With airlines slapping costly charges for luggage and golf bags onto the price of a flight it is becoming increasingly difficult to be able to take your own golf clubs on a golf break. Often hiring clubs can be expensive and of course taxis and rental cars don’t come cheap. Eurotunnel golf breaks eliminate these problems and provide golfers with the perfect opportunity to get away with everything they could possibly need on a European golf holiday; including their beloved golf clubs!
With its own motorway junction (11a M20), access to the Passenger Terminal could not be more convenient. With a crossing time of just 35 minutes you will be on the shores of France before you know it and can then enjoy the freedom that your own car will provide you with. Simply drive off the shuttle and start your golfing adventure then and there!
Just 45 minutes from Calais, the town of Le Touquet is the most easily accessible destination for your golf tour of Northern France. It is also home to some of the very best French golf courses, fantastic restaurants and a buzzing nightlife. With so many top golf courses and local attractions within easy reach of Calais, Le Touquet is the perfect destination for your Eurotunnel golf break.
With this in mind, here is Your Golf Travel’s guide to top courses and hotels for your golf holiday with Eurotunnel, Your Golf Travel.com’s preferred short sea crossing provider.
Golf d’Hardelot recently celebrated its centenary and is an established part of France’s golfing elite.
The flagship course at Hardelot is the Les Pins Course. Le Pins has been carved through the mature pine forest that surrounds the club and has played host to many professional events. Measuring 6,480 yards, the course is not long, but the greens are tricky and a tight short game will be needed to tame this established championship layout. The required course management makes for a fun and interesting round of golf.
The Les Dunes course is Hardelot’s second course and is not to be sniffed at. Since its inception in 1990 it has become a welcome addition to the region’s rich golfing portfolio. Les Dunes has a different feel to it than Les Pins and this diversity makes Golf d’Hardelot all the more appealing. The condition of the two courses at Hardelot is always impressive and the setting is secluded and extremely attractive.
Golf d’Arras is an established name in French golf and its Championship course has a phenomenal reputation not just in France, but internationally as well. Testament to the quality of the Championship course is the fact that it has hosted the French Open on the Ladies European Tour since 2000. The Championship course is an extremely enjoyable test of golf and it is viewed as 18 holes that are defined by two distinctive 9 hole loops. The front nine takes you on a tour of the marshland around the lakes and the back nine sees you climb into the higher hillside land. At 6,738 yards this course is a great test of accuracy and course management.
Arras’ second course is called Les Aubépines, and is a short nine hole layout, ideal for a quick twighlight round or an early morning loosener before tackling the Championship course in the afternoon. The golfing complex also includes a dedicated short game area and a comprehensive driving range.
Set on the banks of the River Aa, the golf club at Saint-Omer is among the most famous in France. It boasts a tremendous championship course called the Le Val Course, and an additional short academy course called the Haute Dreve. There is something for every golfer at this outstanding destination and conveniently, it is situated just an hour from Calais.
Le Val is a sumptuous par 73 layout that stretches to 6,800 yards. The course is widely renowned for its immaculate condition and unsurprisingly has played host to the French PGA Championship. The undulating fairways and the mature woodland that borders the fairways make for an interesting and testing round of golf.
Haute Dreve is a nice little nine hole track that provides the perfect place for less experienced players to improve their skills or for the more talented players to warm up in preparation for the Le Val course.
Le Touquet is not only home to some outstanding golf but the accommodation on offer isn’t bad either. Here are three hotels that come highly recommended.
The historic construction that now houses the Hotel Hermitage was built under Napoleon III, but was tastefully converted in 2002 to offer luxurious accommodation. This hotel has a great reputation for its attentive and friendly service and its outstanding cuisine. The Jeroboam Dining Room has gained an impressive reputation in its relatively short existence.
The Mercure Grand Hotel is one of the more luxurious establishments in Le Touquet and offers guests slightly more in terms of services, facilities and amenities than others in the area. The Mercure Grand is close to the Accor Thalassa institute, where hotel guests can make use of a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, and solarium. For the golfers out there who like to help the aches and pains fade away after a round of golf, this hotel is perfect.
The Hotel Equinoxe is a more quaint option for those of you looking for something more intimate. This hotel is a family run establishment that prides itself on its outstanding, hearty breakfasts, which will provide golfers with fuel for a day on the fairways of the local golf clubs. With warm and friendly service awaiting you at this charming little hotel, Hotel Equinox is a simple but reliable Le Touquet establishment.
As far as nightlife goes Le Touquet has an awful lot to offer. The best and most popular bar in town for golfers is Le Globetrotter. With 11 beers on tap, live sport on TV and games including pool and darts, this is the perfect sports bar to carry on the on course competition and banter late into the night. Le Touquet is also home to another dozen or so bars and pubs meaning golfers will never be short of options.
Le Touquet’s gastronomic options are outstanding and golfers will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dinner time.
Perard claims to be the home of fish soup and its story begins in Germany occupied France. During the harsh time of rationing, Serge Perard travelled to a French fish market and bought fish heads that were being discarded. He boiled them in water and has since been perfecting his recipe. The restaurant can be spotted thanks to a large neon sign that highlights the owner’s confidence in his renowned soup recipe. It reads, “Do Not Buy Fish Soup From Perard’s Restaurant. All Of France Will Demand It.”
Traditional French cuisine can also be found at fantastic restaurants including Flavio’s and Le Taverne Royale where menus include slow-cooked pig trotters and foie gras au sauternes.
For French cuisine with a modern twist head to the family owned Café des Arts, where French tradition is given a unusual twist with Asian spicing.
Les 2 Moineaux is perfect for those looking for a romantic atmosphere and it serves imaginative and delicious food and amazingly intricate desserts.
Easily accessible via the Eurotunnel and home to prestigious golf courses, outstanding restaurants and a buzzing nightlife, Le Touquet is a must on your next golf break in France.
For information on other golf courses and hotels in Le Touquet and many other French golf tours please visit www.yourgolftravel.com or call 0800 043 6644.
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