Fast becoming one of the most popular sports in the world, golf is also starting to shed its image as a sport exclusively for the rich and famous. France offers some of the most diverse and beautiful courses in the world, combining the great outdoors with a passion for this newly accessible sport.
With so many people choosing to dedicate their weekends away to the sport, we've selected for you a range of courses across France that will satisfy the keenest of golfers, as well as any partners not wanting to spend their entire weekend on the greens.
Right on the Côte d'Opale, in the north of France, Le Touquet Golf Course offers both sea and forest landscapes to enjoy as your play your round. Its great links holes are ranked within the top 100 in Europe, making for challenging play all the way round.
In Brittany, the Saint-Malo Golf Course is steeped in history and offers golfers the chance to play on the old hunting grounds of one of Saint-Malo's numerous country estates. The estates were built by wealthy ship-owners during the 18th and 19th centuries and this particular park now provides a beautiful course, complete with a 17th century abbey and the estate's grand house visible from the fairways.
Château des Vigiers Golf Course is located right in the centre of Périgord Pourpre, in the Dordogne. Surrounded by plum orchards, forests, lakes and vineyards, this course provides one of the most picturesque of all France's course. The clubhouse itself is an ancient converted winery and the region offers a whole host of castles and vineyards to visit once you've had your fill of the course.
Situated between Bordeaux and Biarritz, Moliets Golf Course is one of the top 25 courses in Europe. Play amongst the pines before breaking out of the trees onto the coast, with spectacular sea views from four of the 18 holes.
If you fancy Provence, Barbaroux Golf Course offers another of the most prestigious in Europe. The course has 87 acres of beautiful Mediterranean landscapes and forests, as well as a hotel situated in the grounds.
Wine lovers have an easy decision on their hands, with Ammerschwihr Golf Course in Alsace giving you a chance to indulge both passions simultaneously on the Route des Vins d'Alsace. Play between vineyards, forests and mountains for a really challenging round in an exceptionally picturesque setting, before heading off for a tour of some of France's most prestigious vineyards.Spa weekend