745 Blvd Darby,
Saint Raphaël, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur F-83700
18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Residential and woodland.
Robert Trent Jones Sr.
Located alongside and just north of Golf de l'Estérel, is the 18-hole course of Golf de Valescure (par-68; 5513 m from back tees; designer Lord Ashcomb), a facility of the Hôtel de Valescure (Najeti Hotels).
28 km SW of Cannes
From the A8 motorway (Aix-Nice), take exit 38 (Frejus / St Raphael) and follow the D37, direction St Raphael. After approx 4 km, turn left at roundabout onto the N7, direction St Raphael. After o.5 km at roundabout go straight over onto the D100, direction Valescure. After 3 km (passing through Valescure) at roundabout (Carrefour des Anglais) take the third exit (Ave Colonel Brooke), direction Les Golfs. After approx 1 km turn right into Av des Golfs. After 250 metres turn right into Blvd Darby, and follow road to hotel and golf.
Golf de l'Estérel: This classic Mediterranean style course is a favourite with golfers holidaying in the Fréjus/Saint-Raphaël area of the Cote D'Azur. Although shorter than current day behemoths at only 5,852 metres (6,400 yds), the tightish, undulating fairways, typically lined with umbrella-pines, demand accuracy from the tee. Good greenside bunkering and water on a third of the holes will also require adept shot-making into the good-sized greens.
Given its overall length, you'll not be surprised to find several short par-4s, while three of the par-3s measure well under 150 metres from the back tees. But length, as most amateur players know, is not everything in golf. The par-3 2nd, only 118 metres from the tips, demands a carry from tee-to-green over a pond to find the small, well-bunkered green. An absolute gem awaits at the 126-metre par-3 15th. Again water needs to be crossed, this time in the form of a deep silent tree-lined pool. This enchanting hole provides evidence of former quarrying activities in the area.
Although pleasantly tree-lined most of the time, the front-nine makes a tour through the estate's holiday villas, even taking in a shopping centre en route to the 6th tee. The back-nine is the more interesting, with several good-looking holes, starting with the par-4 10th. This inward nine-hole loop also provides pleasant views onto the forested hills and red rocky peaks of the Massif de l'Esterel.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Esterel is a member of the Blue Green golf group, which manages around 50 golf courses in France, and a few others in Belgium, Netherlands and Spain. Blue Green offer various discount schemes & loyalty programmes (see bluegreen.com). | Next door to the Golf de l'Esterel is another 18-hole golf course, the Old Course - Valescure. This is the 2nd oldest course on the Cote D'Azur and 5th oldest in France, established in 1895. The par-68, 5061-metre Old Course was originally designed by Lord Ashcomb, with later improvements by Robert Trent Jones Sr. The course is not separately listed on Where2Golf.com.
805 Blvd Darby, Valescure, 83700 St Raphael
+33 (0)1 58 21 55 84 (central help-line)Visit website
The St Raphael - Hôtel Latitudes Golf de l'Esterel (not to be confused with the Cap Esterel - Hotel Latitudes de l'Esterel) is located alongside the 18-hole championship course at Golf de l'Esterel, just 100 metres from the golf clubhouse. The refurbished hotel is set in a quiet location at the edge of a pine forest, 800 metres from the shops and 3.5 km from St Raphael town centre and beach. It has an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and fitness centre with sauna and Jacuzzi.
Saint Endreol; Terre Blanche; Riviera; Cannes-Mandelieu
Ave Paul L'Hermite, 83700 Saint Raphael
+33 (0)4 94 52 85 00Visit website
The 4-star Golf Hotel Valescure is located less than 2 km from Golf de l'Esterel, alongside the clubhouse of another of the area's golf courses, the Old Course - Valescure (see our Did You Know section above). This very comfortable, quiet and charming hotel is part of the Najeti Hotels Group.
Esterel (1 km)
Saint Endreol; Terre Blanche; Riviera; Cannes-Mandelieu
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