La Mer Course
La Mer is Golf du Touquet's crowning glory, and has frequently hosted prestigious professional tournaments, including the French Open on numerous occasions. Opened in 1931, the course is distinctly reminiscent of a Scottish links, thanks to designer Harry Colt, who is beast known for his projects at Sunningdale, Wentworth and St. George's Hill. Measuring 6,862 yards, La Mer overlooks the wild dunes and the Channel coastline, and is without doubt one of France's most prestigious destinations.
“If you love links golf, you will absolutely love La Mer.
The course is in fantastic condition with some really beautiful holes framed by
the surrounding dunes. It’s more open than many of the other courses in
Northern France which will appeal to those who might spray it a bit off the
tee. The course is more exposed to the coast so wind is certainly a factor. Very
impressive – an absolute treat to play.” - Mark Crossfield, PGA Professional
Local tip: Take a climb up the stairs to the viewing
platform behind the tee on the 18th to enjoy spectacular views over
Designed by: Harry Colt
Opened for play: 1931
Previously hosted: French Open (6 times)
Awards: France's best course (TG Travel Awards, 2014)
Did you know? Le Toquet is often referred to as 'Paris by the Sea'.
Black: 6430 metres (7032 yards), SSS 74
White: 6259 metres (6845 yards), SSS 73.3
Yellow: 5809 metres, (6353 yards), SSS 71
Blue: 5330 metres, (5829 yards), SSS 74
Red: 4854 metres, (5308 yards), SSS 71.2
La Foret Course
La Foret is the oldest course at Golf du Touquet, having been inaugurated in 1904. In stark contrast to its rugged sister course, La Foret is carved through stunning pine woodland with some beautiful holes. At 6,365 yards, La Foret is not particularly long, but Horace Hutchinson's creation demands accuracy from the tee, especially in the summer when the fairways are hard and bouncy.
"La Foret is a lovely tree-lined course. I was really
pleasantly surprised. Much more parkland compared with the sibling La Mer,
which makes for quite an interesting contrast. Both courses are very fair and
make for a terrific test of golf." - Mark Crossfield, PGA Professional
Designed by: Horace Hutchinson
Opened for play: 1904
White: 5774 metres, (6315 yards), SSS 70.9
Yellow: 5482 metres, (5995 yards), SSS 69.3
Blue: 5015 metres, (5485 yards), SSS 72.3
Red: 4670 metres, SSS 70.1
Le Manoir Course
Golf du Touquet's third course is Le Manoir, and although it is only nine holes, it is no pitch and putt. The par-35 track demands every weapon in the arsenal, and is perfect not only for beginners, but also the more seasoned golfer.
Designed by: H.J. Baker
Opened for play: 1910
Yellow: 2634 metres (2881 yards), SSS 68.8
Red: 2320 metres (2537 yards), SSS 70.3
Signature hole-No. 12 (La Mer):
Par 4, 367 metres (SI 7
The signature hole at La Mer is a great example of the Links golf on offer at Le Toquet. From the tee, the hole plays to a narrow fairway, and with dunes either side, it is important to make sure the drive is in play. However, like many holes on La Mer, a strong wind coming from the coast on the left hand side makes this a particularly challenging task. The approach shot continues in typical links fashion and is played from an undulated fairway, onto a green with a large run off. This makes it particularly important to be precise with the shot, as 2 inches could be the difference between a good shot, and one which rolls 20 yards off the green. A fantastic golf hole featuring all the best traits of links golf!
Golf du Touquet has a dedicated short game practice area and a 20-bay driving range with both grass and artificial grass, while local caddies are also available on request.
Championship Standard Course