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The 8 Best Golf Courses in the South of France

08 January 2020
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Joep Oude Egbrink
With over 650 golf courses in the whole of France, there is a lot to choose from. Golf has always been a popular sport for the French, but over the last decade more and more foreign golfers are finding their way to this beautiful country.
Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort (photo credits, member JulienTizot)
As the country is so big, landscapes and weather can differ quite a bit. In the northern part you have  Côte d’Opale for example. This region is home to some sensational golf courses, but sometimes the weather can let you down a bit. 

If you are a golfer that’s looking for a bit more stable climate, then golf in the south of France might just be your perfect golf destination. We went ahead and made a list for you with the 8 best golf courses in the South of France. 

*This ranking is based on golf courses in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur that have more than 30 reviews on Leadingcourses.com. Updated on May 22nd, 2020.

1. Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort

Situated an hour from Cannes – Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort has been a top-notch facility for many years. In the last 5 years, Terre Blanche scored very high in the annual Golfers Choice Awards, even being number one in 2017! The golf club has two 18-hole golf courses designed by Dave Thomas: Le Château and Le Riou. The course is known for the great lay-out and excellent maintenance. Combine the golf with the astonishing hotel and you have a golf experience the way it is meant to be. One of the best golf courses the south of France has to offer.

2. Le Château de Taulane

Situated between la Côte d’Azur and les Gorges du Verdon is Le Château de Taulane. This prestigious 18-hole golf course was designed by Gary Player and is situated in an exceptional setting at 1000 meters altitude. The course, guarded by seven lakes, is challenging but very enjoyable for both high and low handicappers. We recommend to take a buggy, due to the hills.

3. Golf Country Club De Cannes Mougins

A few miles away from La Croisette and it famous seafront, lies the fairways of Cannes Mougins Golf & Country Club. Its surrounded by the superb mountains of the Southern Alps, some of the most impressive assets of the area. The course measures 6,312 meters from the tips and is nestled against the Valmasque Nature Park. This allows golfers to escape from the turmoil of the cities.

4. Golf International Pont Royal

The spectacular Golf International Pont Royal is integrated into the unique environment of Provence with “garrigue” and pine woods offering a real tactical challenge. Severiano Ballesteros designed this course. It is his only design in the country of France. The golf course offers great views of the Luberon, the Alpilles Mountain range, the Durance Valley and the Massive of Trévaresse.

5. Golf De Saint Endréol

Golf De Saint Endréol opened in August 1992. Michel Gayon designed the course. The course is sculpted by the multiple facets of the seductive and varied landscape, creating the perfect golfing experience for all levels of play. A spectacular 18-hole course of international renown offers splendid views over the river Endre. Each of the eighteen holes has its own distinct personality, perhaps the most spectacular being the 13th, with its fantastic drop onto a waterside green.

6. Golf De Roquebrune Resort

Ideally located between Cannes and Saint-Tropez and just 10 minutes from Saint-Raphaël and St. Maxime, Roquebrune Golf Resort will definitely bring joy to your eyes. You will play between land and sea, discovering breathtaking views over the bay of Saint-Raphaël or the Massif des Maures. The course, designed by Udo Barth and renovated by Michel Gayon, combines different challenges: Over 40 bunkers and six water hazards guard the track. After your round the stunning resort gives you the opportunity to sleep right in the backyard of the golf course.

7. Royal Mougins Golf Club

Founded in 1993, Royal Mougins Golf Club was designed by world-famous American architect, Robert von Hagge. One of the most well known golf courses in the south of France, the par 71, 18-hole course extends for 6,004 m through a lush, wooded vale. The course is located in the Mougins area, just 10 minutes from Cannes and in the heart of a Provençal forest. The surrounding countryside is very peaceful and the course follows the lay of the land really well, making it both original and challenging to play.

8. Golf de Barbaroux

Designed by legendary golf course architects Pete Dye and PB Dye, Golf de Barbaroux offers you a modern golf course built in a true American style. Tremendous greens (the biggest is 69 meters long: the biggest in Europe), massive bunker complexes, and gorgeous lakes make this course an challenging and unforgettable experience. Pines and oaks surround the course and the nearby hotel has everything you need to relax after your round.
Our blogs take information from real golfers experience’s all over Europe, and beyond to give you some (hopefully) helpful insights for your future golfing experiences. Feel free to contact us if you have ideas. Also check out some of our other blogs on golfing hotspots around the globe. Happy Golfing!
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