The small coastal town of Saint Cyr sur Mer lies within the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, between La Ciotat and Bandol, where tourism plays a very important role in the local economy.
Tourist attractions include the beach at Les Lecques and the Musée de Tauroentum, where visitors can look at displays of old Roman artifacts. There’s also a scaled down replica of the Statue of Liberty in the town square, donated by Frederic Bartholdi, who constructed the original monument.
Ron Fream of Golfplan designed the 27-hole Golf de Frégate facility and it’s operated by the Dolce Hotels and Resort group, comprising the 18-hole Frégate course and the short 9-hole Frégalon course.Laid out on cliff tops overlooking the Mediterranean, with vineyards and olive groves surrounding the property, the tree-lined fairways of the Frégate course play to large, lightly bunkered greens that can be difficult to read when the wind gets up.
Nice location, decent golf course and condition, some holes have great scenery like the 3rd or the 10th, but the all experience is ruined by overzealous "marshals" pressing every game to be right behind the previous one in order to cram as many people on the course as possible. On a very windy day, for visitors playing the course for the first time you have to allow 4 hours 30 minutes, which is exactly what we did, but even then we had these guys come see us every 2 or 3 holes trying to tell us we were too slow. Very unpleasant experience, will not be back.
I loved this course, from the gentle start to fantastic par 4 17th it really was an enjoyable place to play. The course was in great condition with greens running true. We walked the course in 3 and half hours which is great, although beware of the climb from the 17th green to 18th tee.
I will start with the negatives which are that in my mind there are 2 really weak holes in the 16th and 18th and I don't believe 5 fits with the rest of the course. However the rest for me are all good to great with my favourite holes being 4 (don't go left off the tee), 10 (just be straight) and 17 (my favourite hole of the 102 holes played in 6 rounds in the South of France). 17 requires a straight drive, there is slightly more room up the left than you think from the tee as you prepare to hit the ball over the trees, and then the approach to a wide but not deep green is just as good.
Go play and see what you think.