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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Due to being so closely located in 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).
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.
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.
From London airport 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.
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.
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.
Dover to Calais ferry image courtesy of Flor! a via Flickr
By Ella Jameson