Best golf courses: France - Aquitaine

Golf in Aquitaine: Situated in the south-west corner of France, Aquitaine reaches Spain at its southern frontier. The Atlantic Ocean runs along the west coast of the region and the Pyrenees mountains are to the south-east.

Make the most out of your golf trip to Aquitaine. Look up the location of the golf courses on the map; it will help you with your planning to play the best during your holidays. To each golf course visited we have applied a rating. The scale, 5 (highest) to 2 (lowest), attempts to provide an indication of the golfing experience you can expect at each rated course. Hover your on-screen mouse pointer above the rating key hereafter to read our definitions.

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

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Bordeaux

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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
Doak, Tom

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Bordeaux

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Tom Doak

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Biarritz
Simpson, Tom

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Biarritz

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Tom Simpson

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

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Biarritz

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Robert Trent Jones Sr.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Bordeaux
Whitman, Rod

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Bordeaux

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Canadian designer Rod Whitman (who also worked with Bill Coore on Golf du Médoc's Châteaux course).

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

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Biarritz

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Robert von Hagge

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Biarritz
Fream, Ron

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Biarritz

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Ronald (Ron) Fream

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

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Bordeaux

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Donald Steel

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Biarritz
Morrison, John

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Biarritz

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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).

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

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Biarritz

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Rocky Roquemore

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

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Bordeaux

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Alain Prat

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

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Biarritz

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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.
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Bordeaux
Harris, John

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Bordeaux

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John Harris

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
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Biarritz
Colt, Harry

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Biarritz

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Harry Colt

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

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Bordeaux

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Cecil R. Blandford and Pierre Hirigoyen

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

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Biarritz

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Various architects have played their part in Pau's design, including Willie Dunn of Scotland.

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