This historic and wonderfully characterful Golf de Cabourg is nestled between the dunes and the woods on the Côte Fleurie near Caen, offering an authentic and very welcoming golf experience.
When you first set eyes on the unusual Normandy-style clubhouse, you know that this unique venue is going to proffer something a little bit different from the norm.
But don't let that deter you in any way, because the Golf de Cabourg experience is warm, personalised and highly entertaining. The course is relatively short by modern standards, at 6,100 yards, but it has a par of 68 and a design that has its quirks, so it requires a delicacy of touch to score well.
The course is over a century old, although it was rebuilt after being damaged by bombing during the Second World War. It was then extended in 1987, but it has retained the individual character that gives it so much charm and makes a day here so memorable.
Eight of the holes are true links, while the other ten run through marshland. There are four par-3s in the last five holes, and despite the course's modest overall length the 12th hole is a monster at 630 yards long. It's one of three par-5s over 550 yards. Another unusual feature is finishing with a par-3 - although at 212 yards it can prove to be a sting in the tail of your round.
Regardless of how you score, you're sure to enjoy yourself, and Jenny and the staff at Golf de Cabourg will welcome you on the terrace or at the bar so that you can mull over your round with friends and enjoy the hospitality and the fresh sea air. Beware that the restaurant is open only Monday through Friday.