Golf & Tuition
It’s never too late to start playing golf. I started young and my son started even younger but it’s a game for life and we have plenty of friends and clients who start after they’ve retired from work. At the beginning, golf requires dedication and practice to build up your confidence, muscle memory and knowledge. After that initial period of highs when you hit that first good shot and lows when you can’t seem to hit the ball straight, your game will continue to improve as long as you continue to work on your game. Working on your golf game can be anything from putting on your bedroom carpet, improving your flexibility or heading down to the range even through the winter months. Golf is a game for every season but there’s nothing nicer than escaping to warmer climes whilst It’s cold and wet back home and golf is a great excuse to travel. It’s also brilliant low-impact aerobic exercise and the walk keeps you in good shape. For seniors, it’s arguably the best sport there is and it’s also a wonderfully social sport with genuine camaraderie and a touch of competitiveness.
PGA Golf Professionals have to pass many tests over the course of many months and it’s in their interest to make you love the game. They’ll introduce you to the basics of the swing and guide you through the equipment, the rules and etiquette of the game and then help you at each stage of your improvement. Every golf club will have a Pro and the increasingly-good practice ranges also have on-site PGA Pro’s.
But what about combining a holiday with learning to play or improving your game? Golf is perfect and France is just about the ideal place to start as there’s plenty to see and do when you’re not practising. We’d recommend a couple of hours private tuition each day or, to add to the fun and keep the cost down, join a Group Tuition Programme which generally lasts five days with training in the morning, lunch and then a touch more practice or strategy in the afternoon. France has an enviable track record in nurturing and sponsoring talent and there are many superb golf academies throughout the country. Here’s a list of our favourites in each region.
Le Touquet – a decent practice ground and six-hole training course as well as two 18-hole courses and famous on-site hotel.
Omaha Beach – a very good set-up with hotel and two 18-hole courses as well as superb scenery and WWII museums.
La Baule – a comprehensive training facility with practice course, two 18-hole courses and great clubhouse as well as several excellent hotels nearby.
Medoc – two award-winning courses, a contemporary hotel and ultra-modern golf academy.
Philippe Mendiburu – Philippe is a legend among golf teachers in Europe and his own daughter is a leading player on the European Ladies Tour. Your facilities and setting have led the way for many years.
Saint Cyprien – training course, 27 holes, hotel and year-round warm weather.
Terre Blanche – expensive but worth it, the Leadbetter Golf Academy features state-of-the-art facilities and attracts several European Tour Players when their game is in need of a check-up.
Royal Resort Evian – with the best practice facilities we’ve seen anywhere in Europe, Royal Resort Evian also comes with two beautiful hotels and even a Dormy House overlooking the academy.
Mont Griffon – a huge American-type facility with 27 holes waiting to test your skills.
Of course, we also know the golf clubs where the Pro’s are excellent teaches and a great choice of private tuition so let us know where you fancy holidaying in France, if you’re travelling alone or as a couple or larger group and what your golfing goals are and we’ll come up with the best plan for you.back
This entry was posted in Morgan’s Holiday Tips on May 18, 2017