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Top 10 car-free GolfPlanet Holidays

Top 10 car-free GolfPlanet Holidays

New Year, new rules

New Year, new rules

Rediscover Le Touquet

Rediscover Le Touquet

Nearly 100 years after Le Touquet became a favoured destination for the sophisticated British traveller, it remains as popular as ever, especially for golfers.
From the young Princess Elizabeth to witty author and dedicated golfer, PG Wodehouse, Le Touquet was the place to be seen in the roaring Twenties and Thirties. Away from the beach or the casino, the model for Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, golfers enjoyed a round on the Le Touquet La Foret course, which has been open since 1904.

During this glamorous period in the resort’s history, the time had come to add another golf course to the seaside town. Who better to design it, than the golf course architect of the moment, Harry Shapland Colt who lived up to his reputation, creating the outstanding Le Touquet La Mer links.

The links had an early VIP visitor, with the then Prince of Wales secretly playing the course for a few days before it opened in 1931.
Over the ensuing decades the course layout gradually altered. Now, after the discovery of aerial photography from the 1930s, golf architects and leading course restorers, Patrice Boissonnas and Frank Pont have returned the course to what closely resembles Colt’s original design and it’s as brilliant as ever.

Their research led them to uncovering four lost holes, the 13th to the 16th . Boissonnas said: “It is like finding treasure in a treasure hunt. We were able to restore Colt’s original dogleg right par-5 15th, described by his design rival Tom Simpson as one of the best he’d ever seen. Returning the 16th to its original setting has also allowed us to reinstate a spectacular downhill par 3.”
The course has deservedly won a place in France’s Top 10 and is now listed in continental Europe’s Top 40.
A new contemporary clubhouse is at the heart of the golf resort and the welcoming Le Manoir hotel has been given a new look while retaining its famous welcoming and comfortable atmosphere.

Whether you have played Le Touquet before, or you want to see what all the fuss is about for yourself, you’ll appreciate the endeavour and passion that have taken this resort to a whole new level.

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Keep your golf game warm this winter

Keep your golf game warm this winter

Here are our top tips for enjoyable winter golf.
1. Take advantage of local rules in winter
• Preferred lies. Keep an eye out for when it starts. Each club decides how far the player is allowed to prefer the lie. Make sure you check it out before beginning your round.
• Embedded ball. Check if relief extends to the rough.
• Cleaning your ball. All balls have to be marked before being lifted and replaced in the exact same spot.
• Casual water. You get free relief if water is visible under your feet or the ball when you make your normal stance. If it is, then you are allowed to drop the ball within one club length of your nearest point of relief.
2. Head to the range It’s no fun standing on a chilly practice ground in the winter, so head to a covered range instead. Motivate yourself by paying in advance, which can often mean you benefit from a discount every time you go. If you prefer, find your nearest indoor simulator, where you can ‘play’ some of the best courses in the world and keep warm.
3. Play with a coloured ball No one wants to waste time in the winter hunting for balls either under leaves or covered in frost. A softer ball is often easier too.
4. Use alternate balls When it gets very cold change balls on alternate holes, keeping the other ball in your pocket to keep it as warm as possible.
5. Wear multi-layers and a good winter hat You can lose more than half your body heat through your head. Don’t wear too much though as it will impact on your swing and you will soon warm up walking round the course.
6. Keep an eye on your ball. Follow your ball from the moment you hit it until just before it reaches the heart of the sun. Then turn your attention to the spot where you think it will land; you’ll soon see it.
7. Remain positive Remember how lucky you are to be outside with your friends on a crisp winter day.
8. Book yourself a winter golf holiday You don’t have to travel too far to find good weather and higher temperatures in the winter months, or enjoy a long haul golf trip and watch those winter golf blues magically disappear.

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Top 10 car-free GolfPlanet Holidays

Top 10 car-free GolfPlanet Holidays

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New Year, new rules

New Year, new rules

Rediscover Le Touquet

Rediscover Le Touquet

Keep your golf game warm this winter

Keep your golf game warm this winter