Northern France is constantly on the rise as one Europe’s leading golf holiday destinations. The region boasts a number of Europe’s top ranked golf courses and with their proximity to Calais and the advent of the EuroTunnel getting their for UK golfers has never been easier. The proximity of these excellent courses to one another is also a major pull factor as with minimal transport time, players can really enjoy everything the region has to offer from its beautiful beaches to the lively nightlife of Le Touquet.
It is the golfing variety that makes this place so special as on top of the beautiful courses that hug the coast of Northern France, the region also has some incredible inland courses that are reminiscent of the likes of Wentworth.
Le Touquet, Le Mer
Of the 3 courses at Le Touquet, Le Mer is the club’s crowning glory and has played host the prestigious French Open on a number of occasions. Designed by Harry Colt, the course echoes some of the world’s most famous Scottish Links and without doubt is one of the leading golf courses in the whole of France. The course overlooks the dramatic dunes of the English Channel and when the wind picks up this 6,800 yard course can provide a stern test for even the lowest handicappers amongst us.
|Location:||Le Touquet, Northern France|
|Designed by:||Harry Colt|
Set inland from the coast, Saint Omer provides the region with golfing variety as it is carved through the towering woodland of the region. The tight fairways and undulating terrain place an emphasis on quality ball striking from both the tee and the fairway in order to score well. However, for those who enjoy a more social round of golf then Saint Omer is a great place for you too as its variety of tee boxes significantly alter the way in which the course plays making it accessible for all abilities.
|Designed by:||Dudock Van Heel|
Golf de Wimereux
Ranked inside the top 100 courses in Europe, Golf de Wimereux is also one of the oldest clubs in the region. Having been originally founded in 1901, the course suffered severe damage from the war and was refurbished by Campbell and Hutchinson. The traditional seaside layout of the courses means it provides golfers with stunning views out towards the English Channel and on a clear day of the white cliffs of Dover. The course may only measure 6,700 yards from the tips but the traditional and tactically placed links pot bunkers mean a trip to sand is almost certainly going to cost you a shot.
|Location:||Lytham St Annes, Lancashire|
|Designed by:||Campbell and Hutchinson|
Hardelot, Les Pins
Aptly named the Les Pins, it is easily one of the jewels in France’s golfing crown and is ranked firmly inside Europe’s top 100 courses. Winding its way through a mystical pine forest the course is reminiscent of Sunningdale and Wentworth.The course is by no means long but instead poses the challenge of accuracy as its tight fairways and quick greens allow very little room for error. Over the years, the course has played host to a number of prestigious professional tournaments and is a great place for golfers of all abilities to experience championship golf.
|Designed by:||Tom Simpson (most recent)|
Golf de Belle Dune
Spoken about in the same breath as some of the great links courses in the UK and Ireland, Golf de Belle Dune is a must play for any golfing fanatic. Set amongst the towering dunes of France’s northern coast, there aren’t many more dramatic settings to play golf in throughout the region. With coastal winds blowing across the course, the short length does not matter as normal club selection goes out the window and imagination is required. This is a home away from home for avid British links players, and is a pure golf course of the highest standard.
|Location:||Cote Picardie, Northern France|
|Designed by:||Jean Manuel Rossi|
Golf D’Arras is one of the regions most established golfing venues and has been firmly ranked inside the world’s top 100 for many years now. The immaculate condition of the course and incredible design make it a fantastic all round golfing experience with players having to play around the marshlands of the front nine and then cope with the elevation changes of the back nine. Measuring 6,738 yards, Arras demands patience and sound strategy above all else, and provides a stiff test of golf to players of all abilities.
|Designed by:||Harry Vardon|