Route du Havre,
Etretat, Haut-Normandie F-76790
18 holes. Clifftop course. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb
Coastal cliffs and rural countryside.
Julien Chantepie, assisted by Arnaud Massy, laid out the original 13 holes. The course was revised by Didier Fruchet (1992).
25 km N of Le Havre
From the centre of Etretat go south on the D940 (Rte du Havre). After less than 1 km turn right into narrow uphill road to golf and The Dormy House.
Golf Club d'Etretat: Eroded over centuries by the sea, the chalk cliffs of Etretat are famed for their stunning beauty and wave-cut arches. The golf club's strapline, "Un Golf Marin au Sommet des Falaises" (seaside golf at the top of the cliffs) hints at but barely does justice to the excellent quality of this challenging layout.
And then there's the setting: as spectacular a stretch of European coastline as you'll find, with views onto the vertical, white cliffs, out to sea and down into the charming seaside village of Etretat.
Sitting directly above the cliffs and separated only by a small coastal path, the two nine-hole loops contain many dramatic and immensely scenic holes. Both nines start with a par-5, the spectacular 10th played from an elevated tee to elevated green, right alongside the clifftop path; definitely one of the most nerve-jangling drives.
Your exciting cliff-edge journey continues with the par-3 11th, uphill par-4 12th, formidable, long par-3 13th, and fabulous par-4 14th, where a gaping void must be crossed from the tee.
On the front-nine, the cliffs' edge is briefly reached at the par-4 4th green, although either side of this hole several others are distinctly more tree and bush lined. The inward loop of holes are gloriously open and linksy in character, with thick grassy rough lying in wait beyond the good-width fairways and generous band of semi-rough.
Etretat is one of the most stunningly scenic clifftop courses you are ever likely to play, and, especially with the wind blowing, this well-maintained layout provides an excellent test for every facet of your game.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap permitted on weekends: 35.
Players generally walk this course.
The small seaside resort town of Étretat is best known for its magnificent white cliffs, which include three famous natural arches. Two of the three arches, Porte d'Aval and Porte d'Amont can be seen from the town (and from the golf course). The Manneporte arch is a short distance further on.
Etretat and its associated cliffs have attracted sight-seers for many years, as well as many artists including Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet.
route du Havre, 76790 Etretat
+33 (0)2 35 27 07 88Visit website
Nestling on the cliff's side, in exceptional surroundings of greenery, with a breathtaking panoramic view of the sea, the village of Etretat and it's famous cliffs, the Dormy House Hotel & Restaurant offers it's guests a feast for the eyes and for the palate.
Chemin St Clair, 76790 Etretat
+33 (0)2 35 27 08 23Visit website
This charming hotel-restaurant offers 11 rooms in the Donjon, a small 19th century Anglo-Norman style château, and 10 rooms in a seaside villa, which exudes all the style and charm of the Belle Époque era. The estate includes a heated outdoor swimming pool open from April to October, 5 guest lounges, a library, a covered patio and two private car parks.
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