Hardelot (Les Pins) 18-hole course, built in 1934 by the renowned British architect, Tom Simpson, simply must be experienced. Rated in France’s top 10 courses, Simpson’s forest masterpiece is a challenge and a joy. Accuracy and distance are keys as you navigate the high tree-lined fairways and big bunkers well-guarded greens of this stunning championship course. Was played two times from white tees in the middle of July. At first look it‘s an old golf course with old club house and training facilities...and for sure with seniors golf players also. Golf course and surroundings have history and spirit. Very good feel to play here...from first to last hole. Views of surroundings are magnetic for eyes and calls to take a picture. Condition and maintence was high level. It‘s very challenging golf course except few holes (was played from white tees). Some par-4‘s holes have distance to pin more than 400 metres. Lovely 16th and 18th holes with ~428-430 metres from white tees! To make par is not easy here. My personal favorites was deceptive (distance sense) 7th hole, blind 9th hole and definitely 12th with downhill green, 15th with dogleg to right and options to play in various scenarius. At the finish is long par-4 hole and after that cozy restaurant (or looks like more pub) with tasty cold beer (Irish dark‘s was the best).
Concerning prices it is not cheapiest golf courses (you can use Open Golf Club Pass to save money), but worth all paid moneys! Service is average, buggies could be more modern (GPS and etc.). Actually buggy is not nessesary here, but pleasant in game.
As every golf course rating is always a subject with a lot of subjectivity, depending on various criteria and personal point of view to importance things, my personal opinion depends on following criteria: course complexity or challenging, fields condition (especially greens & fairways), service (only what you can get: buggie, club rent, condition of clubs, the amount of choice and etc. except staff and other subjective things that depends on your or staff mood), surrounding views or pleasure to the eyes and definitely value for the price. All criteries will be rating from 1 to 5 stars. My priority is challenging and value for price criterias. Les Pins gets:
1. Challenging - 5*
2. Condition - 5*
3. Service - 4*
4. Surroundings - 5*
5. Value for the price - 5*
Definitelly will be back next year.
Date: July 15, 2019