Best golf courses: France - North

Brittany has an exceptional coastline with many beaches, fishing villages and islands, a remarkable historical heritage to be seen in the towns and villages and some of the finest prehistoric landmarks in the world. Here is a rundown on the best golf courses in the north of France.

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Lille
Gayon, Michel

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Lille

Designer

Michel Gayon designed all three nines: Val de Marque (opened 2008), La Valutte (2010) and Rupilly (2014).

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

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Reims

Designer

Michel Gayon

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Boulogne
Rossi, Jean-Manuel

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Boulogne

Designer

French designer Jean-Manuel Rossi

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

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Boulogne

Designer

Joan Dudok van Heel

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

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Boulogne

Designer

French designer Jean-Claude Cornillot with Baron Paul Rolin (Belgium).

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

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Boulogne

Designer

Original design by Tom Simpson (1931); significant renovation by Frank Pont & Patrice Boissonnas (2013).

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

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Boulogne

Designer

Thomas Chatterton

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
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Boulogne
Hutchison & Campbell

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Boulogne

Designer

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

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Boulogne
Hutchinson, Horace

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Boulogne

Designer

Horace Hutchinson

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

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Lille

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Lille
Hawtree, Fred

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Lille

Designer

Fred Hawtree

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

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Boulogne

Designer

Harry Colt

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

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Rouen

Designer

Frederick W. "Fred" Hawtree

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
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Lille
Cornillot, Jean-Claude

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Lille

Designer

Jean-Claude Cornillot

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

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Le Havre

Designer

Willie Park Jr.

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

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Le Havre

Designer

Julien Chantepie, assisted by Arnaud Massy, laid out the original 13 holes. The course was revised by Didier Fruchet (1992).

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

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Lille

Designer

Bill Baker

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