2664 Rte de Brignoles,
Nans-les-Pins, nr St-Maximin-la-Ste-Baume, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur F-83860
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb
30 km E of Marseille
35 km east of Aix-en-Provence, leave the A8 motorway at exit 34 (Saint-Maximin). From toll booth follow the D560, direction St Zacharie. After 9.3 km turn right at the D1/D560 junction. After just 100 metres turn left onto the D80, direction Nan-les-Pins. After o.4 km golf club is on your left.
Golf Sainte Baume: Nestling in a valley alongside the Domaine de Triennes vineyards, Sainte Baume offers an enjoyable golf outing in a natural and wonderfully rural setting. All around the wooded Provencal hills provide a scenic backdrop. A spectacular limestone mountain ridge, part of the Massif de la Sainte Baume, rises up to the south, reaching a height of over 1,100 metres (3,600 feet). A much smaller ridge runs across the golf course itself, ensuring this well-maintained layout contains plenty of undulation, with several testingly elevated tees and greens.
At times relatively open, at others more tree-lined, the course lays down an array of golfing challenges as it sweeps around the largely hidden Hotel du Domaine de Chateauneuf. Care will be needed on five or six holes where water threatens alongside the greens. There are one or two blind drives to make, most especially at the par-5 15th, which is played up and over the ridge. At the equally challenging par-5 12th the demand is for a well struck drive from a gloriously elevated tee box.
The greens here are often large and sloping, with the bunkering occasionally set too far back to be a real threat, unless your approaches are seriously offline. The clockwise back-nine is arguably stronger than the anti-clockwise front-nine, although both are flanked by picturesque countryside, and both enjoy their share of the best holes. The double dog-legging par-5 7th and well-bunkered downhill par-3 16th are two of the most memorable.
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 Sainte Baume is a member of the Open Golf Club group, which manages over 30 golf properties in France, Belgium, Spain and Morocco, including several Stay&Play golf resort destinations. See the Open Golf Club website (opengolfclub.com) for a list of all their golf courses and hotels. | The Sainte Baume area is rich in history, not least following the discovery in 1279 of a crypt in nearby Saint-Maximin that was proclaimed to be the tomb of Mary Magdalene. Legend has it that Mary Magdalene, her brother Lazarus, and Maximin, fled the Holy Land by boat and landed near Arles. She then came to Marseille and converted the local people. Later in life she retired to live in a cave in the Sainte-Baume mountains (now a Christian pilgrimage site). Charles II of Anjou, King of Naples, founded the massive Gothic Basilique, Sainte Marie-Madeleine, in St Maximin in 1295.
LE, Collet Redon, 83860 Nans-les-Pins
+33 (0)7 72 00 13 03Visit website
Villa Pomponette, a provencal house with breathtaking views of the mountain of Ste Baume, is a luxury guest house and table d'hôte where you can enjoy the refined Mediterranean cuisine of Virginie (chef for many years) composed only of fresh local products that she knows how to adapt to special diets (vegetarian, gluten-free ...). Furthermore you will taste high quality local wines in a good atmosphere.
Sainte Baume (o.5 km)
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