French Golf Holidays

     

The Rhone Alps Golf Regions At A Glance

A hugely wealthy area during the medieval ages, the Rhone Alps and Haut Savoie boast many examples of its 13th-16th century glories with chateaux, churches and ancient towns.  The area is just as affluent now but less influential and the smart towns and cities are surrounded by yesteryear villages…And some good golf courses.   The Rhone Alps is where you breathe incredibly fresh air, take in the sights and eat very well…And the thinner air is quite interesting for golfers as the ball flies 10% further!  Although not far apart as the crow flies, the mountains make for dramatic but slow driving so we’ve grouped the courses together to help you plan properly and to allow plenty of time for all that exploring and eating. The Rhone Alps is hugely enjoyable and you’ll come back refreshed and content.  But make sure you speak to us so that we suggest which area is best for you as each “pocket” of the Alps is different in style and the quality of golf varies too.

 

Savoie

Meribel is the “place” to stay and has its own pretty golf course with Tignes being the furthest at about 20 miles and Les Arcs in between the two.  Sporty, mountain based, great fun and invigorating.
Tignes; this is the highest golf course in Europe so is only open from late June to early September.  Short but very tricky and pretty.

Meribel; hilly but stunning and there’s great food to be had after your game.

Arcs; another hilly golf course cut through the pine trees.   And why not – it all makes for a lovely setting and a great excuse for a golf holiday.

 

Haute Savoie

Three courses within a radius of 10 miles with Chamonix being the focal point for the best choice of hotels.  All very laid back and charming.

Chamonix; a super golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones and on a plateau near the town so it’s flat.  Classic forest golf open from the end of April to early October.

Mont d’Arbois; the oldest course in the Alps, Mont d’Arbois is a lovely 18 holer with a mix of simple and tougher holes.  Designed by Sir Henry Cotton, Mont d’Arbois is perfect for occasional or holiday golfers.

Flaine/Pierre Carre; the views are arguably the best with Mont Blanc dominating.  Very short but very sweet and hilly.  Leave your driver in the bag and concentrate on your mid and short irons.  Good fun.

 

Geneva

The famous financial town sits on Lac Leman on the coast of which lies the resort of Evian.   For stunning views and the choice of several sophisticated hotels and very easy access from Geneva Airport, this is the place to go.

Evian; host to the Ladies Fifth Major every September, this is the biggest course in the region and comes complete with the best practice facilities we’ve seen in Europe and two beautiful hotels.  A first-class golf resort suitable for budding golfers, wannabe stars and bon vivands.

Esery; mostly on a plateau but there are four hilly holes.  This is a clever course with a fine mix of water and tree hazards and a big clubhouse.  The playing team at Esery do well at national tournaments and it’s easy to see why.

Les Gets; take your camera and your A Game as this is technical golf course with, as usual, superb views.

 

Lake Annecy and Aix Les Bains

Stay in charming Aix Les Bains and play Lac d’Annecy and Aix or stay on the quite stylish Annecy and play all three courses.  A relatively flat area, both towns are elegant and sporty with some fine old hotels.

Giez; a relatively simple and classic layout, Giez is perfect for holiday golf.

Lac d’Annecy; small greens and well shaped fairways and subtle bunketing makes Lac d’Annecy one of the best courses in the Alps region.  A prestigious and old-fashioned club and one you should play

Aix les Bains; very flat and with the trees and big bunkers causing most of your « stress », take time to enjoy the delicious clubhouse lunch and marvel at the incredibly long “Fiat Trains” taking new cars to Paris.

 

Grenoble

With direct flights and three super courses, Grenoble is the area to choose if you’re after a top-quality golf weekend.  And its still got plenty of lovely views without, perhaps, some of the dramatic horizons you get in the higher regions of the Alps.  The other major plus of the Grenoble area is that it’s at low altitude so the courses are open pretty much most of the year (except for Correncon).

Bresson; the closest course to the old town of Grenoble, Bresson was designed by Trent Jones at his typical best: big fairways, big bunkers, big greens.  18 good holes.

Charmeil; a pretty layout with a great variety of design and challenges and a great-value hotel on site.

Correncon; arguably the best Alpine course to blend the views with a proper test of golf without being too hilly.

Alps Golf Holidays

One of the most popular destinations in France, and not just for the skiing!  Alps Golf Holidays in the valleys and in and around the cities of Geneva and Lyons, there’s some cracking golf to enjoy. Food in the Rhone-Alps is world-renowned and is as hearty and tasty as the fine local wines. Summer in the mountains or spring and autumn around the lakes and in the valleys: it’s France’s great pride and joy.

   
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Parties
•The party town of Lyons
•The bars and clubs of Grenoble and Evian

Explorers
•Mountain walking with lunch at a log cabin
•The Roman city of Lyons
•Vercors, the largest nature reserve in Europe

Foodies
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•We include a Recommended Restaurant list with your Holiday Information Pack.

Romantics
•A lake view room with balcony at the Royal Palace in Evian
•A dinner cruise on the lakes
•Dinner by the lake at the three-Michelin starred Marc Veyrat, Annecy

Families
•The fantastic Kids’ Clubs at the Royal Evian Resort – from 2 months to 18 years
•Ask us about our very special villas at Chamonix

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Train
•Folkestone – Calais (car)
•London/Kent – Paris – Lyons (foot passenger)

Ferry
•Dover – Calais/Dunkirk

Plane
•Several UK airports to Geneva, Lyons and Grenoble

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