Breathtaking nature and fine wines complement golf in South West France
Since the creation of the first golf course in Pau in 1856, many more have set up their fairways and greens in the valleys of Perigord and Lot-et-Garonne, in the shade of the Landes pine forests, or even overlooking the ocean... Today, 48 golf courses are spread throughout Aquitaine, each with a different landscape and panoramic view, each a good excuse to share moments of outdoor relaxation with family and friends. In Biarritz, Golf de Biarritz le Phare has managed to keep its British charm since its conception by architect Willy Dunn in 1888. This 18-hole course is exceptionally located on the oceanfront while being right downtown. A little farther inland, closer to the famous vineyards, the Golf du Medoc Hotel & Spa has two 18-hole courses, considered to be part of the most beautiful in continental Europe.
Limousin is a well-preserved region off the beaten path, not to mention one bursting with creativity and savoir-faire (Limoges porcelain and enamel, Aubusson tapestries, Saint Junien glove makers...), sweet delicacies, and more. Just the right place to combine sport with unusual discoveries! Above and beyond its large selection of athletic and cultural activities, the Limousin region has 11 golf courses just waiting to be played. Only a few kilometres from Limoges and Angoulême, the Golf de Saint Junien course is a challenging 18-holer in a beautiful, wooded area.
In the Midi-Pyrenees
The Midi-Pyrenees region has 37 courses to delight not only golfers but nature lovers as well. Located in the heart of the South West, the Midi-Pyrenees is in fact the largest region in France, with eight departments. The Golf Country Club de Bigorre, facing the Pic du Midi, reveals a superb 18-hole course on natural slopes with an exceptional view of its surroundings. The region boasts a great variety of natural sites (and sights!), from the Pyrenees to the Dordogne valley, from Gascony to the Tarn Gorges... The beauty and diversity of its landscapes is equalled only by its rich heritage.