
  • Joao’s – Casa de Tapas (Ferragudo) – Superb atmosphere and great Tapas, served by the lovely Catarina

The final verdict on golfing in The Algarve….

What a fantastic trip. Great golf, great company and great food. I’ll be back soon.

Obrigardo!

By Ian Mullins

Golfing Break in Spain – Casa Kimmi Villa …

Friday, November 21st, 2014

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Thinking of taking a golfing break in Spain? Look no further than Casa Kimmi Villa!

Golfing break in SpainThe villa is semi-detached with its own private pool. 

The villa has 6 bedrooms (sleeps 14), 3 bathrooms, 3 American style kitchens, a spacious lounge, patios off each of the upstairs bedrooms. Ceiling fans in all rooms, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi (internet), large patio area off lounge with garden furniture.

There is a barbecue, large table with chairs, sun loungers and parasol around the pool. Only 20 minute drive from Murcia Airport and 40 minutes from Alicante Airport.

Ideal for those wanting a Golfing Break in Spain.

Of course, the main attraction is golf….

There are 32 golf courses in this area (five Championship courses), four of the five are within a ten-minute drive and La Finca is about twenty.

Let us know which golf courses you wish to play and we will arrange discounted green fees, book your preferred tee times (courses get booked up well in advance) and organise transport to and from the courses.

Golfing Break in Spain – The Courses….

Villamartin

A par 72 course, next to Villamartin Plaza, the course is not easy but not as hard as some of the others, some interesting holes very suited to all handicaps, the prices are quite reasonable as well.

It gets very busy from October through to November with a lot of Scandinavians coming to play, this applies to all the courses.

Las Ramblas

This course is by far the hardest of all four courses, with water and ditches about 10 metres deep and about 15 metres across, at Las Ramblas you have to play the course and select clubs very carefully, but again it is a course for all handicaps.

La Finca

This course is about 20 minutes away from the Villa and is flat and even, but again with ditches and water which makes it interesting, it is a pleasure to play here but book early as La Finca is always very busy.

Campoamor

A very nice even course, nothing too difficult, but again you have to play the course. At Campoamor you can’t just send a long drive then hope to get on the green as with trees and very coarse rough you have to pick your shots very carefully.

Las Colinas

This is by far the best course although the price reflects this; Barcelona, Real Madrid and even Liverpool have sent their players here for a bit of fun. However, Las Colinas can again get very busy and is costly.

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Golfing Break in Spain –  what else is there to do?

The area is surrounded by all types of restaurants, bars and children’s adventure playgrounds.

The old cliché about golden sands is true as the beaches are Blue Flag and beautiful, again with many restaurants and bars and only a 10 minute drive away.

Also, we have adult and children’s Go-Carting, which if you get a group of you can be a lot of fun, Jet-skiing, water-skiing and Para-Gliding are also some of the main attractions and all within an 8km radius of the villa.

Golfing Break in SpainFor those not golfing there is the famous La Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre, which they can spend days browsing around.

It is the biggest shopping centre of the province of Alicante, and has about 150 shops, with great free entertainment most weekends and daily during holiday season.

It is the biggest shopping centre of the province of Alicante, and has about 150 shops, with great free entertainment most weekends and daily during holiday season.

All in all, it’s a fantastic place to visit either for weekends, Christmas break, or for golf and family holidays, and of course due to the weather the courses are playable all year round.

Golfing Break in Spain – What is the cost?

Prices per week (minimum 7 nights -flexible):

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Main House Only (Four bedrooms – sleeps 8)

September to June = 560€

July & August = 840€

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Downstairs (Two bedrooms – sleeps 4 / 6)

September to June  =  420€

July & August = 630€

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Golfing Break in Spain – So how do I go about booking?

Please see their website for further details – Golfing Break in Spain – Our Villa

 

Friends of The Social Golfer…

Monday, May 19th, 2014

TheSocialGolfer.comWelcome to our The Social Golfer page where we let you know about great companies and websites that can benefit your golfing life. We call them ‘Friends of The Social Golfer’ or as those that know us well, ‘Friends of TSG’ …

We call them ‘Friends of The Social Golfer’ or as those that know us well, ‘Friends of TSG’

Friends of The Social Golfer – Travel…

Pack Your Clubs – Villas and Apartments for golfing holidays – www.packyourclubs.com

Click2Mojacar – Golfing breaks and holidays to Almeria and Murcia Spain, Discount green fees and tee-off time booking – www.click2mojacar.co.uk

bogor golf toursBogor Golf Tours – Specialist Indonesia Golf Tour Operator – Play golf on six of the top Indonesia International standard golf courses, all within a one hour drive from your hotel – www.bogorgolftours.com

 

Friends of The Social Golfer – Events, Tours  & Trophies…

Trophies & Medals.com – Trophies, medals, neck ribbons, shields, plaques and glass & crystal awards and free delivery on orders over £100- www.trophiesandmedals.com

Golf Empire – Search over 10,000 amateur open golf competitions at more than 1,500 golf clubs… all on one website – www.GolfEmpire.co.uk

William Hunt Trilby Tour – The UK’s biggest amateur golf tour as seen on SkySportsHD but there’s nothing amateur about it – www.williamhunttrilbytour.com

 

Friends of The Social Golfer – Equipment & Clothing…

Portable Golf Solutions – Own a proven portable golf business, now expanding worldwide – www.portablegolfsolutions.com

Gorgeous Golfer – A vibrant selection of stylish ladies and gents golf wear and accessories, for you to look gorgeous in!  –  www.gorgeousgolfer.co.uk

SPRINT6GOLF – is the new quick golf format that allows golfers to play in just an hour – www.sprint6golf.com

 

Friends of The Social Golfer – Tuition…

Golf Putting Lines Ebook – Breaking putts made easy – www.puttinglines.com

Golf Lessons & Tuition – The James Andrews School with 10 PGA pros, 2 video swing analysis suites and 2 golf courses free to students – www.jamesandrewsgolfschool.co.uk

Residential Golf School – Based in historic 1066 country, the James Andrews School of Golf was voted the UK’s leading residential golf school by Today’s Golfer – www.golfschool.co.uk

 

Friends of The Social Golfer – Golf News…

YourCaddy Magazine – Your Game, Your Golf, Your Caddy – www.yourcaddy.co.uk

Golf South Magazine – Local golf news and lifestyle magazine for golfers in the South of England www.golfsouth.co.uk

Golf North Magazine – Local golf news and lifestyle magazine for golfers in Scotland, North of England and North Wales www.golfnorth.co.uk

Golf Blogger – Golf blog and golf news – www.golfblogger.co.uk

Golf Assessor – Providing independent golf equipment reviews & comparisons. www.golfassessor.com

Charity Golf Events Magazine – Trends, ideas, best practices in Charity Golf – www.portablegolfsolutions.com/newsletter.html

National Club Golfer Magazine – View our latest equipment reviews, golf tips, course articles, competitions and news from the golfing world here – www.nationalclubgolfer.com

LadsGolf.comLadsgolf.com – We bring you all the top news, reviews and banter from the world of golf as well as our own branded golf gear. The ‘Lads Golf‘ brand is aimed at the everyday golfer who enjoys the social side of this wonderful game – www.ladsgolf.com

 

Friends of The Social Golfer – Golf Media…

Photvalet.com – Beautiful Golf Images in the USA – www.photovalet.com

 

Friends of The Social Golfer – Golf’s Governing Bodies/Associations…

European Disabled Golf Associationwww.edgagolf.com

Disabled Golf Association – PAN disability organisation – www.disabledgolf.org.uk

 

More Friends of The Social Golfer…

Media/Marketing

Glenn Watts – Experienced .Net Developer and all round good egg – iWantaDeveloper.co.uk

AD Driver – Golf Advertising Network reaching over 200k golfers a month – www.addriver.co.uk

 

Personal

Roger Hurcombe – Disabled Golfer and all round good egg – www.rogerhurcombegolf.weebly.com

Ian Halliwell – Stroke Victim, Charity Fundraiser and all round Golf Nut – www.thesocialgolfer.net

Ian Halliwell – My Golfing Travel Journal from Wigan to the World and back – www.thesocialgolfer.blogspot.com

AmateurGolfNet – An amateur golfer’s personal narrative of his golfing experiences. – www.amateurgolfnet.co.uk

The Kirstie Charity – TSG member Gary Wilson fund raising for Cancer Research – www.kirstiecharity.com

 

Other

TeeTimes.co.uk – Book golf tee times online, select from over 450 golf courses in the UK. Save up to 75% on tee off times from hundreds of courses throughout the UK – www.teetimes.co.uk

Happy Golfing!

 

Ian & The Social Golfer Team

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Golf Holidays in France; A Golfer’s Guidebook …

Monday, April 14th, 2014

France is one of the most popular golfing destinations there are amongst UK golfers, and it’s not hard to see why; home to some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, France also boasts fascinating culture, incredible cuisine, absorbing history and spectacular and varied scenery.

With over 550 golf courses to choose from, all with differing landscape, attractions and degrees of difficulty, a French golf holiday really will leave you spoilt for choice.

From golfing in the majestic and romantic surroundings of Paris to teeing off against the beautiful blue backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea in the South, you will find your perfect golf location here.

Golf Holidays in France…

A French golfing trip offers you the chance to combine your game with a city break or beach holiday – or for more adventurous types, you can mix golf with skiing in Biarritz, wine tasting in Bordeaux, or even mountain climbing in the French Alps.

Accessible from the UK by plane, car, ferry or train in just an hour or two, France is the obvious choice for the ultimate golfing holiday!

Golf Holidays in France

Golf National, France

Image courtesy of Golf National

Whichever golfing resort you decide upon, you are guaranteed to have a wonderful time in France. With its laid-back attitude, stunning golf courses and more cheese and wine than you could enjoy in a lifetime, France makes the ultimate indulgent golf break! Have a look at our favourites below:

Golf National, Golf De Cannes Mougins, Golf Club De Lyon

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Golf Holidays in France – Le Golf National, Paris

Le Golf National’s two 18-hole, par-72 championship courses and short academy layout made it the clear choice to be the permanent host of the French Open – and now Le Golf National will play host to the Ryder Cup in 2018.

Thought by many to be the best golf course in France, Golf National was also voted the fifth best course on the whole continent by Golf World magazine in 2011.

Golf Holidays in France

Le Golf National, Paris

French Golf Image courtesy of Golf National

The natural park course stretches over 7,300 yards from the back tees and is decked with small lakes, sweeps of long  grasses, gorse bushes and dune-like landscaping, all of which come together to make Golf National arguably one of the most challenging courses in France, as well as one of the best!

A must for all golf enthusiasts whatever their level, visitors can play at Golf National for a green fee of € 90 on weekdays and € 130 on the weekends.

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Golf Holidays in France – Golf Club de Lyon, Lyon

Founded in 1921 and set in a magnificent 500 acre estate, Golf Club de Lyon hosted the French Open in 2001 and is considered one of France’s most beautiful courses.

Stretching an impressive 6,700 metres in total, the course is bordered by the River Rhone on one side and dense woodland on the other, ensuring you breath-taking views whichever direction you’re teeing off in!

Golf Holidays in France

Le Golf National, Paris

Image courtesy of Golf Club de Lyon

Designed by French architect Hugues Lambert, Golf Club de Lyon has two full 18-hole, par-72 golf courses – ‘Les Brocards’ (young Roe deer) and ‘Le Sangliers’ (wild boar).

Visitors can play at Golf Club de Lyon for a green fee of €65 on weekdays and €80 on weekends, and anyone not especially interested in golf will enjoy having the vibrant city of Lyon right on their doorstep: known as the gastronomic capital of France, Lyon offers you more restaurants and cafes than you can imagine!

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Golf Holidays in France – Golf Country Club de Cannes-Mougin, Mougin

Just a few miles away from the famous seafront at Cannes lies the fabulous Golf Country Club de Cannes-Mougin, an 18-hole Championship golf course which ranks alongside some of the best courses in the country.

The 6,312 metre long course is also considered one of the most attractive.

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Golf Country Club de Cannes-Mougin, Mougin

Image courtesy of Golf Country Club de Cannes-Mougin

You will be able to enjoy spell-binding views of the Southern Alps mountain range as you tee off here, as well as a unique sense of tranquillity from this tree-lined course.

The layout of this course is perfect to test your overall golfing skills, and there are plenty of attractive, expertly crafted and tricky holes to play.

Visitors can play at Cannes-Mougin for a green fee of € 120, which gives them access to the full course, driving range, putting green, pitching green, and chipping green.

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Golf Holidays in France – Climate

Due to being so closely located to the UK, the northern parts of France share a very similar climate, with commonly cool winters and mild summers.

However, the South of France is much warmer and usually experiences mild winters and hot summers.

In general, the best months to golf in France are from June to September, although if you are playing in the South of France then October is usually still fine.

You are advised to avoid taking your golf holiday during the wetter, colder months (from October/November to April).

Golf Holidays in France – Getting there …

Travelling from the UK to France is straightforward, quick and inexpensive, and there are four popular modes of travel – plane, Channel Tunnel, ferry and train.

If you are travelling with a car, or with a group of people, then the Eurostar or ferry is recommended.

Golf Holidays in France – The Eurostar:

From Kings Cross St Pancras in London you can get the Eurostar to Paris, which takes about two hours and 15 minutes.

Prices depend on the time of day but generally start from £44.50.

Golf Holidays in France – By Plane:

From London airports to Paris, the flight time is about an hour.

The cost depends on when you are going but averages out at about £60. October is the most expensive month to travel.

Golf Holidays in France – By Car/Channel Tunnel:

You can get to France from Folkestone, Kent via the Channel Tunnel, which will take you to Calais. Prices start from £46 for one car and four passengers.

Golf Holidays in France – By Ferry:

You can choose to get the ferry from Dover to Calais; prices start from £10 for two people with a car, but are generally about £30.

The journey takes just over two hours.

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Dover to Calais ferry, golf, france

Dover to Calais ferry image courtesy of Flor!an via Flickr

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By Ella Jameson