Get ready to tee up
I often travel to France to hit the slopes during ski season, but I’m also an avid golfer, and while I’m no Tiger Woods, I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy several of France’s premium golf courses. Each one on my list can be easily accessed by car from Calais, so you can travel knowing that your golf clubs and gear are safely in the boot.
Whether you’re a keen driver, like me, or you simply like the convenience of planning your own journey, driving to France gives you time to relax, listen to the radio and de-stress. Check out my favourite golf courses, and plan your golf getaway in France today.
Found a stone’s throw from Calais, in Hardelot, this golf course is the only reason you need to take a day trip to France. Featuring two golf courses just a couple of kilometres apart, the greens at Hardelot are surrounded by pine trees, making them a picturesque place to enjoy a round (or two) of golf. Both courses are 18-holes, with a club house for members and golf school to enjoy. Of the two courses, my favourite to play is undoubtedly Les Pins. It’s a really classic golf course with a magical feel about it, and each hole offers a fun test to all levels of golfer.
Golf de Morfontaine
Located in north-eastern France, Golf de Morfontaine is a pretty golf course just over an hour’s drive north of Paris. It’s famous for regularly appearing on many Top 50 Golf Courses lists, known for its stunning natural beauty, situated right next door to the Natural Regional Park Oise. The 27-hole course isn’t always the most difficult, but it’s great if you’re looking to improve your strategic approach. Originally a 9-hole course, known as Le Valière, these first holes are thrilling to play and let you experience the course’s history, having first opened in 1913.
West of St-Malo, Pléneuf-Val-André is known as one of the prettiest golf courses in Brittany. You can enjoy sweeping sea views while you play, with the course nestled between the water and surrounding heathlands. I love the wide fairways of this course, which stretches out for 6,052 metres, and its position by the sea means you’ll often be tackling strong Emerald Coast winds, providing a thrilling game. The golf club here features a practice zone, pitching and putting greens, as well as training bunkers for those who need to fine-tune their skills.
Les Aisses Golf
Les Aisses Golf sits just south of Orléans, in the Solonge region of France. With two courses, one 18-hole and one 9-hole, you’ll find plenty of varied terrain to enjoy here, providing plenty of putting and chipping opportunities. Its low-lying soils are well-draining, meaning that the course has fantastic quality turf throughout. I particularly enjoy the wealth of flora found at Les Aisses, with scotch oak and pine trees, as well as four types of heather. Its position in the surrounding woodlands gives this course a very vintage feel, so if you enjoy some of the classic courses around London in the UK, you must pay a visit to Les Aisses. Travelling to France for a golfing trip? With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle you can travel from Folkestone to Calais in just 35-minutes.