France

France conjures up images of chateaux and vineyards, crusty bread and smelly cheeses, the Eiffel Tower, the Tour de France, even garlic and onions. The French people have an air of seductive sophistication with a twist of va-va-voom and a dash of je ne sais quoi.

In the 19th century Pau became popular with the British after a Scottish doctor proclaimed that the mild climate was good for the body and the soul. Naturally a golf course soon followed, in fact the first on the continent of Europe, which dates back to 1856.

With its varied landscapes and topography France is ideal golfing country and today there are more than 550 courses serving more than 360,000 affiliated golf club members. In 2018 the Ryder Cup will be hosted in France at Le Golf National's L'Albatros course. It will be the biggest golfing event to be staged on mainland Europe since the Ryder Cup visited the Costa del Sol in 1997. We last updated our French Top 100 rankings in February 2016, click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - France

Morfontaine (Grand Parcours)

1st France Ranking

Morfontaine remains a monument to Tom Simpson’s original design, although Kyle Phillips has recently made some minor changes to the course.

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Les Bordes

2nd France Ranking

There's a slight American feel to the golf at Les Bordes, both in terms of design and conditioning, but there is no doubting that you are in France.

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Chantilly (Vineuil)

3rd France Ranking

According to the old Big Bopper song, "Chantilly Lace had a pretty face and a wiggle in her walk". Golf de Chantilly is far more than a pretty face; it’s one of Europe’s most glorious courses.

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Fontainebleau

4th France Ranking

The Ile de France region has more golf courses than anywhere else in the country but they don't come much better than the delightful Golf de Fontainebleau.

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Prince de Provence - Vidauban

5th France Ranking

Founded in 1999 at Vidauban, Prince de Provence is a totally private golf course and it was designed by the full compliment of Robert Trent Joneses.

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Saint Germain

6th France Ranking

Host on numerous occasions to the French Open, Saint Germain is a delightful park course, which flows through avenues of majestic trees.

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Terre Blanche (Château)

7th France Ranking

Dave Thomas slipped the Château course at Terre Blanche Golf Club onto the Provence landscape like a hand sliding into a silk glove.

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Médoc (Châteaux)

8th France Ranking

Golf du Médoc is located to the north of Bordeaux, which everyone knows, or ought to know, is the world capital of wine and the Châteaux course is Bill Coore's 3rd solo design.

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Seignosse

9th France Ranking

A couple of kilometres inland from the Bay of Biscay lies one of France’s most beautiful and most challenging golf courses. Hidden in the forest amongst the Cork Oak and pine lies the stunning Seignosse.

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Les Aisses

10th France Ranking

The original design at Les Aisses was modern and occasionally eccentric, but Hawtree Limited changed all that in 2010 and the golf course now harks back to the Golden Age.

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