The entire coast of the Mediterranean and beyond is abundant with the most magnificent and prestigious golf courses. And, in the immediate area around Parc du Cap, there are more than 30 accessible courses. Moreover, these are considered some of the best in the world – so golfing fanatics certainly won’t be disappointed. The Côte d’Azur is an ideal destination for any golfer – whether an amateur or more experienced. In this blog, golfing enthusiast, Laetitia Gardere, Caudwell International Sales Consultant, shares her top tips for golfing in Provence.
Tell us about your golfing background
I have been playing gold for several years and I love it! It is a fantastic social sport, so I often play with friends. After a day in the sunshine, we make the most of the beautiful club restaurants with spectacular vistas across Provence. And sometimes we even treat ourselves to an after-game relaxation in one of the club spas! In addition, we enjoy attending the many tournaments and events that take place throughout the year in the region. In fact, every golf club hosts their own tournaments which are recognised under the Ligue Golf Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA).
Golfing all year round
Thanks to an exceptional amount of sunshine, it is possible to play golf all year round in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. From green to fairway, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Alps, passing through perched villages and lavender fields. All these unique landscapes seamlessly blend into one another, offering an ideal setting for golf. Most importantly, you can expect to discover peaceful and of course, perfectly manicured courses. Further, surrounded by glorious Mediterranean scenery, flora and fauna.
A golfers paradise
There are numerous golf courses within a short distance from Parc du Cap – for amateur and seasoned golfers alike. Therefore, you can enjoy a fabulous full day or indulge in a short break at several of the golf clubs. To clarify, several have their own sensational restaurants and some even have serene spas. So, pre or post session, you are ensured relaxation and pampering after a long day on your feet! For instance, here are a handful of some of my favourite spots to play:
Golf de la Grande Bastide is in Châteauneuf de Grasse, neighbouring the perfume capital of the world, Grasse! The club is perfectly integrated into its environment, with superb panoramic views over Grasse, Opio and Châteauneuf de Grasse. Playing here is a true delight. And, the architecture of the course is resolutely contemporary. In fact, it was designed by Cabell Robinson, former collaborator of American golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr. From here, drive just 5.5km west to play your next session at Opio Valbonne Golf Resort.
This is one of the most historic golf courses of the South of France. In fact, the resort’s 4-star hotel, Château de la Bégude, dates back to the 17th century. It is considered a jewel in the French Riviera and attracts international sporting enthusiasts. Nestled in a stunning 220-hectare estate, the resort hosts an 18-hole course and combines charm, authenticity and relaxation. It offers exceptional quality of play thanks to the undulating and shady backgrounds at the feet of hundred-year-old trees. There is even a Gallo-Roman aqueduct! Further, the brasserie, La Bégude, and its swimming pool, fully complete this resort.
The Royal Mougins Golf Resort is renowned in the Côte d’Azur, the Alpes-Maritimes and in Europe. It offers an 18-hole championship course of 6004 m par 71. The resort is particularly special as it is positioned in an enchanting natural environment. That is to say, it can be found amid a wooded valley and surrounded by rivers, natural terraces, and reliefs. And, the 4-star hotel and restaurant are superb, as well as the tranquil spa, also located within the resort.
Similarly, Golf le Provençal is set against an extraordinary backdrop in the heart of Sophia Antipolis. In other words, golfers can enjoy a game with spectacular views of the Alps and hilly Provençal countryside. The 9-hole golf course also has its own restaurant, Le Club, appreciated by locals, golfers, and families alike. They also host great eventful entertainment throughout the year – for friends and family.
Your top tips for newcomers to the sport
Golf, like any sport, is one where practice makes perfect! In addition, I would highly recommend starting your golfing experience by having lessons. Several of the golf clubs in the region have coaches offering individual lessons for all ages and abilities. Above all, my suggestion would be – the younger you start training, the better. All golf clubs welcome and offer training and organise tournaments for juniors as well as other ages and levels.
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