We often say that golf is like a walk in the park - or in the countryside, on the mountains or by the sea. This is true, yes, but golf is also an invitation to discover France's wealth of cultural heritage, gastronomy and more.
Golf and Culture
To experience the most remarkable, accept an invitation to tee off at Château de Cheverny near Blois, at Abbaye des Sept Fontaines between Reims and Metz, at Château des Vigiers just South West of Bergerac, or at Golf de Saint-Gatien in Deauville.
Planning on heading to the Atlantic coast for a weekend golf getaway? Then take some time out for culture and explore the Art Triangle formed by the cities of Angers, Nantes and Rennes. While golfing at one of Ile-de-France's fabulous courses, spend a day at Château de Versailles for a full dose of enlightenment, or, similarly, head to Mont Saint-Michel if you're practicing the sport in Normandy.
Golf and Nature
With its rolling hills and seaside, mountains, forests, and volcanoes, France has the perfect natural environment for exciting golf.
Near the entrance of Mercantour National Park, the mountainous Rustique d’Auron Golf course is located at 1600 metres in altitude. Challenge yourself on this compact nine-hole course nestled among firs and larch trees!
In Midi-Pyrénées, the Golf Country Club de Bigorre reveals a superb 18-hole course at the foot of the Pic du Midi, a Great Tourist Site in Midi-Pyrénées. For a guaranteed change of scenery, play an 18-hole round at Golf des Volcans near the volcanoes of the Regional Natural Park in Auvergne. Finally, the Golf de Sperone in Corsica will inspire you to improve your swing in a breath-taking setting overlooking the Bouches de Bonifacio Nature Reserve.
Golf and Gastronomy
After a day out on the course, you are sure to find a restaurant nearby to titillate your palate, be it Michelin-starred fine dining or a bistro serving up local specialties.
Near the old town of Albi, on the shores of the Tarn River in Midi-Pyrenees, play a round or two at Golf d'Albi, opened in 1989 by pro golfer Jean Garaïalde, before enjoying a meal at its "La Table du Golf." For those seeking to learn more about Bordeaux grands crus, opt for the Golf du Médoc or the Relais Margaux. Reward yourself with high-end wines after a day on the green.
In a remarkable 87-hectare woodsy setting in Provence, grab a table at the Terrasses de l’Hôtel-Golf du Barbaroux in Brignoles. Taste the Mediterranean with seasonal regional dishes from the Var and Provence.
Touch the stars in gastronomic restaurants! Reserve a table at the Michelin-starred Villa d'Eugénie of the Hôtel du Palais after a day at the Golf de Biarritz le Phare. Satisfaction guaranteed. At the Hôtel Royal in Evian, delight in the dishes of the Edouard VII restaurant and the Art Deco atmosphere there. Let's not forget the Club Albatros de Rochefort-en-Yvelines, le Château-Golf de Bournel, the Golf de Coudray-Montceaux... With so many fine tables to choose from, this is but a non-exhaustive selection.