Hossegor - South West France - France

Golf Club d'Hossegor,
Avenue du Golf,
40150 Hossegor,
France


  • +33 (0)5 5843 5699

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  • John S F Morrison, Cabell B. Robinson

  • R.Darrieumerlou


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Tucked away in the south west corner of France, near the Spanish border, Golf Club d'Hossegor is the perfect venue for golf and it is reminiscent of the sparkling heathland courses, which are in abundance to the west of London. With sandy subsoil, it’s a perfect all-year-round venue that winds its way across heather and through avenues of trees in a large pine forest.

Designed by Englishman John Morrison in 1930, this is a classic and historic Basque course that was frequented by the greatest French golfers of yesteryear. One of France’s all-time sporting greats, Arnaud Massey, was involved in the creation of Hossegor and he brought a wealth of golfing knowledge to the construction. He won the French Open for the fourth time in 1925 and was the first overseas Open champion in Britain – and one of only five men to claim the Claret Jug between 1894 and 1914 when the Great Triumvirate of Vardon, Taylor and Braid won the championship an astonishing sixteen times.

Cabell B. Robinson, an American designer and former Robert Trent Jones employee who broke away to set up his own golf course design company in 1987, has been involved in remodelling work at the course since the start of the new millennium. These changes – mainly to improve the visibility of fairway and greenside bunkers – have, in the words of the architect, “rendered the course less penal and more enjoyable for the general level of play of the resident members and visitors.”

The short par five 15th has been radically altered with the construction of a new, elevated putting surface at a slight angle to the fairway. As Cabell says, “three large bunkers to the left of the green must be carried if attacking the green in two, but there is an open entrance albeit narrow if a player chooses to lay up down the right side on his second or third shot. The overall effect was to create a more exacting par five where length was not a real factor.”

Further modifications to holes 16 to 18 are due to be carried out on an ongoing basis, certain tees are to be reconstructed throughout the course and all putting surfaces will, in the fullness of time, be revamped – all under the watchful eye of Cabell B. Robinson.

Residential development is changing the look and feel of Hossegor, but it will always be a timeless course.

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Description: Hossegor is the perfect venue for golf and it is reminiscent of the sparkling heathland courses, which are in abundance to the west of London. Rating: 4.3 out of 6 Reviews: 4

Quite liked this course but the pace of play is so so slow especially if you play in the afternoon. Very tight.....

4 / 6
Hossegor
September 18, 2017


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In my opinion, Hossegor is by far the best course in the area. While I was very disappointed with Moliets and Seignosse, Hossegor was surprisingly good. The course has undergone quite a lot of changes, but the character is still there. There was not really a weak hole and from an architectural point of view I have to rank the Par-5 15th among the best holes that I've played. The drive is blind an over a ridge and the well struck and slightly drawed tee shot will get extra bounce that makes the green reachable in two. The green itself is shaped like a horseshoe and you have to lay up smartly to gain the best angle into the day's hole location. Morrisson cleverly routed this hole near the end of the round
5 / 6
Hossegor
February 25, 2009


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JIM Morrison?? That' the bloke from The Doors Don't you mean John Morrison, Harry Colt's partner. Shame that yet another classic European course gets changed by a modern designed.
3 / 6
Hossegor
August 04, 2007


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Keith Baxter
August 05, 2007
Well spotted, we must have been listening to "Light my Fire" when we complied the Hossegor article. You are right, John S F Morrison was the architect behind the original design of the course… even though the Golf Club d’Hossegor website suggests it was designed by the lead singer of The Doors!
This is a lovely old fashioned course set in a heavily wooded area. Most of the holes are tree lined, many are quite tight but it has lovely golf holes and is a real pleasure to play. The course has a very British feel and has been around since the 1930s.
5 / 6
Hossegor
August 08, 2006


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