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The Best Golf Destinations in France

13 December 2021
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Jeroen Korving
This is the third article in the series of 'Best Golf Destinations'. This time we focus on France, which traditionally is a very popular holiday destination for many Europeans. Since the Ryder Cup was held in Paris at Le Golf National, France is also gaining more popularity as a golf destination. The Play Golf in France initiative - supported by the French golf Federation FFGolf - illustrates this ambition. In this episode, we help you to identify the best hotspots or golf destinations in France. So, where can you find the highest density of highly-rated golf clubs in France which are easy to reach when living abroad? We hope you are inspired after reading this article about the best golfing hotspots in France!
Lovely but well-defended hole at Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort (photo credits: Terre Blanche)

The Best Golf Hotspots in France

To help golfers to decide where to go, we decided to make life easier for them. As we know our site in and out, we often see beautiful features which are not yet known to our audience, like the map view and the filters. We defined a golfing hotspot as the following: "an area relativelyclose to an international airportwith at least four or more golf clubs (18-holes or more) with an 8 or higher, all located close to each other". For a golfer, this would translate to easy access by plane and quite a few kick-ass courses to play without too much driving!

Golf Break to Le Touquet Paris-Plage

Although Le Touquet Paris-Plage does not have an international airport nearby, it does lie close to Calais. The Channel or Euro Tunnel and the ferries arriving in Calais make it easy to travel to this area from the Kent and London region. At the mouth of the Canche, the elegant resort of Le Touquet Paris-Plage is an unmissable destination in Pas-de-Calais. This area is also known as the Opal Coast or Côte d’Opale and features lofty chalk cliffs, rolling green hills, windswept beaches, scrub-dotted sand dunes, charming seaside towns and some very good golf courses. This makes this a very interesting golf destination, especially when you plan to play the best golf courses in and around Touquet:

The following golf clubs are also definitely worth a visit when planning your golf break to Touquet: Golf de Wimereux - a real links course -, Nampont St Martin Golf Club and Aa Saint-Omer Golf Club, which lies slightly more inland. If you want to design your own golf trip to the Touquet area, then we advise you to surf to all golf courses in and around Touquet. We really like this relatively unknown golf destination when planning a golf break to France, so make sure to check it out.

Golf Break to Paris - Versailles

Versailles lies just southwest of Paris and is renowned worldwide for the Château de Versailles and the gardens of Versailles, both designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Ryder Cup gala dinner actually took place at the Palace of Versailles just ahead of the action at Le Golf National - the Ryder Cup venue in 2018. Paris has two international airports, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Orly Airport. Orly Airport lies south of Paris, making it the ideal airport for this destination. Since the Ryder Cup 2018, Paris is gaining more and more recognition as a golf destination. The city is lovely and it does have some really good golf courses nearby:

There are also quite some other interesting golf courses around Versailles to play when heading over to this area for a golf break. Racing Club de France - La Boulie is a very traditional golf course not to be missed and Golf De Marivaux is also well worth a visit.

Golf Break to Chantilly

Chantilly is a village in the valley of the Nonette, only 50 kilometres north of Paris located near the international airport of Paris Charles de Gaulle. Chantilly is surrounded by Chantilly Forest and is known for its castle, Château de Chantilly. The château's art gallery, the Musée Condé, houses one of the finest collections of paintings in France. There are many highly rated golf courses surrounding this lovely village:

It might be difficult to get to play Morfontaine as it is a private golf course, but it is worth the effort! Another gem to play in this area is Paris International Golf Club which again is a member-only course, but you can always give it try. Use our site to check the best golf courses in and around Chantilly.

Golf Break to Biarritz

Biarritz is an elegant seaside town on southwestern France’s Basque coast and it has been a popular resort since European royalty began visiting in the 1800s. If you love to surf and play golf, then this is the perfect destination for you. Biarritz Airport or Biarritz-Parme Airport is an airport serving Biarritz. It is located 5 km southeast of Biarritz, near Bayonne and Anglet. Biarritz is often overlooked as a golf destination, but this is a pity. The following golf courses near Biarritz are really worth a visit when playing a golf break: