France Wines and L'Art de Vivre

France is soaked in culture, art, gastronomy, history and of course wines - making it a firm favorite for golfers and non-golfers alike. However, to be fair, until recently, golf did not top the list of items one expects to see and do in France. Not anymore. The 2018 Ryder Cup would be hotly contested on the Le Golf National in the outskirts of Paris, French golf is suddenly de rigueur. It will be the biggest golfing event to be staged on mainland Europe since the Ryder Cup visited the Costa del Sol in 1997.

With more than 550 golf courses in the region, and over 25 of Europe’s top 100 courses, the first of which dates back to 1856, France’s vast geographical size provides a range of different terrains and climates makes it a fabulous golfing destination. From Les Bordes, Europe’s number two course and the five star resort of Evian, one of Europe’s finest golf resorts, to charming provincial Golf clubs, courses in France are beautifully designed, well-maintained and offer great value.

With the advent of the Eurotunnel, the northern hamlets of Le Touquet and Hardelot have already become incredibly popular with British golfers. Driving a little further south, Paris has the obvious attractions but the surrounding area is home to some famous golf courses. Close by, historic Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley have championship quality courses and the regions draw tourists for its Celtic traditions, gourmet cuisine and old Chateaus.

From the Atlantic coast to the warm shores of the Mediterranean, France's South is a real favorite; great golf courses can be found around the fantastic vineyards of Biarritz and Bordeaux, while Provence and the Côte d'Azur are ideal for a golf holiday in the near-guaranteed sunshine.
This magnificent country of chic cities, quaint rural villages, grand châteaux, sophisticated beach culture and of course, legendary vineyards, has a romance, charm and attitude all of its own. April to September are the best months to travel in France. But the high season in July and August can get a little stifling. Irrespective of your time of travel, France is guaranteed to make you fall in love all over again, royally.

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Golf & History in France

7 Nights | 3 Stops | 4 Rounds of Golf

Brittany, Normandy & Chantilly

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Normandy has long played an outsized role in European history - from the Norman invasion of England in 1066 to the D-Day landings of 1944. This rich and often brutal past is brought vividly to life by the spectacular monasteries in quiet pastoral villages, transfixing cemeteries along the D-Day beaches, the maritime charms of Honfleur and the striking postwar modernism of Le Havre. Nearby Brittany (or “Little Britain”) has the longest stretch of coastline of any region in France, and along with its medieval towns and thick forests make for a very worthy detour here off the beaten track. This is a land of prehistoric mysticism, proud Breton culture and much-loved islands. Camembert, delicious crêpes, homemade cider, cream-rich cuisine and fresh seafood provide further reasons to visit this beautiful region in the northwest of France.
Top Attractions
  • D-Day Landing Beaches
  • Cité de la Mer, Cherbourg
  • Bayeux Tapestry
  • Honfleur Painter's Port
  • Mont St-Michel
  • Colleville-sur-mer Cemetery
  • Walled city of St-Malo
  • Carnac Megalithic site
  • Dinard Town
  • Golfe de Morbihan
  • Île de Sein
Dinard, Brittany

Established in 1887, Dinard is France’s second-oldest club and is steeped in history. Founded ...

Deauville, Normandy

Opened in 1929 on the heights of Mont-Canisy and only few minutes from the town centre, the Golf Bar...

Etretat, Normandy

Eroded over centuries by the sea, the chalk cliffs of Etretat are famed for their stunning beauty an...

Val-André, Brittany

This much admired seaside golf course on the north coast of Brittany is laid out above the town of V...

Deauville, Normandy

Two hours from Gare Saint-Lazare, Deauville unfolds with a chic break at Hotel Le Normandy. After si...

Chantilly, Oise

Steeped in rich culture and heritage and surrounded by the stunningly historic Chantilly Forest, the...

Dinard, Brittany

In the heart of Dinard, the Grand Hotel Barrière, renowned for its savoir faire in the art of...

D-Day Landing Beaches
Cité de la Mer, Cherbourg
Bayeux Tapestry
Honfleur Painter's Port
Mont St-Michel
Colleville-sur-mer Cemetery
Walled city of St-Malo
Carnac Megalithic site
Dinard Town
Golfe de Morbihan
Île de Sein
The Royal Experience

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Touraine & Augerville

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The Loire Valley châteaux are a bit like buses: you wait ages for one to come along, then suddenly five show up together. Poised on the crucial frontier between northern and southern France, kings, queens, dukes and nobles came here to establish feudal castles and pleasure palaces. The result being more than hundreds of France's most opulent aristocratic estates. With crenellated towers, soaring cupolas and glittering banquet halls, the region's châteaux, and the villages and vineyards that surround them, attest to over a thousand years of rich architectural and artistic creativity. The Loire Valley is also known for its outstanding wines (red, white, rosé and sparkling) and lively, sophisticated cities, including Orléans, Blois, Tours and Angers – yet more reasons why the entire area is an enormous Unesco World Heritage Site.
Top Attractions
  • Château de Chambord
  • The Apocalypse Tapestry at Angers
  • Gardens at Ainy-le-Vieil Chateau
  • Son-et-Lumiere at Blois Chateau
  • Notre Dame d'Orsan Garden
  • Cycling the Loire a Velo Route
  • Bourges Cathedral and its Stained Glass
  • Loire Valley Wines
  • Historic towns of Orléans, Tours, Amboise, Chinon and Loches
Tourraine, Loire Valley

Set around a striking 15th century château, Château des Sept Tours is a stunning course ...

Fontainebleau, Loire Valley

In the depths of the forest of Fontainebleau, ensconced in silent ancient woodland, it is sometimes ...

Cheverny, Loire Valley

Built on 142 hectares of natural beauty on the former hunting grounds of Château de Cheverny, ...

Augerville, Loire Valley

Golf Château d'Augerville is home to a quiet and well designed tree-lined parkland course laid...

Sologne, Loire Valley

Golf des Aisses is located on a gorgeous 660 acres estate in the Sologne forest at the heart of the ...

Touraine, Loire Valley

The luxurious Chateau des Sept Tours is a classic example of a high class chateau golf holiday,...

Augerville-la-Rivière, Loire Valley

This real haven of peace is situated by the border of the Regional Park of Gâtinais, just one ...

Château de Chambord
The Apocalypse Tapestry at Angers
Gardens at Ainy-le-Vieil Chateau
Son-et-Lumiere at Blois Chateau
Notre Dame d'Orsan Garden
Cycling the Loire a Velo Route
Bourges Cathedral and its Stained Glass
Loire Valley Wines
Historic towns of Orléans, Tours, Amboise, Chinon and Loches

Wines & Wedges

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Bordeaux & Biarritz

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Fairways and Vineyards

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Bordeaux, Aquitaine

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A heady mix of 18th-century savoir-faire, sun-drenched vineyards, millennial hi-tech and urban street life, France's sixth largest city, Bordeaux, deservedly won the European Best Destination Award in 2015. This is the world's largest urban World Heritage Site, cradling half the city in its UNESCO-listed treasure chest. From the elegant symmetry of tree-shaded boulevards laced with mansions built for wine merchants, to wild contemporary creations resembling giant wine decanters, Bordeaux architecture is world-class. Most importantly, it is synonymous fine wines, where viticulture is a fiercely protected ancient art and dégustation (tasting) is an intrinsic part of daily life. Paired with traditional French kitchens, experimental neobistros and creative fusion restaurants - there is no tastier marriage.
Top Attractions
  • Historic Saint Pierre Quarter and Riverfront
  • Cité du Vin Wine Museum
  • Palais de la Bourse and the Water Mirror
  • Cathédrale St-André
  • Wine Tasting in the Vineyards
  • Esplanade des Quinconces
  • Musee des Beaux Arts and Musee des Arts Decoratifs
  • Musee d’Art Contemporain, the CAPC
  • The Musee d’Aquitaine
Biarritz, Aquitaine

The Golf d'Arcangues was created in the 1990's by Guy and Jean d'Arcangues on the family property th...

Le Pian-Médoc, Bordeaux

Designed by Rod Whitman, Medoc les Vignes course is set in a typically regional landscape where the ...

Moliets-et-Maa, Aquitaine

The area near Biarritz in southwestern France has long been a haven for golfers, and Moliets is one ...

Biarritz, Aquitaine

The Golf de Biarritz le Phare is set on a 34-hectare site in the centre of Biarritz. While its lengt...

Le Pian-Médoc, Bordeaux

Site of the French open in 1999 (European PGA Tour), Medoc les Châteaux Golf Course correspond...

Lacanau-Océan, Bordeaux

Lacanau, one of the most famous surf spot in Europe, offers a superb golf course with its pine-shade...

Saint Emilion, Bordeaux

St Emilion Golf course is the new gem  designed by one of the best architects in the world, Tom...

Biarritz, Aquitaine

It is a well-known fact that the villa that houses the Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz, overlookin...

Martillac, Bordeaux

An extraordinary collection of contemporary buildings, created from recycled local materials specifi...

Bordeaux City Center

Nostalgic French decor and UNESCO World Heritage architecture set the scene for your stay at InterCo...

Le Pian-Médoc, Bordeaux

The Golf du Médoc Hotel & Spa MGallery by Sofitel enjoys a stunning location between two ...

Historic Saint Pierre Quarter and Riverfront
Cité du Vin Wine Museum
Palais de la Bourse and the Water Mirror
Cathédrale St-André
Wine Tasting in the Vineyards
Esplanade des Quinconces
Musee des Beaux Arts and Musee des Arts Decoratifs
Musee d’Art Contemporain, the CAPC
The Musee d’Aquitaine