Domaine de Terre Blanche,
Tourrettes, nr Fayence, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur F-83440
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb and some long green-to-tee walks.
Woodland and residential.
18-hole par-72 Riou course (6005 metres from the back tees)
35 km W of Cannes
From the A8, take exit 39 (Fayence) and follow the D37, direction Fayence. After 8.7 km at roundabout turn left on to D562, direction Fayence-Draguignon. After 3.9 km turn left direction Bagnols en Foret on to the D56. After 3 km turn right into Terre Blanche.
Terre Blanche Golf Club (Château course): Originally intended as a wholly private facility, Terre Blanche's fabulous Château course now accepts a limited amount of outside visitor play. This wonderfully scenic and challenging 18-hole championship layout is complemented by the slightly shorter Riou course (which remains private, but can be played by resort guests). Designed by Englishman Dave Thomas, both courses provide sumptuous views onto the surrounding Provence countryside, which displays an exuberant mosaic of tree-clad hills and rustic villages.
The generally good-width and immaculately presented fairways on the Château course weave through a quiet forest of mature oaks and tall pines. A championship layout in every sense, the Château's many elevation changes are occasionally accompanied by tumbling rock-filled water hazards. The most notable of these comes at the wonderful downhill par-5 11th - the layout's signature hole.
In the middle of the front-nine, the course opens out around an attractive lake, which you'll need to navigate around at the 4th, 5th and 6th holes. A smaller lake also threatens at the 10th and 17th on the inward-nine. Stylish and often expansive fairway bunkering gives way to smaller though no less daunting sand traps around the usually large and undulating greens.
A handful of large new villas flank one or two holes, as do one or two much older ruins. But there's nothing here to detract from the naturalness and scenic beauty of Terre Blanche's most elegant Château course.
Private club - restricted outside visitor play (on the Chateau course only). Visitors should contact the Club for playing possibilities. The Riou course is exclusively for members and resort guests.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: 35 men & women.
Soft spikes only. Golf carts compulsory for visitors.
The Domaine de Terre Blanche, located just south of the medieval, hillside town of Fayence, was formerly owned by Sean Connery. In 1994 he sold the Château and its surrounding 266 hectares to Dietmar Hopp, who transformed the property into an exclusive golf resort with luxury residences, two championship golf courses, a 5-star hotel and world-class spa.
France's 8th best course (Golf World, 2022).
Continental Europe's 31st best course (Golf World, 2023).
Domaine de Terre Blanche, 83440 Tourrettes
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Hidden in the hills of Provence, close to the glamour of the Côte d'Azur and alongside the Terre Blanche Golf Club, the Terre Blanche Hôtel Spa Golf Resort accents luxurious comfort with vistas of mountains, medieval villages and fragrant fields of thyme and lavender. Experience two, year-round golf courses and one of Europe's most beautiful spas.
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