Arcachon - South West France - France

Golf International d’Arcachon,
35 Boulevard d’Arcachon,
33260 La Teste-de-Buch,

  • +33 (0) 5 56 54 44 00

  • Clarisse Dagreou

  • Cecil Blandford

  • Philippe Testa

Golf was first played at Arcachon in the mid-1890s on the estate of the Exshaw family. In 1903, their 9-hole course was acquired by the municipality, allowing local golfers to play on what had previously been a private layout.

Over time, the popularity of golf declined and the club folded just before the start of World War II.

In the mid-1950s, moves were made to resurrect the golf club and Cecil Blandford – who worked on a number of post-war European golf projects with Peter Gannon – was called in to design a new 18-hole layout which opened for play in 1960.

Today, the course extends to 5,760 metres from the back markers, playing to a par of 72 (37 out followed by 35 in), with three par fives on the outward half contributing to a front nine that’s almost 600 metres longer than the back nine.

Highlight holes include the par four 8th and par four 13th (rated stroke index 1 and 2) where both fairways dogleg left to their respective greens. Also of interest is the last of the five par three holes at the 17th, which is also the shortest of the one-shotters on the card.

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Description: Golf was first played at Arcachon in 1895 but the club folded immediately before World War II. Cecil Blandford was tasked with the installation of a new 18-hole course in the mid-1950s, allowing Golf International d’Arcachon to rise like a phoenix from the ashes of the old club. Rating: 5.5 out of 10 Reviews: 2

Played there last november, and the greens were absolutely fantastic, the best ones I had played all year! The club has partnered with the Ryder Cup (golf national) green keeping team, and that shows! Some other restoration work was in place to tidy up all the water pieces. Holes 1-7 are great holes. The rest is a little more bland. 17-18 are even quite useless, it feels like they have been squeezed there to make the number...

June 01, 2022
5 / 10
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Nicholas Kjelgaard

You go downhill, play around the bottom for a bit and then come back up hill. Well it is a bit more than that.

Arcachon starts brilliantly 1 to 7 are really great holes. Standing on the 1st it is tight, but downhill and inviting. On the 2nd you have a long par 3 from height. The first 7 holes keep playing through the trees but with enough width that it is not imposing.

After 7 it opens up a bit and the course it less interesting, but there are still some good holes in there, 13 stands out and 14 is a big risk/reward hole. 17 and 18 play uphill to say the least, at the side of each hole they have a pulley to help you up if needed.

By the time you get to the 19th you have a really difficult decision to make, do you sit outside with a fantastic view of the country or do you sit outside with a fantastic view of sea. We went with the sea.

The course condition was great and the round was good fun definitely worth searching out of in the area.

April 27, 2022
6 / 10
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