Horace Hutchinson originally designed the La Forêt course at Le Touquet and it opened for play in 1904. Lord Balfour, then the British Prime Minister, opened the course by cutting the traditional ribbon and then playing a round. The First World War destroyed part of the course, but it was soon restored so tournaments could once again be held on La Forêt. In 1958 Philip Mackenzie Ross was commissioned to renovate the layout.
La Forêt is set beautifully among pine trees which provides a calm and peaceful environment for all golfers whatever their handicap. It’s not as technically demanding as La Mer with wider fairways, but La Forêt has small and tricky greens which remain difficult targets to master.
At a touch over 5,800 metres, this is not the longest course you may play but the par four 13th must be taken seriously as it measures 421 meters and, as on La Mer, no resting on laurels here! A number of course improvements have recently been undertaken that include modifications to the 8th (stroke index 1) which now fairer. The 14th and 15th holes have recently been renovated including new greens for the 11th and 14th holes.
La Forêt is an excellent accompaniment to the more sought after La Mer and a further 9-hole course “Le Manoir” par 35 and 2,800 metres long, lies inside the routing of the La Forêt which is an ideal course for beginners. Le Touquet is certainly the complete golf destination.
This is definitely the lesser of the two courses but a nice round anyway. We have just finished 8 rounds in 8 days and of the courses we played I would rate this behind Wimereux, Belle Dune, the Hardelot courses and Touquet La Mer but ahead of Dunkirk and St Omer.
The course was in good condition and while there are some nice holes the start of the course 1-5 is a bit of a let down.
Additionally while we only ended up with a 4:15 round it took 20 minutes to play the first hole.
If you have one course to play in the area this is not it, but if you are away for a few rounds this makes for a nice opener.