French Riviera

France, Europe

French Riviera golf, known as the Côte d’Azur, does fashionable indulgence like nowhere else. The writer Somerset Maugham referred to the Cote d’Azur as a ‘sunny place for shady people’ adding to the region’s mystic. Despite Maugham, you don’t have to indulge in decadence to enjoy the south of France. It’s perhaps one of the most beautiful places on earth framed by the stunning blue Mediterranean and the foothills of the Alps. Artist like Matisse, Seurat and Signac came here to paint nature’s harmonious balance inspired by the region’s remarkable quality of light.  For day trips we recommend Nice for its old town and port area, glitzy Monaco, medieval Saint-Paul de Vence, Cannes famous for its film festival, and there’s always Saint-Tropez.

Hugging the Mediterranean coast in the southeast corner of France, the Rivera is 90 minutes by air from Paris. It includes the sovereign state of Monaco and extends from the Italian border east to Saint Tropez. The French Riviera gathers an impressive number of remarkable golf courses such as Royal Mougins, located 20 minutes from Cannes; Cannes Mougins, Four Seasons Provence with 2 new great golf courses, and Gary Player’s Chateau de Taulane.

Featured French Riviera Golf Courses

Le Chateau at Terre Blanche

Designed by the British Architect Dave Thomas it winds through pine and oak clad hills and valleys providing golfers with sweeping view of surrounding villages and the Southern Alps. A long and demanding course with several water hazards to test the skill of the advanced player. Le Chateau course is located at beautiful the Four Seasons Provence at Terre Blanche. It’s one of the best golf courses in France.

 

Le Riou at Terre Blanche

Also designed by the British Architect Dave Thomas, the course is slightly shorter than its neighbor (Le Chateau) but the terrain is hilly and the fairways narrow with many doglegs providing a challenging round. Occupying equally undulating and scenic terrain, the Riou also offers many wonderful views onto the surrounding mosaic of tree-clad hills and medieval villages. Le Riou golf course is located at beautiful the Four Seasons Provence at Terre Blanche.

 

Cannes Mougins

Opened in 1923, the Cannes Country Club was founded by prestigious members such as Prince Pierre de Monaco, Aga Kahn, or Baron Edouard de Rothschild. Its original design was signed by Colt and Simpson, the most famous architects in the twenties, and then redesigned by Thomas and Alliss in 1978. This sumptuous parkland course has hosted the Cannes Mougins Open 14 times. The club is set in a magnificent stone wall estate overlooked by an 18th century oil mill and surrounded by oaks, pine-trees and fields of jasmine. 

 

Royal Mougins

Set in a wonderful Provencal landscape, Royal Mougins is a private International Golf Club ranked as one of Europe's best. Robert Van Hagge created an exciting and spectacular golf course where club selection is a key point to keep the ball in play and avoid the water hazards. After golf enjoy a drink and take in the views from the French country style clubhouse.

 

Taulane

Chateau de Taulane is a challenging course that was designed by Gary Player and is set in the heart of Provence mountains 3000 feet above sea level. The course surrounds the chateau in a wild and natural landscape, offering spectacular views of the mountain ranges. Both the 9th and 18th holes end in front of the chateau with a huge double green defended by a water hazard.

 

Featured French Rivera Accommodations

Terre Blanche

Terre Blanche is the ideal choice for travelers looking to get away from it all, living in harmony with nature, whilst enjoying luxurious facilities and services and being nearby all cultural sites of Provence Côte d’Azur. Nestled in unspoilt lush nature and offering the best of authentic Provence, Terre Blanche resort is however easy to reach, a 35-minute drive from Cannes and 45 minutes from Nice International airport. The five-star hotel is designed like a Provençal village on a hillside, with 115 Suites and Villas each with a private terrace and a unique view over the surrounding nature and landscape.

 

Delivering the perfect combination of performance and enjoyment of the game, Terre Blanche Golf offers two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by ex-professional golfer and renowned golf course architect Dave Thomas: Le Château and Le Riou. The two golf courses are completed with the state-of-the-art Albatros Golf performance center, dedicated to golfers of all levels.

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