The Basque country is often considered the birth place of golf in France. Visitors to the region are spoilt for choice with 12 top quality golf courses within quick and easy reach to satisfy any golfing itch – whatever your level…
Golf de Moliets
The Moilets Golf Course was conceived 15 years ago according to the wish of President Francois Mitterrand to democratise the sport and allow local people to discover and practice golf. He himself played several times here.
This course is in the pines, surrounded by gorse and heather and the fairways are spacious to prevent hold ups. On the 18 hole course, variety is the word of the day with each hole offering a different aspect to the one before. The most attractive holes by far however are the ones on the dunes: 13, 14, 15 and 16.As the course is built on sand, guests can play all year round.
Gold Hotel de Seignosse
A veritable pleasure for the eye, and to play, surprising contour design, voluptuous curves, soft greens, space to play and full of contrasts. For those who have discovered Seignosee there remains a nagging desire to return. The majesty of Seignosse stems from a magical atmosphere where the enormous pines and splendid oaks rise up like cathedrals o each hole. This exceptional course welcomes golfers from all over, keen on relishing in their favourite sport all year round. It is not uncommon to bump into Jose Maria Olazabal or Jean Van de Velde who train here, preparing for the toughest international competitions.
Created in 1930, the Hossegor Golf Club is one of the most beautiful in France. Set in an exceptional site, a typically British atmosphere reigns over the 18 holes. Each hole is lined on both sides by a wide variety of trees, and golfers are well advised to drive straight and keep to the fairways. The greens are always of the highest quality. Hossegor is a real pleasure to play.
Golf de Chiberta
This international class golf course was designed in 1926 by the British architect, Tom Simpson and is rated amongst the top 10 golf courses in the whole of France.
A magnificent site, by the seaside with its lake and forest, where the golfer may play in all seasons. With its varied settings, this attractive course is a great pleasure to play. Beware of the ocean winds however as when they blow the seaside holes pose an entirely new challenge for the seasoned golfer to overcome.
Chiberta also runs a superb 9 hole compact course ‘Imperatrice’. This is excellent for beginners and an interesting test for all golfers.
Golf de Biarritz
Created in 1888 the Biarritz Golf Club is the second oldest in France. It was originally designed for British clientele, even though King Edward VII actually preferred to play cricket there! The course extends over 30 hectares and has a total of 70 bunkers. There are also six excellent Par 3 holes where it is very easy to drop shots.
This is a particularly agreeable course with high quality greens that may be played on all year round. Located near the centre of Biarritz, the course also has the advantage of not being too tiring for players. Facing the ocean the golf enjoys mild temperatures all year, even during the sunniest of summer days.
Located right on the coast, 5 minutes from Biarritz with somptuous views of the Basque Coast and Pyrenees, the course is a site to behold and a joy to play. The Ilbarritz Golf Training Centre offers to golfers of all levels an ideal environment for golf training, learning and improvement. The course holds 9 holes (at one point awarded the Best Nine Hole Course in France by European Golf Magazine) as well as impressive practice zones. There is also an excellent restaurant where visitors can enjoy lunch in the basque sunshine.
Real Golf Club de San Sebastian
This course offers spectacular views of the mountains on one side and the historical towns of Fontarabie is set amongst valleys and the course changes from one level to another with several particularly interesting holes, especially 7, 8, 15 and 18.
After the game a visit to the old quarters of San Sebastian and Fontarrabie, is a must. There you can taste the tapas bar snacks in lively settings and enjoy fish specialities, which have made the Spanish Basque cuisine famous.
Golf de Chantaco
The Chantaco Golf Club was opened in 1928 and is one of the most famous in the region. Only two kilometres from Saint-Jean-de-Luz, the course was designed in a valley and forest environment.
This is an undulating parkland course difficult and diversified. The course is composed of two contrasting parts. The first nine holes are set back in a beautiful forested valley while the back nine has many interesting water obstacles. The most testing holes are 2, 3, 5, 11, 12.
The greens are amongst the best in the region where you will discover grandiose views of the Pyrenees and enjoy the harmony and serenity of the surroundings.
The Golf of Arcangues is perched on a natural balcony, over looking the Basque Country. The club house, on the summit, faces south with the golf course stretching away before it. A curve to the West, then North, before finally reappearing from the East to finish at the 18th hole at the foot of the terrace.
After a round of golf, guests can also enjoy a fine meal in the lively atmosphere of the club restaurant.
Golf de Bassussarry
This picturesque course boasts panoramic views of the surroundings basque mountains as well as excellent golf. Guests can also make use of the boutique golf pro shop, 20 practice greens or the on site villas and hotel apartments.
The Epherra Golf Club was opened in 1992. Situated in the heart of the Basque Country, only 20 minutes from the coast, Epherra at Souraide is a picturesque country course, offering superb views of the Pyrenees.
At Epherra, there is a warm welcome, a friendly atmosphere and the offer of some of the best basque cuisine in the region.
Golf de la Nivelle
Opened in 1907 the La Nivelle Golf Course was built on an old quarry site near Ciboure. It offers beautiful views of the sea, the port of Saint-Jean-de-luz and panoramic mountains. The view from the 17th hole in particular is certainly not to be missed!
La Nivelle is a hilly, undulating course and is not easy, demanding lots of precision on the second shots and on the sloping greens. As a reward for their efforts guests are treated to the warmest welcomes in the region in both the restaurant and the Pro Shop.