France has more courses than any other mainland European country. In fact, there are just under 600 courses if you include the 9-hole layouts. We’ve played nearly all of them and every one that we offer to our clients. We’ve left out the courses that didn’t come up to scratch but we’ve got our eyes and ears open for any new courses and redesigns and we also keep a note on courses that might lower their standards. In short, we offer courses that are worth your time and money whether you’re looking for a holiday knockabout or to test your skills on some of the finest designs in the golfing world.
Golf in France started in the 19th-century with clubs like Pau and Dinan being built by British Army Officers. Exclusive courses around Paris followed in the early 1900’s and then several resort courses were built in the 1920’s and 1930’s to attract visiting golfers with many of them having homes to buy sitting alongside the fairways. WWII put paid to golf construction until the 1960’s when growing towns and cities and a reviving economy provided a real market for upscale leisure activities. And then the government-backed golfing boom in the 1980’s saw France delve into golf with passion with big name architects like Nicklaus, Dye, Trent Jones and von Hagge creating some fabulous, no-expense courses. Since then, there’s been a steady flow of new openings but, more interesting, established courses are investing in serious redesigns and upgrading their faciliites: Les Aisses, where Martin Hawtree has turned a pleasant track into one of France’s very best. is arguably the best example. Today there are about 300,000 registered golfers in France and an impressive amount of French golfers on both the mens and ladies professional circuits. With 600 courses and only 300,000 golfers, there’s plenty of space to spare and France offers high-quality, affordable golf without the over-crowded fairways of other holiday destinations.
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