There are so many choices to make when travelling for a golf holiday and making a decision really only boils down to what you want from your holiday…
Short, hassle free journeys?
Excellent food, wine and après golf activities?
Well, if your answers to all of the above are yes, the perfect destination might just be a lot closer than you’d think. Simply hop on the Eurotunnel and explore the vast golfing opportunities in Northern France and beyond. With no concerns of fitting all of your golfing gear into your travel bag – think clothes, waterproofs, shoes, balls etc etc – you’ll have more time to focus on the important things such as choosing between red or white wine at the duty free. The Eurotunnel is clearly the only way to go!
With a British design duo behind the course and a fantastic seaside location; Golf de Wimereux holds its own with the age old links courses found throughout the UK & Ireland.
For those wondering what travelling on the Eurotunnel is like, it can be summed up as straight forward. Without doubt it’s the quickest way to travel from within the UK to play a golf course in Continental Europe. With regular departure times from Folkestone, a seamless check in process (30 minutes prior to departure time) it is the obvious choice when travelling to France, or Belgium for that matter, for a bit of golf.
Once you’ve reached Calais (after just 35 mins) the process can’t get much easier. The motorway to the likes of Le Touquet or Hardelot is just a matter of minutes. Once you have gotten going, there are plenty of golf courses within easy driving distance.
I’ve embarked on this trip a few times over the last few years. Le Touquet and Hardelot are both top class destinations for a golf holiday in France which I have played many times. On one of my favourite trips though, I made a beeline towards Golf de Wimereux. After a speedy journey southbound down the motorway, the English Channel came into view. We knew we were getting close and the golfing juices started to flow.
As well as views of the English Channel, Golf de Wimereux boasts many vantage points from which to enjoy views of the tranquil French countryside.
Wimereux was founded in 1901 but it was not until after the Great War that British architects Campbell and Hutchinson revived the course. The fact that the designers were British is quite evident throughout the course. Much of it resembles some of the classic links courses found throughout England and the rest of the UK.
The course is fast and firm and the greens were excellent considering the time of year. Pot bunkers keep you in check with approach shots and the rough is exactly that: rough! Accuracy and good course management are key here but if they are employed well, any golfer can enjoy this course.
Stand out holes include the par 3 2nd and the short par 4 11th both offering truly spectacular views across the Channel to the White Cliffs of Dover. No matter how you are playing, Wimereux is a peaceful place to be and certainly a course to add to the list.
Here’s a #Throwback to that the trip
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