New Aquitaine, with its 12 departments, is the French region that offers the most courses, in front of the Île-de-France and Auvergne-Rhône Alpes, with its 95 golf courses including 22 on the Landes and Pyrénées Atlantiques.
It is also in Pau that goes back the history of golf in France with the creation of the first 18-hole French course in 1856, but also European, under the influence of English soldiers established in the region after having fought the army Napoleonic with their Spanish and Portuguese allies in 1814. It will be necessary to wait until 1888 to see appearing the second course, located in Biarritz, the golf of the Lighthouse, again on the initiative of the English coming regularly in resort in the seaside resort like Queen Victoria and all the British aristocracy. It is today the third oldest golf course in Europe. Until 1930, 6 other courses will be created on the Basque Coast, including 3 in Saint-Jean-de-Luz and one in the Landes, the prestigious golf Hossegor.
The region is home to legendary courses, drawn by great British, American, French or Spanish names. Their particularity is to blend in a natural setting, what delight all golfers from the beginner to the most demanding.
Golfs in the Landes
Their international fame rests as much on their exceptional landscapes and their sandy soil as on their technical qualities. During your stay at the Green Resort, you can discover their diversity and choose the one that best suits your level.
Created at the time when Hossegor was renowned as a city dedicated to elegant sports, it was designed by Arnaud Massy and John Morrison in 1927 in the middle of a pine forest, cork oaks and arbutus trees. shelter from the winds. In addition to the 18-hole course of 6006 meters modernized in 2003, it has a large practice including 30 covered positions. He saw the birth of great champions, including Jean Van de Velde. It has been rated as one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses by the Rolex Book.
Par 71 of 6006 meters – Average price: 70 € – Difficult course, but accessible to all.
Blue Green Golf was established in 1989 and is recognized by the best players as a true jewel. It has also been voted best golf in France by English operators and ranks 15th at the European level. At the heart of a nature whose wild side has been respected, it offers an 18-hole course accessible to all through its century-old pines and its magnificent cork oaks that stand in cathedral. He is one of the rare to propose a par 6 (hole n ° 18) long of 666 meters.
Par 73 of 6129 meters – Average price: 70 € –
The Golf de Pinsolle is a 9 hole course located in a beautiful setting between pine and ocean, especially for beginners by its variety despite the technicality of a few holes. It has a large training area with practice on water, 3 putting green including one with bunker exit.
Par 36 de 2305 meters – Average price from 30 to 40 € – Beginners to confirmed.
The Golf de Moliets was created in 1989 by Robert Trent Jones on an area of 85 hectares. It offers two courses: between forest and ocean, an 18 holes, some of which are located on the dune and reserving a magnificent viewpoint, extremely varied and a 9 holes drawn on an airial, more wooded and airy. Recognized as a winter training center by the Golf Federation, it is also the annual venue for competitions for compulsory qualification cards to integrate professional circuits.
Par 72 de 6286 meters – Price: 79 € – Level confirmed
Par 31 of 1855 meters – Price: 39 € – All public.
Going up to the north of the Landes, above the Adour towards Bordeaux, you will find the golf courses of Biscarrosse and Mimizan.
The Biscarrosse golf course offers 2 courses: an 18-hole sports course between forest and ocean with hilly terrain and a 9-hole, less sporty but very technical, in a green setting in the heart of the Landes forest.
Par 71 by 5674 meters – Price: 53 € –
Par 32 of 2172 meters – Price: 37 € –
The Mimizan golf course: 9-hole course in an exceptional environment where part of the course located on the side of the dunes offers landscapes and infinite colors. Accessible to all, it will delight most confirmed by the many obstacles that require a certain technicality.
Par 9 of 2835 meters – Price: 31 € –
Inland, the Saint-Avit golf course in Mont-de-Marsan is a technical and varied course of 18 holes, designed by the great French golfer Jean Garaialde. Hagetmau has 9 compact holes at a bargain price (10 €). The Greens Tursan and its 12-hole course is located close to Eugenie-les-Bains and the famous 3-star gourmet restaurant Michel Guerard. They have the distinction of having a plantation of 1200 vines in the heart of the Tursan.
Golf in the Basque Country
The first local golf courses were established in the Basque Country at the end of the 19th century, first at Biarritz and then at Saint-Jean-de-Luz on the Sainte-Barbe hill. If it disappeared during the Second World War, like Hendaye created in 1907, there are no less than 7 courses and a training center within a radius of twenty kilometers around Biarritz.
Set up in the heart of Biarritz on the Plateau du Phare in 1887 by some Britons in need of their favorite sport. Originally, it consisted of an 18-hole and a 9-hole specially reserved for ladies that no longer exists today. This magnificent course, which stretches over a superb area of 34 hectares with breathtaking views of the ocean, remains technical with its 70 bunkers and despite its easy appearance.
Par 69 de 5402 meters – Average price: 78 € –
9-hole course, it was created for the centenary of the Golf du Phare. It is first and foremost a prestigious training center, unique in Europe, which welcomes both enlightened golfers who want to improve and novices to discover this sporting activity. Located on 2 levels facing the ocean along a sandy beach, it has a shuttle to move from one to the other.
Par 9 of 2176 meters – Price of the route: 38 €
18-hole course inaugurated in 1927, it is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the Basque Country, now world famous, shared between pine forest and seaside. It also has a 9-hole, the Empress course, quite short and technical, and intended both for the initiation and the improvement of good players.
Par 70 by 5647 meters – Price: 87 €
Par 29 of 1424 meters – Price: about 30 €
The Chantaco Golf Course, an 18-hole course, has a real history. It was created by René Thion de la Chaume in 1928 who had acquired 130 hectares of land to build a hotel complex and a golf course. His daughter Simone is the first French woman to win several international women’s tournaments from 1924 to 1927. In 1930, she married René Lacoste, one of the four famous musketeers to win the Davis Cup of Tennis in 1927. Their daughter Catherine will follow in her footsteps. mother by chaining the world titles and today it is their granddaughter Véronique who perpetuates this heredity as president of the club.
The Golf de la Nivelle, built on an old quarry, offers an 18-hole hilly course, open on beautiful landscapes varied on the ocean, the Pyrenees, the Nivelle, small river which borders the field, and the port of Saint Jean de Luz. Toponymy, between terrain and slope, is equally suitable for demanding golfers who want to improve their technique and less experienced golfers.
Par 70 by 5587 meters – Price: 72 €
In the lands
About ten kilometers south-east of Biarritz, the Arcangues Golf Course opened in 1990. This 18-hole course was designed on the property of the Arcangues brothers who surrounds the village and its castle and offers a panoramic view both on the ocean and on the Rhune massif on a hilly course.
Par 72 of 5758 meters – Price: 70 €
The Makila Golf Club, located 10 minutes from Biarritz and Bayonne, offers an 18-hole course accessible to all on a beautiful natural site that stretches between ponds, century-old trees with breathtaking views of the Rhune and the Pyrenees .
Par 72 of 6202 meters – Price: 69 €
Golf Epherra, about forty minutes from Biarritz and next to Espelette, is nestled in the heart of the Pyrenean valleys. This 18-hole course, divided into two 9-hole courses, is set in a rural environment where the charms of the countryside predominate and the joy of enjoying the fresh air.
Par 67 of 4674 meters – Price: 45 €