Promenade du Marquenterre,
Fort-Mahon Plage, Picardie F-80120
18 holes. Predominantly open links. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Coastal duneland & pine forest; course is not directly beside the sea.
French designer Jean-Manuel Rossi
2 km S of Fort-Mahon-Plage / 57 km S of Boulogne.
Leave the A16 motorway (Boulogne - Abbeville) at exit 25 (Berck-sur-Mer) and follow the D303 direction Berck / Fort Mahon Plage. After 3.3 km turn left onto the D143 direction Waben / Fort Mahon Plage. After 3.1 km (in Waben) continue straight on, joining the D940 direction Fort Mahon Plage. After 4.5 km turn right onto the D532 direction Fort Mahon Plage. After 4.1 km turn left at roundabout direction Belle Dune Golf / Quend. After 1 km at roundabout take second right onto the D432. After o.7 km at roundbout turn right direction Belle Dune Golf. After 0.9 km golf is on your left.
Golf de Belle Dune: Together with Le Touquet, Hardelot and Wimereux, Belle Dune further reinforces the Côte d’Opale's excellent golfing credentials. Laid out by Jean-Manuel Rossi (who also designed the well-regarded Hulencourt course in Belgium), Belle Dune sits on the edge of an area of towering sand hills, close to but not directly alongside the English Channel (La Manche). The testing layout meanders through a mix of pine forest and open duneland, with plenty of undulation and elevation change along the way.
The opening and closing stretches of this predominantly sand-based links-style course are routed through a small pine forest. Here you will find tightish undulating fairways, several of them doglegging between the pines. The middle section of the course, from the par-4 8th through to the challenging double dogleg par-5 13th, is where links aficionados will feel most at home. This is where the holes are considerably more open and linksy than you'll find on the opening and closing sections. Throughout, Belle Dune's constant undulations are matched by some large and seriously undulating greens; getting down in two can never be taken for granted.
The abundance of wildlife in this predominantly natural setting is complemented from time to time by brightly painted rows of summer houses, which enhance rather than detract from this generally well maintained course. Full of testing challenges for mid and high handicappers, Belle Dune is definitely one of France's lesser known gems that's worth getting to know.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Players generally walk this course.
Belle Dune is a botanical sanctuary. Here you will come across maritime pines, towering dunes planted with marram grass, and may perhaps encounter a roe deer, pheasant, oystercatcher or plover on your way round. It's well worth buying the Course Guide and trying to spot the 18 plant species described therein.
2018 Golf World rating: among the second 100 best courses in continental Europe.
Avenue de la Plage, 80120 Fort-Mahon-Plage
+33 (0)3 22 23 37 77Visit website
Facing onto the sea at the beach end of the main street in Fort-Mahon-Plage.
Nampont (Les Cygnes and Le Belvedere courses); Le Touquet (La Mer and La Foret courses)
Ave du Golf, 62520 Le Touquet
+33 (0)3 21 06 28 28Visit website
Set in the heart of the Le Touquet Forest, this elegant manor house hotel was once the home of Allen Stoneham, the founder of Le Touquet Golf Club. Le Manoir Hotel, with its ivy-covered facade, now offers 41 rooms and suites. Located directly opposite the hotel is the clubhouse of Golf du Touquet.
Le Touquet (La Mer and La Foret courses)
Hardelot (Les Pins and Les Dunes courses); Belle Dune; Nampont St Martin; Wimereux (40 km).
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