Barbaroux is set close to the French Riviera. It’s the prime location for golfers who want the warm Mediterranean sunshine on their backs. The Riviera has not only attracted golfers, but also some of the greatest modern architects have left their mark here, including Seve Ballesteros, Gary Player, Robert Trent Jones and the Dyes.
Pete and P.B. Dye (Paul Burke) – the father and son team – designed Barbaroux, and it’s the first Dye creation in France, opening for play in 1989. This is the course that created a stir and it’s still causing some controversy today. The reason for this is simple, the Dyes did some serious earth moving and the Barbaroux course is a potpourri of styles, which range from links-like holes with blind shots to US-styled target golf holes protected by water.
The amazing thing about Barbaroux is, despite all this variation, the course as a whole hangs together rather well and will certainly charm the extrovert in any golfer.
Although the course only measures 6,069 metres, Barbaroux is no pushover. Each hole requires thought and you can’t simply rely on good play to score well here. The contoured fairways can throw the best drives off line and into the rough, into water or into one of the many bunkers. Talking of which, the bunkers are numerous and some are cruelly deep and extremely punishing.
So, if you like variation, entertainment and interesting holes, Barbaroux is the course for you. Nobody could ever accuse Barbaroux of being boring.
I played here in nov 2017. Back then my hcp was 9 so i should have not enjoyed this difficult course too much. Nonetheless it s one of the few courses i have played in that i definitely won't forget. The course conditions were good, the greens were amazing and extremely fast. I have a special affection for Dye's courses and this is definitely one of the most peculiar ones he designed i have played in. I would personally pick Barbaroux over terre blanche, even though it s a great course with wonderful maintenance, any day of the week.
If you like a good fair test of golf on a course that is well prepared, in good condition and presents varied risk and reward this course is NOT for you. The design is crazy with some really ridiculous holes. There are blind drives, blind second shots, inadequate risk and reward meaning that as you cannot see the green there’s no option but to lay up. Personally I don’t think this golf course should have ever been built.
We played it in March 2018 and the condition was dreadful. One can accept greens treatments but it was difficult to find good grass on the fairways with large patches of mud, the first cut and semi was just weeds everywhere. It was a struggle to even play ‘preferred lies’.
For you to list this course above Taulane and Terre Blanche, both of which are beautiful and kept in very good condition, is a travesty.
Also it costs 75 Euro’s. I’m happy to pay good money for a good course and as a reasonable 7 handicap can adapt to most things, but in my opinion this is a complete waste of money. I reckon they will have to spend £0.5m to get this course into reasonable condition but that still will not get rid of the crazy holes.
The burgers in the clubhouse though were amazing. So if you are going to Barbaroux, don’t bother playing , just eat!
Just giving 1 ball to this Top course is not fair. The course, designed by Pete Dye, is really interesting and difficult. But that comes with this design for discussion is understandable. Personally, I really enjoyed the course and the condition of the course was okay, but not brilliant. There is much more potential. Hotel and restaurant can be recommended. In any case, it is worth the course to play when the conditions are better again. 5 balls.
I thoroughly enjoyed the round at Barbaroux, even if it did involve avoiding some thunderstorms. The course in general is in good condition, but like we found on a lot of courses the tee boxes need work.
In respect of the holes, I loved 5, 9 (with it's 81 yard deep green) and 14, but most of the other holes are good too. 3 would have made this group but having not played it before you just have no idea where the pin is, a marker in the trees behind would be good.
The course is extremely varied, and it feels like you could be on different courses with the variation. As much as I enjoyed it for the first time, it is this that would stop me returning and also drop this from a 5 ball to a 4.
I would however recommend a visit.
We loved this course. Certainly a hilly course and a good walk - but it is a walking course. From the white tees it is 6053 meters but there are further back tees not on the score card and the pro shop did not have the full distance from these back ´black' tees but must add approx 150m to the course.
Some of the Pete Dye railway sleepers need some TLC. For example the 11th is a short par 4 with water carry from the tee with water down the entire right side of fairway to green - sleepers supporting the bank of the fairway have collapsed into the water and odd posts in the water are now for birds , while the fairway is slowly collapsing near the bank. We note the comments previously on the 3rd and 4th holes. The 3rd is a short downhill par 5 which from the plateau of the fairway the hole drops away dramatically to the green below - an iron to the green which is reachable in 2. The 4th is a beautiful up hill par 3 139m , plays 1-2 clubs more , with a quirky tunnel to the right of the hole for buggies to drive through. We enjoyed the originality of these holes and did not find issue in the design. Get out of position and the score will mount .
No two holes on this course are similar and with a typical 'mistral' wind this is a tough course.