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For golfers, there’s perhaps no better way to experience a new locale than to hit the links. In the fresh air, playing a familiar game on an unfamiliar course, you’ll get your bearings, and learn about the place you’re visiting in an intimate and fun way.
This year, we recommend that you golf France. Golf holidays in France are soaring in popularity, and the 7 amazing northern France golf courses included on this round-trip driving itinerary are some of the best. Touch down at Charles de Gaulle Airport, pick up your Paris car rental, and take in the French countryside as you explore the beautiful golf courses in northern France – a region which is earning a reputation as a golf lover’s paradise and which is a hotspot for France golf holidays! Before you take off for your next golf holiday, be sure to read this guide on how to pack your clubs safely for air travel to ensure they arrive unharmed.
This “Drive to Discover” France golf course tour will take you to 7 stunning golf courses in Northwestern France, allowing you to take in numerous historic sites like the beaches of Normandy along the way.
Looking for other things to do in France? Check out our other Drive to Discover guides where we explore the best road trips in France including a Bordeaux Wine Tour, a Guide to the South of France, and a History Tour.
1. Novotel Saint Quentin Golf National
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Upon your arrival in Paris, rent a car at Charles de Gaulle Airport and drive to the Hotel at Novotel Saint Quentin Golf National. Here you can cultivate a true Ryder Cup Experience in France with a-one-of-a-kind golf holiday. You will see firsthand what Team USA and Team Europe will face in 2018!
Le Golf National has been the well-established home to the French Open for the past 26 years, 2017 marking a significant milestone as the event becomes part of the Rolex Series and boasts a new sponsor – the HNA Group. Recently awarded 2017 Best French Course by the readers of Today’s Golfer UK Magazine for the 3rd consecutive year and consistently ranked in the World’s Top 100 Courses and Europe’s Top 20 by Golf World (UK) Magazine, the venue offers 3 golf courses for a total of 45 holes, with the world-renowned Albatros course set to host the 2018 Ryder Cup.
To make the most of your stay, Le Golf National offers a number of onsite facilities including 2 driving ranges and the 4-star hotel Novotel Saint Quentin. The property offers 131 rooms, 2 restaurants, a heated swimming pool, 2 tennis courts and a brand-new Spa where you can relax after your round. Novotel Saint Quentin hotel will be fully renovated in September 2017.
Located just 10km from the famous Palace of Versailles and 25 km away from the Eiffel Tower, you can combine a memorable golf experience with the fantastic sights of Paris – the most emblematic and romantic city in the world. Come and share the best in French Art de Vivre with us!
Next stop: 2 hours & 2 minutes
2. Barriere de Deauville (Rouge & Blanc)
Dramatic greens and wide fairways await you at the beautiful Barriere de Deauville. When you play the courses in Deauville you’ll enjoy both sea and countryside views. Barriere Golf Deauville offers a range of difficulties, meaning that golfers of any handicap will find it a pleasant course to play, and while you’re in town you should also play Barriere Golf Saint-Julien in the romantic Touques Valley, a beautiful course which tricks you with easy holes early on … the most challenging shots await you on the trip back to the clubhouse!
Next stop: 1 hour & 14 minutes
3. Golf d’Omaha Beach
If you love history as much as you love golf, than the Omaha Beach Golf Club is a must for any trip to France. Two courses await you in this historic locale – each offers 18 holes with vistas alternating between pastoral and seaside. La Mer overlooks the quaint Port en Bessin fishing village, and treats golfers to unforgettable views of the sea, and Le Manoir lies inland, offering hills, woods, and a quintessential Normandy environment complete with hedgerows, fruit trees, and hillsides of wildflowers during the spring months.
Next stop: 1 hour & 32 minutes
With fairways dating back to 1912, Golf de Granville features fairways nestled between the Breville dunes on France’s Atlantic coast in Normandy. This classic links layout is strikingly beautiful and played host to the French Mid-Amateur Championships in 2008. If your time is limited and you can’t play the full 18-hole links course, Bord de Mer is a short 9-hole course which is quite fun.
Next stop: 1 hour & 18 minutes
5. Dinard Golf Course
Located just west of St. Malo (where the Pulitzer-Winning All the Light We Cannot See is set), the Dinard Golf Course is located in Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, is a historic, coastal course which was first completed in 1887 when its prior residents (sheep), were demoted to less scenic pastures. This is a truly one-of-a-kind coastal golf course, which we insist you include on your Northern France Golf Course Tour.
Next stop: 49 minutes
Our tour of France’s coastal golf courses continues with Pleneuf-Val-Andre … a stunning course which offers rolling wooded holes, and others which take you along the historic Atlantic coastline. Strong winds will make this course formidable for even the most accomplished golfers, as its 6,052 meter course runs (for the most part) parallel to the beach.
Next stop: 2 hours & 33 minutes
7. Sable Solesmes (La Foret & La Riviere)
While the return drive to Paris is long, we suggest you break up the return trip with a detour south to the storied Sable Solesmes Golf Club. This inland golf course is nestled in the Sarthe Valley, and will offer you a much different feel from the coastal courses you’ve just played. 27 holes of advanced golf await you at Sable-Solesmes, and there’s also a 9-hole practice course (though at this point in the trip, your swing is probably perfect!). This course offers perfection at every turn. We love the juxtaposition of the serene natural beauty and layout of the fairways and greens with the technical challenges offered here. It’s the perfect course to end on and will leave you with a favorable, lasting impression of golf in France.
Next stop back to Charles de Gaulle Airport: 3 hours & 16 minutes
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After turning in your scorecard at Sable Solesmes, make the return trip to Paris where you can drop off your France car rental at Charles de Gaulle before relaxing on your flight home.
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If walking the land is the best way to get to know a new place, then these stunning golf courses in northern France, will offer you a proper introduction. And if you’re inspired to extend your France golf course tour, more amazing courses are only a short drive away! When you’re ready to plan your France golf tour, call Auto Europe toll-free at 1-888-223-5555 or book your car online. We look forward to making your upcoming adventure as smooth and memorable as possible!
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