Best golf courses: France

Founded in 1856, Pau is the oldest golf club in France and in continental Europe. Its history goes back to the Napoleonic wars and the Battle of Orthez in February 1814, when some regiments of Wellington's army were quartered in Pau. Great course architects like Willy Dunn considered that France with its amazing variety of landscapes was the ideal country for developing golf. Paris and the Ile de France have some of the country's finer courses including the Golf National, home of the French Open. The traditional top courses – often to be found around the larger cities – sometimes admit visitors especially during the week and in the summer but they never really advertise the fact. With a letter of introduction from your club you can try your luck at some of the most highly reputed courses like Chantilly, Saint-Germain, Fontainebleau, Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, Paris International, Joyenval and la Boulie.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Boulogne
Dudok van Heel, Joan

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Boulogne

Designer

Joan Dudok van Heel

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Reims
Gayon, Michel

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Reims

Designer

Michel Gayon

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Toulouse
Pern, Jeremy

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Toulouse

Designer

Jeremy Pern
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Paris
Jacobs, John

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

John Jacobs

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Bordeaux
Blandford & Hirigoyen

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Bordeaux

Designer

Cecil R. Blandford and Pierre Hirigoyen
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Biarritz
Fream, Ron

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Biarritz

Designer

Ronald (Ron) Fream
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Lille
Cornillot, Jean-Claude

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lille

Designer

Jean-Claude Cornillot
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Lorient
Bureau, Yves

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lorient

Designer

Yves Bureau
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Marseille
Dye, Pete

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Marseille

Designer

Father/son team of Pete & P.B. Dye
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Weekdays only
Basel
von Limburger, Bernhard

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

Basel

Designer

Bernhard von Limburger
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
(Closed in 2013)
Paris
Adam, Marc

Visitors?

(Closed in 2013)

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Marc Adam and Patrick Fromanger
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Boulogne
Rossi, Jean-Manuel

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Boulogne

Designer

French designer Jean-Manuel Rossi
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Paris
Langer, Bernhard

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Bernhard Langer

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Biarritz
Dunn, Tom

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Biarritz

Designer

Original design by Tom Dunn, with input from his younger brother Willie Dunn Jr. Later modifications and stronger bunkering designed by Harry Colt (1920).
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Strasbourg
Adam, Marc

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Strasbourg

Designer

Marc Adam & Patrick Fromanger
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Lille
Hawtree, Fred

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lille

Designer

Fred Hawtree
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Lille
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lille

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Sr.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Weekdays only
Geneve
Jones Jr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

Geneve

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Brest
Fenn, Michael

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Brest

Designer

Michael Fenn
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Wkends restrictd
Lille
Baker, Bill

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Lille

Designer

Bill Baker
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Cannes
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cannes

Designer

Harry Colt
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Cannes
Alliss & Thomas

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cannes

Designer

Peter Alliss & Dave Thomas
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Montpellier
Fream, Ron

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Montpellier

Designer

Ronald (Ron) Fream

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Paris
Adam, Marc

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Marc Adam and Patrick Fromanger

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Geneve
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Geneve

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Sr.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Biarritz
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Biarritz

Designer

Harry Colt
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Weekdays only
Paris
Steel, Donald

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Original 18-hole Longeres course designed in the 1920s by Tom Simpson, when he also redesigned the original 9-hole Vineuil course (extending it from 9 to 18 holes). The Longeres suffered badly during WW2, and most of it was abandoned after the war. In the 1980s English architect David Steel brought five original Longeres holes back into play, together with 13 new holes which he designed.

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Weekdays only
Paris
Simpson, Tom

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Current layout designed by Tom Simpson in 1920.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Paris
Jones Jr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Orleans
Dongradi, Olivier

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Orleans

Designer

Olivier Dongradi
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Dijon
Sprecher & Watine

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Dijon

Designer

French design team of Thierry Sprecher & Géry Watine.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Luxembourg
Amick, William

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Luxembourg

Designer

William Amick
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Bordeaux
Steel, Donald

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Bordeaux

Designer

Donald Steel
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Paris
Harradine, Donald

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Donald (Don) Harradine
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Biarritz
Simpson, Tom

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Biarritz

Designer

Tom Simpson
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Cannes
Foures, Jean-Pascal

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cannes

Designer

Jean-Pascal Foures
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Paris
Saito & Gayon

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

M. Saito & Michel Gayon
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Paris
Simpson, Tom

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Tom Simpson
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Paris
Smith

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Smith
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Wkends restrictd
Paris
von Hagge, Robert

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Robert von Hagge

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Wkends restrictd
Paris
von Hagge, Robert

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Robert von Hagge

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Paris
Palmer, Arnold

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Vignoly course (Arnold Palmer Design, 2009); Montpichet course (designed by A. D'Ormesson, 1987).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Le Havre
Simpson & Cotton

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Le Havre

Designer

Tom Simpson (Rouge course - 1929) and Sir Henry Cotton (Bleu and Vert courses - 1964).

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Le Havre
Park Jr, Willie

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Le Havre

Designer

Willie Park Jr.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Wkends restrictd
St Malo
Dunn, Tom

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

St Malo

Designer

Tom Dunn
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Paris
Fream, Ronald

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Ronald (Ron) Fream
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Geneve
Nakowski, M

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Geneve

Designer

M. Nakowski with later revisions by Donald Harradine in 1963.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Nantes
Gayon, Michel

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Nantes

Designer

Michel Gayon
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Weekdays only
Geneve
Gayon, Michel

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

Geneve

Designer

Michel Gayon
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Cannes
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cannes

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Paris
Gayon, Michel

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Michel Gayon
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Le Havre
Chantepie, Julien

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Le Havre

Designer

Julien Chantepie, assisted by Arnaud Massy, laid out the original 13 holes. The course was revised by Didier Fruchet (1992).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Geneve
Robinson, Cabell

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Geneve

Designer

In 1989 Cabell Robinson undertook a major redesign of the course, which was originally established in 1904.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Paris
Poellot, Jean-Marie

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Jean-Marie Poellot

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Weekdays only
Paris
Simpson, Tom

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Original course redesigned by Tom Simpson (1920) and later lengthened and modified by Fred Hawtree.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
(Closed in 2009)
Paris
Gayon, Michel

Visitors?

(Closed in 2009)

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Michel Gayon
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Nantes
Bureau, Yves

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Nantes

Designer

Yves Bureau
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Marseille
Fream, Ron

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Marseille

Designer

Ronald (Ron) Fream
2-star: Reasonably okay course - if better courses not available.
(Closed in 2010)
Orleans
Shirley, Jim

Visitors?

(Closed in 2010)

Nearest city

Orleans

Designer

Jim Shirley
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
(Closed in 2010)
Orleans
Shirley, Jim

Visitors?

(Closed in 2010)

Nearest city

Orleans

Designer

Jim Shirley
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Paris
Chesneau, Hubert

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Hubert Chesneau
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Paris
von Hagge, Robert

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Robert von Hagge & Rick Baril (of von Hagge Design Associates), with input from French Golf Federation project manager Hubert Chesneau.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Lyon
Fruchet & Will

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lyon

Designer

Didier Fruchet and George Will
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Lyon
Fruchet & Will

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lyon

Designer

Didier Fruchet and George Will
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Cannes
Robinson, Cabell

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cannes

Designer

Cabell Robinson
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Bordeaux
Doak, Tom

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Bordeaux

Designer

Tom Doak
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
St Malo
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

St Malo

Designer

Harry Colt, with revisions in 1992 by Martin Hawtree.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Grenoble
Pern & Garaialde

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Grenoble

Designer

Jeremy Pern & Jean Garaialde
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Grenoble
Jones Jr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Grenoble

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Bordeaux
Prat, Alain

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Bordeaux

Designer

Alain Prat
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Boulogne
Cornillot, Jean-Claude

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Boulogne

Designer

French designer Jean-Claude Cornillot with Baron Paul Rolin (Belgium).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Boulogne
Simpson, Tom

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Boulogne

Designer

Original design by Tom Simpson (1931); significant renovation by Frank Pont & Patrice Boissonnas (2013).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Biarritz
Morrison, John

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Biarritz

Designer

Original design by English golf course architect John S.F. Morrison (of Colt, Alison & Morrison), assisted by Arnaud Massy (1927). Updated by Cabell B. Robinson (2003).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Paris
Fream, Ron

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Ronald (Ron) Fream
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Paris
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Sr.
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Strasbourg
von Hagge, Robert

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Strasbourg

Designer

Robert von Hagge

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Nantes
Gayon, Michel

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Nantes

Designer

Michel Gayon & Jacques Lebreton

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Nantes
Alliss & Thomas

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Nantes

Designer

Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas (with a major revision by Michel Gayon which inserted new holes from the 5th to the 13th).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Weekdays only
Paris
Roussel, Jacques

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Jacques Roussel
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Weekdays only
Paris
Park Jr, Willie

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Willie Park Jr.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Lyon
Pern, Jeremy

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lyon

Designer

Jeremy Pern
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Nantes
Baker, Bill

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Nantes

Designer

Bill Baker revamped the original course laid out by Henry Cotton in 1967.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Bordeaux
Harris, John

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Bordeaux

Designer

John Harris

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Montpellier
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Montpellier

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
St Malo
Braid, James

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

St Malo

Designer

James Braid
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Orleans
Brizon, Olivier

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Orleans

Designer

Original design by Olivier Brizon (1992); revamped by Martin Hawtree (2010).
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Geneve
Berthet, Robert

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Geneve

Designer

Robert Berthet
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Orleans
von Hagge, Robert

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Orleans

Designer

Robert von Hagge
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Boulogne
Hutchinson, Horace

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Boulogne

Designer

Horace Hutchinson
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Boulogne
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Boulogne

Designer

Harry Colt
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Orleans
Robinson, Cabell

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Orleans

Designer

Cabell Robinson
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Lyon
Hawtree, Fred

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lyon

Designer

Fred Hawtree laid out Les Brocards in 1962.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Lyon
Lambert, Hughes

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lyon

Designer

Hughes Lambert

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Weekdays only
Geneve
Harradine & Dongradi

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

Geneve

Designer

Peter Harradine & Olivier Dongradi
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Biarritz
Roquemore, Rocky

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Biarritz

Designer

Rocky Roquemore
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Bordeaux
Coore, Bill

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Bordeaux

Designer

Bill Coore of North Carolina, USA; supported by Rod Whitman (who designed the Vignes course at Golf du Médoc). This was Coore's third solo course design.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Bordeaux
Whitman, Rod

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Bordeaux

Designer

Canadian designer Rod Whitman (who also worked with Bill Coore on Golf du Médoc's Châteaux course).
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Geneve
Sprecher & Watine

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Geneve

Designer

Thierry Sprecher & Gery Watine
Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Lille
Gayon, Michel

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lille

Designer

Michel Gayon designed all three nines: Val de Marque (opened 2008), La Valutte (2010) and Rupilly (2014).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Biarritz
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Biarritz

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Sr.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Geneve
Cotton, Henry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Geneve

Designer

Sir Henry Cotton
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Cannes
Park Jr, Willie

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cannes

Designer

Willie Park Jr
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Montpellier
Pitman, Chris

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Montpellier

Designer

Chris Pitman (New Zealand based)
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Montpellier
Fream, Ron

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Montpellier

Designer

Ronald (Ron) Fream
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Paris
Simpson, Tom

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Tom Simpson
2-star: Reasonably okay course - if better courses not available.
Visitors welcome
Boulogne
Chatterton, Thomas

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Boulogne

Designer

Thomas Chatterton
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Montpellier
Morandi & Harradine

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Montpellier

Designer

Leonard Morandi & Donald Harradine

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Le Havre
Bureau, Yves

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Le Havre

Designer

Yves Bureau
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Le Havre
Bureau, Yves

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Le Havre

Designer

Yves Bureau
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Cannes
Harradine, Donald

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cannes

Designer

Donald (Don) Harradine
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Paris
Cotton, Henry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Sir Henry Cotton

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Toulouse
Fenn, Michael

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Toulouse

Designer

Michael Fenn
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Paris
Nicklaus, Jack

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Jack Nicklaus
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Biarritz
Various

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Biarritz

Designer

Various architects have played their part in Pau's design, including Willie Dunn of Scotland.
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
St Malo
Prat, Alain

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

St Malo

Designer

Alain Prat

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Lorient
Macauley & Quenouille

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lorient

Designer

Tom Macauley & Quenouille
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Marseille
Ballesteros, Seve

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Marseille

Designer

Seve Ballesteros
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Nantes
Gayon, Michel

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Nantes

Designer

Original 9-hole layout dates from 1929. Redesigned and extended to 18-holes by Michel Gayon & Jacques Lebreton (1991).
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Weekdays only
Paris
Hawtree, Fred

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Fred Hawtree

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Paris
Leglise, Patrice

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Patrice Leglise

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Paris
Foures, Jean-Pascal

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Jean-Pascal Foures
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Reims
Fenn, Michael

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Reims

Designer

Michael Fenn
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Cannes
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cannes

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Sr.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Paris
Fream, Ron

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Ronald (Ron) Fream

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Paris
Hawtree, Fred

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Fred Hawtree
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Orleans
Pern & Garaialde

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Orleans

Designer

Jeremy Pern & Jean Garaialde
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Wkends restrictd
St Malo
Ross, Mackenzie

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

St Malo

Designer

Scottish course architect Philip Mackenzie Ross made several significant design changes to the original layout.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Wkends restrictd
St Malo
Brewster, F.W.

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

St Malo

Designer

F.W. Brewster
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Cannes
von Hagge, Robert

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cannes

Designer

Robert von Hagge
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Le Mans
Gayon, Michel

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Le Mans

Designer

Michel Gayon
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
July/Aug only
Paris
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

July/Aug only

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Vert/Green course: designed by Harry Colt (1913). Jaune/Yellow course (1930): designed by Harry Colt and his partner John S.F. Morrison.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Montpellier
Tomlinson & Wright

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Montpellier

Designer

B. Tomlinson & B. Wright
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Cannes
Jones Jr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cannes

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Marseille
Berthet, Robert

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Marseille

Designer

Robert Berthet
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Cannes
Harradine, Donald & Peter

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cannes

Designer

Father/son team of Donald (Don) & Peter Harradine.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Cannes
Gayon, Michel

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cannes

Designer

Michel Gayon
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Weekdays only
Paris
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Harry Colt
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Nantes
Bureau, Yves

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Nantes

Designer

Yves Bureau
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Lorient
Michael Fenn

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lorient

Designer

Michael Fenn (18-hole course) and Yves Bureau (9-hole course)

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Paris
Hawtree, Fred

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Fred Hawtree (Red and Blue courses)

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Rsrt guests only
Cannes
Player, Gary

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Cannes

Designer

Gary Player, Gery Watine & Thierry Sprecher
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Nantes
Gayon, Michel

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Nantes

Designer

Michel Gayon
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Biarritz
von Hagge, Robert

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Biarritz

Designer

Robert von Hagge
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Marseille
Sprecher & Watine

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Marseille

Designer

Thierry Sprecher & Gery Watine
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Strasbourg
Langer, Bernhard

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Strasbourg

Designer

Bernhard Langer

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Corsica
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Corsica

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Sr.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Weekdays only
Strasbourg
Harradine, Donald

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

Strasbourg

Designer

Donald (Don) Harradine
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Cannes
Player, Gary

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cannes

Designer

Gary Player
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
On application
Cannes
Thomas, Dave

Visitors?

On application

Nearest city

Cannes

Designer

Dave Thomas
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Rsrt guests only
Cannes
Thomas, Dave

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Cannes

Designer

Dave Thomas
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Toulouse
Pern & Garaïalde

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Toulouse

Designer

Jeremy Pern & Jean Garaïalde

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Geneve
Lambert, Hugues

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Geneve

Designer

Hugues Lambert
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Lorient
Bureau, Yves

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lorient

Designer

Yves Bureau
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Paris
Gayon, Michel

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Paris

Designer

Michel Gayon
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Rouen
Hawtree, Fred

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Rouen

Designer

Frederick W. "Fred" Hawtree
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Cannes
Jones Sr & Jr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Cannes

Designer

Robert Trent Jones (Sr. and Jr.)
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Lyon
Roux, Lucien

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lyon

Designer

Lucien Roux
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Strasbourg
Pern & Garaialde

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Strasbourg

Designer

Jeremy Pern & Jean Garaialde
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Boulogne
Hutchison & Campbell

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Boulogne

Designer

Current layout by English architects Cecil K. Hutchison & Sir Guy Campbell (1920s).

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