Route du Debarquement BP1,
Sainte-Maxime, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur F-83120
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Significantly undulating terrain - several slopes to climb
Woodland and residential.
Father/son team of Donald (Don) & Peter Harradine.
45 km SW of Cannes
From the A8 motorway (Aix-Nice), take exit 36 (Le Muy / St Tropez) and follow the D125/D25 south, direction St Tropez / Ste Maxime. After 19.5 km, on entering Ste Maxime, follow direction Ste Maxime Centre Ville / Golf. After o.9 km at roundabout Jean Maurin Fabre turn left (u-turn) into Ave du Debarquement, direction Golf. After 1.6 km at roundabout (Rond Point du Golf) turn left and immediately right into Ave Celestin Montocol. After 2 km turn right into golf parking.
Golf de Sainte Maxime: From its lofty perch, high above the town of Sainte Maxime, this immensely scenic and always testing golf course offers stunning views out across the bay and across to St Tropez. Transforming this hilly and at times difficult terrain into a playable layout was impressively accomplished by the Harradines (Don and Peter), although the accurate shot-maker will certainly fare better here than the wayward big-hitter. From the outset there are several tightish drives to make.
The front-nine loop is played down into a valley, where villas flank the course perimeter, but rarely are they in range. Water threatens on only two occasions. At the downhill par-3 7th, an attractive pond dangerously fronts the putting surface. The same pond must be crossed again as you tee-off at the superb short par-4 8th, a hole that requires an accurate uphill approach shot to a green encircled by small rocky cliffs.
The more elevated and fabulously scenic back-nine retains many natural stretches, with wonderful views onto the Mediterranean, and inland to the forested hills and peaks of the Massif des Maures. First timers to the course may think the circular greens are generally quite flat, but beware, these uniform circles are often wickedly inclined.
Between the 10th and 11th holes you'll pass an old cable car that once ferried golfers up to the 11th tee; mandatory buggies now perform that task. Although maintenance could be a tad better in places, Sainte Maxime's spectacular views and challenging layout make this a must play course for visitors to France's incomparable Cote D'Azur.
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: 2018].
Golf carts compulsory; carts are fitted with GPS.
Sainte Maxime 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).
Domaine du Golf, 83120 Sainte Maxime
+33 (0)4 94 56 66 66Visit website
The Amarante Golf Plaza Hotel (and Phytomer Spa) overlooks the bay of St Tropez, and includes indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a sauna, fitness room, tennis courts and a 18-hole golf course. A member of the JJW Hotels & Resorts group.
Saint Endreol; Esterel
112 Avenue du Débarquement, 83120 Sainte-Maxime
+33 (0)4 94 55 07 30Visit website
The Jas Neuf hotel offers all the charm of Provence along with discreet friendly atmosphere and beautiful air-conditioned rooms. You will appreciate the hotel's setting, just 1.4 km from the sea and facing the Sainte Maxime golf course.
Saint Endreol; Esterel
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