The Aquitaine region offers some fifty courses, over twenty of which are located along the coastline between Bordeaux and Biarritz. Some have been classified by the French and international press as among the top ranking in Europe.
There are two excellent nine hole courses within easy reach:
….Port d’Albret (30mins) which circumnavigates an inland lake and features many taxing long holes – and also has an interesting golf range – the drive is into water – using range balls which float.
….Ilbarritz (pictured) with a huge range area and an exciting nine hole course with half the holes situated on the cliff side with magnificant views of the Atlantic and the other half – down a steep buggy track – at sea level and featuring many water hazards.
The superb 18 hole golf course at Hossegor is only a few miles from Labenne and it is usually possible to arrange a Tee-time within a short while of booking-in at the clubhouse – which incidentally serves excellent food. At peak times the course marshall will organise players into foursomes which provides an excellent opportunity to practice your French with the locals (although most of the members speak good English).
The golf course at Seignosse is ranked highest. It is a magnificent 18 hole course (6124m, par72), designed by the American architect Robert Van Hagge. It is laid out in an immense 70 hectare valley, bordered by pines and dotted with natural water hazards and it harmonises perfectly with the natural surroundings of the “Landes” forest.
The view over the first fairway from the clubhouse is superb and it is worth taking a coffee (or lunch) on the terrace even if you do not play golf.
Five of the championship courses within 30mins of Labenne are in a syndicate served by the ‘Golf Pass Biarritz’ which can be purchased on-line. These courses, listed below, are all first class and the syndicate pass helps to make them good value.
….Le Phare in Biarritz itself
….Seignosse & Moliets (within 30 mins drive up the coast) and
….Arcangues & Bassussarry a similar distance in the other direction (within 30 mins drive southwards).