Ah, “Gay Paree”! When was the last time you visited that enchanted city and all the marvels it has to offer? For me, it’s been far too long but I’m heading back next summer for the art, wine and golf!
Did I say “golf”? Yep, I did — and it’s not exactly in Paris but slightly to the West – golf in Western France. Like I mentioned, I have been to France before and just loved it but I have never even swung a golf club there.
French golf often gets a bad rap and it’s difficult to even name a few prominent French Professional golfers. Only a handful come to mind – Thomas Levet, the talented, young newcomer (and fresh off a stellar Ryder cup debut) Victor Dubuisson and, of course, the most famous of all, Jean van de Velde, who had that famous collapse in the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Van de Velde has vastly curtailed his playing but has taken on being somewhat of an ambassador for golf in France, recently being named the Championship Director of his home tourney in France – the Alstom Open de France.
And it IS nice to see Dubuisson giving more exposure to French golf and all the beautiful but often seldom known courses that are available for play.
One I’m planning to play is the Golf National Albatros, located just 20 miles West of Paris.
It’s a 7200+ yard course that has held the French Open since 1991 and the host location of the 2018 Ryder Cup. So I’m glad I will get the opportunity the play this gem of a course before it gets even MORE popular.
The other course I’m excited to play is Golf de la Bretesche (see top photo). This is a course housed in the shadows of a magnificent fairy-tale chateau – complete with towers, turrets, moat and adjoining lake in this off-the-beaten-path woodland course.
Now when I’m on holiday I like time that’s on the peaceful side. Not as much hectic-ness or all-city time. I need some R & R (isn’t that what holidays are for?!) so this course is going to be a perfect for that – oh and I think the wife will love this setting, too 🙂
Golf in France has the additional enticement of having very reasonable green fess – comparatively speaking to say the US and UK anyway. We’re talking in the $50-$150 range for an elite course.
Besides the unbelievable food, culture, weather and, of course, golf, why not look into playing a few rounds in Western France? – in might be far less expensive then you believe and you’ll have the most precious of memories.
The folks at Brittany Ferries have put together a lovely infographic on golf in Western France below.
Image source: Brittany Ferries presents the best golf courses in Western France.