Route de Cabasse,
Brignoles, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur F-83170
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb / hilly (especially on the front-nine)
Father/son team of Pete & P.B. Dye
80 km E of Marseille
Leave A8 at exit 35 direction Brignoles, follow "Toutes Direction". After 1.1 km at junction take N7 direction Draguignan/Frejus. Go through Brignoles following "Toutes Directions", staying on the N7. After 3.4 km turn left onto the D79 direction Cabasse. After 4.5 km Barbaroux Golf is on your right. Follow road to clubhouse.
Hotel du Golf Barbaroux: European golf courses designed by legendary architect Pete Dye are rare; you can count them on the fingers of one hand. Barbaroux is among this elite group, a collaborative design by Pete Dye and his son P.B. Dye. The layout is recognised as one of the best in the south of France, but one that lays down many tough challenges.
The par-4 1st is your scene-setter. It doglegs to the right over water, possibly played with the wind in your face. An equally tough par-4 follows, this time requiring a tight, blind drive and then a difficult approach to an elevated green. The third also demands a blind drive, leading to an approach shot into a plunging canyon. A tough start on a fiercely testing layout. If you can quickly find you A-game, and take advantage of the many risk-reward opportunities on offer, you may actually be able to build a good score; although that's unlikely on a first visit.
The Dye's appear to have drawn on influences from a variety of different courses around the world. The short par-4 7th could be a hole on the King's course, Gleneagles, while the short par-4 11th is not unlike a hole on Pete Dye's Kiawah Island Ocean course. At the par-4 9th, the 60-metre green brings a Scottish links to mind. The pudding bowl green at the par-4 13th reminds one of Pinehurst No.2, and a dune-like fairway bunker at the short par-4 14th can be found on many a British links course.
The more undulating front-nine and easier-going back-nine offer wonderful views out across the surrounding woodland and rural countryside. On the early holes of each nine-hole loop, the proximity of the A8 highway creates a bit of traffic noise, but is generally not too distracting. Barbaroux is not one to miss when in the south of France - but it will test your nerve and golf game to the full, and then some!
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. Golf carts available for hire.
Barbaroux 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 nearby town of Brignoles is the capital of the Var department of Provence, and was once the summer residence of the Counts of Provence. The area steeped in history, from the dolmen sites of Les Adrets to the medieval churches of Brignoles or the Roman villas along the Via Aurelia. The castle here dates back to thirteenth century.
Route de Cabasse, 83170 Brignoles.
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Surrounded by a park of pine and oak trees, rosemary and lavender, the hotel at Barbaroux golf course welcomes guests with its 52 select rooms. The comfortable and warmly decorated rooms have private terraces, air conditioning, bathroom, satellite television, mini bar and telephone.
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