A guide to the best golf courses in France

Golf courses in France

Quintessential France conjures up images of the Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, stylish vineyards and a nation walking with an air of self-confidence. Furthermore, with its picturesque coastlines set against a backdrop of rolling hills, the country provides the perfect setting for a round of golf. In fact, today there are over 550 courses in operation. The following are a selection of the best golf courses in France.

Les Bordes

Set in the heart of the Loire Valley (central France) and surrounded by an ancient oak forest, Les Bordes is one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the country. Designed by Robert von Hagge, the pristine course stretches over 7,000 yards and is interspersed with lakes, woodland and island greens. Les Bordes is situated just 90-minutes from Paris. Rounds reserved for members and their guests only. Visit www.lesbordes.com for more information.

Golf de Saint Germain

As one of the regular golf courses in France to host the French Open, Les Bordes has been played by golfing legends such as Sandy Lyle and Seve Ballesteros. Situated west of Paris in the Saint Germain forest, the Harry Colt designed course measures 6,734 yards from the championship tees. Check out visiting details at www.golfsaintgermain.org.

La Kempferhof

Close to Strasbourg, La Kempferhof, another of Robert von Hagge's courses, is one of the most challenging in the Alsace region. Expect tricky bunkers and plenty of water throughout the course. Visiting players are welcome with prior arrangements. For green fees and hotel rates, visit www.golf-kempferhof.com.

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