The Pines course at Hardelot is one of my favourite courses and has only improved with the renovations carried out by Frank Pont. The course winds its way through pine trees and has the added advantage of having a sandy subsoil which enables great drainage. Hardelot is relatively tight in places so accuracy from the tee is vital to navigating the course and if you can move the ball in both directions this will be an advantage. The bunkering is excellent, well placed but not overly penal and the greens have enough movement to keep you concentrated. Hardelot has many noteworthy holes, the 1st is a nice opening Par 5 which gives the player the chance to get off to a good start. Hole 5 is a fun short par 3 and the 9th is a tremendous par 4 with a well protected plateau green. The course finished with 3 great holes, the 16th a long par 4 with a raised green is a cracker and 17 is good par 3 set in the pine trees with a huge drop off on the left…this is tough hole to pick the club when windy. The tee shot at 18 sums up Hardelot, played though a narrow corridor of trees before a long iron to an undulating green set in front of the clubhouse. This is a wonderful golf course and well worth a visit.
Date: April 16, 2020