France is soaked in culture, art, gastronomy, history and of course wines - making it a firm favorite for golfers and non-golfers alike. However, to be fair, until recently, golf did not top the list of items one expects to see and do in France. Not anymore. The 2018 Ryder Cup would be hotly contested on the Le Golf National in the outskirts of Paris, French golf is suddenly de rigueur. It will be the biggest golfing event to be staged on mainland Europe since the Ryder Cup visited the Costa del Sol in 1997.
With more than 550 golf courses in the region, and over 25 of Europe’s top 100 courses, the first of which dates back to 1856, France’s vast geographical size provides a range of different terrains and climates makes it a fabulous golfing destination. From Les Bordes, Europe’s number two course and the five star resort of Evian, one of Europe’s finest golf resorts, to charming provincial Golf clubs, courses in France are beautifully designed, well-maintained and offer great value.
With the advent of the Eurotunnel, the northern hamlets of Le Touquet and Hardelot have already become incredibly popular with British golfers. Driving a little further south, Paris has the obvious attractions but the surrounding area is home to some famous golf courses. Close by, historic Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley have championship quality courses and the regions draw tourists for its Celtic traditions, gourmet cuisine and old Chateaus.
From the Atlantic coast to the warm shores of the Mediterranean, France's South is a real favorite; great golf courses can be found around the fantastic vineyards of Biarritz and Bordeaux, while Provence and the Côte d'Azur are ideal for a golf holiday in the near-guaranteed sunshine.
This magnificent country of chic cities, quaint rural villages, grand châteaux, sophisticated beach culture and of course, legendary vineyards, has a romance, charm and attitude all of its own. April to September are the best months to travel in France. But the high season in July and August can get a little stifling. Irrespective of your time of travel, France is guaranteed to make you fall in love all over again, royally.