Hossegor GC is a wonderful members course that has long been rated as one of the top ten courses in France.
Although it is sited near the sea, Golf d'Hossegor is essentially a heathland course with a sandy base, heather and gorse skirting the playing surfaces which are framed by dense tracts of pine forest.
A par 71, Hossegor is tight off the tee, but offers decent variation in lengths off different teeing grounds- thus catering for all. The course will suit the player who is reasonably straight, but not necessarily long.
The bunkering is attractive and strategic, and the more difficult rated holes require good control of line and flight to avoid hitting the sand on both tee shot and approach.
With large mature trees overhanging both sides of the fairway on all holes, the course is both protected, and a bit of a golfing sanctuary. It really is a lovely golfing experience and a really wonderful members course.
Favourite holes include the lovely uphill par 3 14th in its own little valley, the downhill turning par 5 15th, the classic par 3 second hole, and a number of dogleg
par 4 holes that required an accurate tee shot to give a clear shot at the classically styled greens.
The look and feel is very much London Heathland, and while I would not classify Hossegor as a championship course I cannot think of many courses that would be more enjoyable to play on a regular basis.
My only criticisms are minor. A lot of the par 4's were right to left dog legs requiring a mid iron second shot – I constantly hit 6 iron approaches.
Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.
Date: May 30, 2019