Golf Courses in the South of France 

Discover the South of France's best-kept secret: a stunning collection of golf courses where sun-drenched fairways meet the azure Mediterranean, offering more than just a game, but a luxurious escape into a golfer's paradise.

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While the South of France is celebrated for its lavender fields, glittering coastlines, and culinary delights, it's also a hidden gem for golf enthusiasts. Golf courses in the South of France offer more than challenging layouts; they provide panoramic views stretching from Provençal landscapes to the Côte d'Azur's blue horizons. Each course, from the manicured greens of Aix-en-Provence golf courses to the prestigious fairways of golf courses in Nice, France, integrates the natural beauty and architectural elegance of the region, creating a backdrop that's as stimulating to the eye as it is to play.

South of France golf vacations cater to those who seek to immerse themselves in this region's serene yet vibrant environment. The area is known for its mild climate, which makes it an ideal year-round destination for golf trips in the South of France. Unique course designs that incorporate the rolling hills, lush vineyards, and views of the Mediterranean make each round a memorable experience. For the discerning golfer, custom France golf trips can tailor the experience to include visits to multiple top-tier courses, ensuring every aspect of your golfing vacation is nothing short of spectacular.


Best Golf Courses in the South of France

The South of France is not just about sun-soaked vineyards and beaches; it also boasts some of the most beautiful golf courses in the South of France. The region offers a unique blend of luxurious amenities, challenging layouts, and breathtaking landscapes that range from the rolling Provencal hills to the sparkling Mediterranean coast. Each course, often located near historic sites and gastronomic havens, provides distinct features like sophisticated clubhouses, state-of-the-art practice facilities, and holes that challenge even seasoned golfers.

Golf Courses in Nice

Experience the luxury of Riviera golfing with the premier golf courses in Nice, where the mild Mediterranean climate and stunning coastal views create an ideal setting for every golfer.

Grande Bastide

The Golf de la Grande Bastide in Châteauneuf de Grasse on the French Riviera is just a 20-minute drive from Nice and Cannes. Located in the heart of the perfume region of Grasse, it’s a favorite destination for South of France golf trips. Offering up stunning views of the picturesque French countryside, this 18-hole course appeals to both beginners and pros. Designed by Cabell Robinson, a former collaborator of Robert Trent Jones Sr, it offers golfers wide fairways and greens well defended by many bunkers and water features. There’s also an excellent restaurant for when you’re finished and a lovely clubhouse terrace for sunny drinks.

Saint Donat

Saint Donat in Grasse offers an exceptional day on the golf course, set in the heart of the picturesque French Riviera. The course, designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., features a challenging layout that winds through lush vegetation and olive groves. Its top-notch facilities and beautiful surroundings make it a favoured destination for golfers looking for both a test of skill and a scenic escape.

Taulane

Taulane is ranked as one of the top 20 golf courses in France and found in the Verdon Gorges. Designed by Gary Player, the course is hilly, with holes carved into the forest making it challenging but playable. But despite that, it suits all standards able to move at a brisk pace. Taulane has great practice facilities, including lessons available, and a good value 4-star hotel attached.

Golf Courses in Provence

Discover the timeless beauty and challenging layouts of the golf courses in Provence, where the historic charm of the region enhances every swing.

Terre Blanche

Terre Blanche in Provence boasts two 18-hole championship courses, Le Château and Le Riou, both designed by former Ryder Cup player Dave Thomas. The courses offer diverse challenges, set against the backdrop of stunning Provencal countryside, and together are the recipe for a memorable golf vacation. With world-class facilities, including a state-of-the-art performance center and a luxurious hotel, it’s up there with the best golf courses in Provence.

Saint Endréol

The course at Saint Endréol Golf Club winds through the scenic hills and forests of Provence. Its 18-holes are both challenging and enjoyable, with each offering something different, particularly the 13th hole with its spectacular drop down onto a green on water. Complemented by a good spa and pretty hotel accommodation, Saint Endréol is a great place for golf vacations in the South of France.

Pont Royal

The much-lauded Pont Royal is often listed as one of the best Aix en Provence golf courses. Surrounded by amazing views of the Luberon, the Alpilles Mountain range, the Durance Valley and the Trévaresse Massif, you are very much in nature here. The greens and fairways blend into the unique Provence garrigue and pine woods. It is the only French golf course designed by Severiano Ballesteros and offers a real tactical challenge for strong golfers. You need to be accompanied by a member to play here.

Golf Courses in and around South of France

Explore a variety of golfing experiences with the diverse and prestigious golf courses in South of France, each offering unique challenges and spectacular settings.

Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo golf course, just outside Monaco, looks out onto the ocean on one side and snow-capped peaks on the other. Surrounded by greenery, it doesn’t get more peaceful than this. The 18-hole course was designed by Willie Park, Jr, and opened in 1911. It requires precision to avoid losing your balls into the sea and the maximum handicap is 35 on weekdays and 32 on the weekend.

Cannes Mougins

This stunning 18-hole golf course (40 minutes from Nice) winds its way through a forest. Its sightly hilly terrain with water features to avoid make it challenging but fun. Designed by Harry Colt, who was also known for his work on Royal Lytham & St Anne's, Royal Portrush, Sunningdale and Wentworth, this par 72 golf course in the South of France is ranked among the 10 best golf courses in the whole of France and has hosted the Cannes Open for 14 years. You need to be with a member to be able to play at Cannes Mougins.

Royal Mougins

The course at Royal Mougins Golf Club is found on the Cote d’Azur, just a few minutes from Cannes and 45 minutes from Nice. Seamlessly integrated into the picturesque landscapes of the French Riviera, the course's challenging layout, designed by Robert von Hagge, is rewarding for golfers of all skill levels. While top-notch facilities, including a restaurant and spa, make it a premier destination for golf vacations in the South of France for both golfing enthusiasts and those who just want to relax amongst nature.

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FAQs About Golf Courses in the South of France

  • How many golf courses are there in France?

    France boasts an impressive array of approximately 600 golf courses catering to enthusiasts and professionals alike.

  • Is golf a big sport in France?

    Golf is increasingly popular in France, with tournaments like the French Open being one of the most important stages of the European Tour.

  • Where is the most expensive golf course to play?

    The most expensive golf course to play in France is generally considered to be the Les Bordes Golf Club, where green fees and membership costs are among the highest in the country due to its exclusive nature and world-class facilities.

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