Are you a golfing enthusiast? Can’t bear the thought of leaving the clubs at home? Taking a Canvas holiday means that the clubs can come too! Put them in the back of the car and try out some of the loveliest golf courses in France.
We spoke to Margaret Farrow, Canvas Holidays biggest golf fanatic. Along with her husband, she’s played on many courses all over Europe. Here, she gives us the lowdown on some of her favourites.
“No matter which site you stay at with Canvas Holidays, you are always guaranteed to be within driving distance of some of the best golf courses. Green fees are very competitive compared to prices charged in the UK and if you go low season there is often no need to pre-book a midweek tee time as the courses tend to be quiet. So much so, sometimes it feels like you have the course completely to yourself! What a difference to golf in other countries where you often have to go out in a four ball with people you don’t know and be under constant time pressure.”
Domaine des Ormes
Part of the campsite, at Dol-de-Bretagne, this 18-hole course is set amidst the woods and parkland of the château grounds. When we go on a camping holiday, we usually play several courses in a 30 mile or so radius of the campsite. This wasn’t the case here! The onsite course is so good; there was really no need to go anywhere else. It was challenging, yet fun, and an easy walk back to our accommodation with the clubs after a round.
18 holes, par 72
Length: 5912 yards (5406 m)
Cost: 18 holes €59 – €66; 9 holes €35- €39
Facilities: Buggy, trolley & club hire; pro shop; restaurant; bar; lessons; driving range
Golf de Compiègne
We’d heard about Golf de Compiègne because it was the venue used when golf was included as a sport in the Olympic Games for the first time in 1900. It’s an easy drive from Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont, Berny Rivière. This is a quirky course – it is also a well-known horse racing circuit which makes for some interesting holes. You can play golf one day, and if you time your visit can enjoy a good day out at the races the next. The excellent clubhouse is perfect for a refreshing drink after your round!
18 holes, par 70
Length: 6070 yards (55 51 m)
Cost: 18 holes €40 – €55; 9 holes €30-€36
Stay at: Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont, Berny Rivière 15mls
Facilities: Putting green; buggy, trolley & club hire; lessons; club house; restaurant; pro shop
The Loire Valley
France’s Loire Valley is a popular golfing destination, and we had a fantastic holiday here a couple of years ago. Any of the campsites in the area make a good base for a golf holiday as within a 30 mile radius you will find some fantastic courses, all offering up their own unique challenges. Most are relatively flat which means buggies are not necessary, giving you the chance to enjoy the wildlife and birds you will encounter during your round. Here are a couple of my favourites:
Golf de Limère
Located just six miles south of Orléans, Golf de Limère is regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in France – and when you play a round here, you can see why. The holes are varied and do not run parallel to one another. You’ll find lots of ponds, rivers, bunkers and doglegs, so there’s no monotony.
18 holes, par 72
Length: 7240 yards (6221 m)
Cost: 18 holes €40- €70; 9 holes €28-€45
Facilities: Driving range; buggy, trolley & club hire; lessons; club house; restaurant; pro shop
Golf du Château de Cheverny
Just 15 minutes south of Blois, Château de Cheverny is a wooded course built over the former hunting grounds of the château. The wildlife here is amazing – don’t be surprised to find a family of deer crossing the fairway as you make your way to your ball. The clubhouse is in a renovated farm building and offers good food at reasonable prices.
18 holes, par 71
Length: 6737 yards (6161 m)
Cost: 18 holes €42-€56; 9 holes €31.50-€42
Facilities: 3 hole practise course; buggy, trolley & club hire; lessons; club house; restaurant; pro shop