How to Spend a Dream Golf Week on the French Riviera • Women’s Swing
Monday: the Cannes-Mandelieu Old Course
Only twenty minutes from Nice airport, Mandelieu-La Napoule is a charming little town in the Alpes-Maritimes which has two of the most beautiful golf courses in the region. And one of the oldest in the country. the Old Course Cannes-Mandelieu was born in 1891 from the will of the brother of Tsar Nicolas II, Grand Duke Michael of Russia, passionate about the little white ball. Then redesigned by the legendary Harry Colt, the course was the playground of the Duke of Windsor or Sean Connery, before becoming one of the favorite training grounds of our best French players. This shows the quality of this par 71 lined with huge, often century-old umbrella pines, cork oaks and mimosas, one of the particularities of which is to cross the Sagne twice (you have to take a ferry). , this river which partly materializes the border with the Var. Special mention for hole 13 which ends facing the sea and the Estérel. “Perhaps the most beautiful par 5 on the Côte d’Azur,” says Victor Dubuisson.
Or sleep ?
Ideally located near the two Mandelieu-La Napoule courses, golf island come barely to open your doorss on the banks of the Sagne. This refined style 4* hotel is embellished a pretty palm grove and a heated outdoor swimming pool with whirlpools. Possibility to join the Old Course by boat from the pontoon!
Still in Mandelieu-La Napoule, you will be amazed by the golf course of Barbossi, designed thirty years ago by the American architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. The raised start of hole n°8 cut in the rock and its fairway along the Riou is one of the highlights of the course, as is the sequence from 10 to 13, wild and majestic with the red rocks of the Estérel massif in the background. The drivable par 4’s, 7’s and 15’s spice up this superb course a little more, adorned with around twenty works designed by some of the big names in contemporary art that line the 18 holes. The terrace of Le Riviera restaurant offers a beautiful view.
Where to dine?
Lying on the beach in the shade of the medieval castle of La Napoule, the restaurant salon the buccaneer is the must-see place in the city. Beyond the exceptional setting, the menu is of high quality and gives pride of place to local cuisine and fish. Special mention to the “house” cocktails.
Wednesday: the Royal Mougins
Twenty minutes by car from Mandelieu, the Royal Mougins is a magnificent decor sculpted in 1993 by Robert Van Hagge in the middle of rivers and terraces. The low-angle par 3 of hole n°2 is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular on the Côte d’Azur and puts you in the mood right away. This course, as hilly as it is varied, is distinguished by its strategic interest, the choice of the club at the start being preponderant. Like Barbossi, the restaurant terrace offers an incredible view of the golf course and the Tanneron hills.
Or sleep ?
Nearyou run, Royal Mougins Hotel & Spa has spacious rooms (50 m² minimum) furnished as an apartment, equipped with two flat-screen satellite televisions, a hi-fi system and an iPod docking station. Possibility of‘direct access to your room with your golf cart. Hotel guests have free access to the driving range and to Spa by “Cinq Mondes”.
Thursday: Saint Donat
About ten minutes from Royal Mougins, the golf course Saint Donatus is one of the most beautiful courses on the Côte d’Azur. Nestled on the banks of the Mourachonne and the Grand Vallon de Grasse, this tree-lined and varied 18-hole course is the work of Robert Trent Jones Sr. We gain altitude on the return holes, especially with the spectacular slides of the 13 and 15, two par 5s in the shape of a postcard with the mountains of the hinterland in the distance.
Or sleep ? (and dinner) ?
?? In Cabris, this beautiful perched village including the Côte d’Azur a the secrecy, the warm welcome of L” Old Castle Inn will delight golfers and… movie buffs, with photos of legendary actors and films on display in the lobby. This former stable and guard room from the 19th centuryand century offers tasty Mediterranean cuisine, prepared according to the seasons with a terrace overlooking (very) high the sea and the hinterland of Cannes. A real favorite.
Friday: Claux Amic
Near Cabris, golf Claux-Amic is a nice surprise nestled at nearly 600 meters above sea level on the hills dominating Grasse. You meander through the heart of a vast forest of oaks, pines and broom in complete peace of mind (no roads or surrounding dwellings), accompanied by fallow deer and hinds who sometimes keep you company on the route. Quite short but very technical, with some devious slopes, this charming 18-hole course reveals at hole 3 a breathtaking view of the bay of Cannes, the Lérins islands and the pre-Alps. On a clear day, you can even see Corsica…
Saturday: the Old Course of Valescure
Head to the Var, for one of the oldest courses in France, created in 1895 by British aristocrats. Lined with umbrella pines and cork oaks, the Former Cours de Valescure barely exceeds 5000 meters in length, but the narrowness of the fairways, numerous water hazards and fairly small greens add to the game. A scent of history hovers over this old-fashioned par 68, designed by Harry Colt, and perfectly maintained. Like the amazing feeling of swinging on a billiard table… English of course.
Or sleep ? (and dinner) ?
?? Near the hole 1 sandwedge (and green putter), the Najeti Golf Hotel de Valescure is a 4* which will be particularly suitable for sporty golferss with tennis courts and archery available, not to mention the outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and spa, always welcome after 18 holes. The restaurant Les Pins Parasols serves quality Provençal cuisine in the evening. Hotel guests receive a 20% discount on golf green fees.
Sunday: Roquebrune resort
About ten minutes from Saint-Raphaël and Sainte-Maxime, the golf Roquebrune seaside resort is a haven of peace surrounded by nature and a real golfing challenge, with its many sloping fairways and the mistral which rarely lacks breath in the region. Hole n°9 overlooks the course and offers a 180 degree view of the Massif des Maures and the Mediterranean. A par 71 that knows how to defend itself, embellished with around forty bunkers, around ten sculptures by the Egyptian artist Salem and… a few free-roaming sheep. The resort includes an intimate 5* (the Daya Hotel & Spa), with four suites and one bedroom.
Where to have lunch and dinner?
Before or after your stay, La Table de Louis offers tasty local products in a cozy atmosphere. The opportunity to taste a dew from Château Vaudois, the wine estate adjoining the golf course which offersand exceptional vintages.
Your golfing week is coming to an end but nothing prevents you from extending the pleasure even further, since the Côte d’Azur has a string of exceptional courses, between Nice and Saint-Tropez. These include: La Grande Bastide, Opio-Valbonne, Cannes-Mougins, Estérel, Sainte-Maxime, Saint-Tropez, Saint-Andréol, without forgetting of course in the hinterland Taulane and the essential resort of Terre-Blanche, as well as the very private Vidaubans.
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