Updated: Jun 12, 2018
A near week long trip to France to play golf is never going to be a hardship although I have to say on previous trips (Le Touquet & Cannes) I have found the wester mixed as well as the courses. The wine and food more than compensate though.
On this trip 8 of us were heading to Bordeaux initially staying at Chateux Grand Barrail close to St Emilion, playing Golf Du Medoc and then heading to Biarritz, staying at La Regina close to the centre of town and playing Moilets, Chiberta, Hossegor and Seignosse all within a reasonable driving distance (no more than an hour).
Again (in September) the weather was generally good temperature wise but we did a few showers blowing in from the Atlantic.
Here's a quick summary of the courses.
Golf Du Medoc (7/10) we played on a scoring hot day - really enjoyed the course, playable (light rough) but tough greens and even off he forward tees quite a challenge length wise for our mixed ability group.
Moilets (6/10) - interesting mix of holes some great, but then a few squeezed into the space. A good holiday course if you are in the area but don't expect a championship style venue
Chiberta (6/10) - part links, close to beach and part parkland, definitely a resort feel - we played it on a windy day which definitely took its toll on scoring but overall a very enjoyable day.
Hossegor (8/10) - a pretty wet day but the most enjoyable experience. A real "club" feel and a great welcoming clubhouse. Almost felt like a mini Villamoura Old Course or Harbor Town with the pine trees and small greens. Highly recommended.
Seignosse (8/10) - OK so the bad first, no Par 6 is ever acceptable on a golf course, I am a traditionalist but drive, 3 wood, 3 wood, 6 iron is no fun whatsoever. That said the course was in good condition and had a championship feel about it. The clubhouse was also good, with excellent food and service, probably the best overall experience of the week - worth a visit.
Golf Course Details
Golf du Medoc
We played 6292 yards (yellow)
Golf World European Ranking No 57
A heathland course (opened in 1989) with heather, gorse and broom. Only 2 par 5s; both par 3s on the front 9 are very intimidating as tee shots must carry all the way to the greens perched on the edge of rather large lakes! The closing holes are a stern test of golf.
We played 6410 yards (white)
Golf World European Ranking No 97
Robert Trent Jones designed this, relatively flat, course which opened in 1989. Most of the holes are routed through an inland pine forest with a handful of the closing holes played along the coast. Several holes have long walks between green and the next tee. The course was built to satisfy President Mitterrand who wanted to enjoy a decent course on his frequent trips back home from Paris.
We played 6212 yards (white)
Golf World European Ranking No 52
A links course (opened in 1927) which has a mixture of seaside and tree-lined holes. It has slick greens that appear relatively flat but, be warned, they do contain an array of deceptive slopes.
We played 6275 yards (1 tee available each day)
Golf World European Ranking No 90
Flat heathland course with sandy sub-soil that winds its way across the heather and though avenues of oak and cork trees in a large pine forest. Originally designed in 1930, the course was re-modelled in recent years by Cabell B Robinson, a former employee of Robert Trent Jones.
We played 6100 yards (yellow)
Golf World European Ranking No 28
Close to the Basque region and only a couple of kilometres from the Bay of Biscay lies one of France’s most beautiful and challenging courses. It was designed by Robert Von Hagge who was also responsible for Royal Mougins. Many of the hilly, tree-lined fairways are very narrow and wickedly dog-legged. The course ends with a par 5 which has a double dog-leg uphill, with a fiercely sloping green. Seemingly, it should be a par 6!
Les Belles Perdrix de Troplong Mondot
Bar du Marche
Le Clos Basque
Picture (Moilets - 6th hole)