North West France

We’ve grouped the regions of Normandy, Brittany, Centre and Pays de la Loire to create the North West area of France. There are many good golf courses to be found in the French North West but we’ve not yet completed our detailed review of the region.

In the north east of Normandy you’ll find a lovely, old-fashioned Willie Park Jr course at Dieppe-Pourville and further west at Le Havre there’s the Tom Simpson track at New Golf de Deauville that was extended to 27 holes by Henry Cotton. Further west in Brittany there’s the pretty coastal layout at Pléneuf Val André and to the south in the Loire you’ll find a lovely Henry Cotton designed parkland golf course at Golf de la Bretesche whose centrepiece is a delightful castle hotel that features in the Michelin Guide.

A few miles to the south west of Orléans in the Centre Region, you’ll find the jewel of the North West, which was the brainchild of Baron Marcel Bich (the man behind Bic pens). Texan, Robert von Hagge, designed Les Bordes on a day when he was at his most wickedly creative and it’s a must-play golf course that regularly vies with Morfontaine for the French No.1 spot.

Top 100 Golf Courses - North West France

Les Bordes

1st North West France - Best in Area

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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Description: 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. Rating: 5.5714285714286 out of 6

Les Aisses

2nd North West France - Best in Area

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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Description: 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. Rating: 6 out of 6

Granville (Links)

3rd North West France - Best in Area

The fairways at Golf de Granville date back to 1912, when a number of somewhat primitive golf holes were first laid out by local golfers amongst the Bréville dunes on France’s Atlantic coast...

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Description: The fairways at Golf de Granville date back to 1912, when a number of somewhat primitive golf holes were first laid out by local golfers amongst the Bréville dunes on France’s Atlantic coast... Rating: 5 out of 6

Dinard

4th North West France - Best in Area

Situated four miles to the west of Dinard, along the sandy shoreline of Brittany’s Emerald Coast at Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, the fairways of Dinard Golf Club date back to the late 1880s...

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Description: Situated four miles to the west of Dinard, along the sandy shoreline of Brittany’s Emerald Coast at Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, the fairways of Dinard Golf Club date back to the late 1880s... Rating: 3 out of 6

Limère

5th North West France - Best in Area

Limère is a modern, thoughtfully designed Cabell B. Robinson layout which opened for play in 1992 and can be enjoyed equally by golfers of all abilities.

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Description: Limère is a modern, thoughtfully designed Cabell B. Robinson layout which opened for play in 1992 and can be enjoyed equally by golfers of all abilities. Rating: 4 out of 6

Pleneuf-Val-Andre

6th North West France - Best in Area

Pleneuf-Val Andre is not long, measuring a little less than 5,900 metres from the tips, but the trick here is to keep keep the ball in play, wrestle with the fickle wind and negotiate many uneven lies.

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Description: Pleneuf-Val Andre is not long, measuring a little less than 5,900 metres from the tips, but the trick here is to keep keep the ball in play, wrestle with the fickle wind and negotiate many uneven lies. Rating: 4 out of 6

Sablé-Solesmes (La Forêt & La Rivière)

7th North West France - Best in Area

The architect's brief at Golf de Sablé-Solesmes was to create a golf course “of the very highest quality, carefully planned down to the smallest detail...

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Description: The architect's brief at Golf de Sablé-Solesmes was to create a golf course “of the very highest quality, carefully planned down to the smallest detail... Rating: 4 out of 6

Étretat

8th North West France - Best in Area

Set out along the chalk cliffs to the north of Le Havre, with spectacular coastal views of the English channel, the original course at Golf d’Étretat extended to only thirteen holes, where five of them were replayed in order to complete an 18-hole round.

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Barrière de Deauville (Rouge & Blanc)

9th North West France - Best in Area

Nowadays, the 18-hole layout of choice at l’Hôtel Barrière de Deauville comprises the 9-hole Rouge course and Henry Cotton’s 9-hole Blanc course but the 1931 and 1956 French Opens that were held here were played on the original Tom Simpson-designed Rouge and Bleu nines.

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La Domangère

10th North West France - Best in Area

With intimidating water hazards threatening at no fewer than thirteen of the eighteen holes at Golf de La Domangère, it’s easy to understand why this course is rated such a tough test from the back tees.

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