One of the best courses I played ever. This France‘s No.1 links style championship golf course La Mer has been Le Touquet Golf resort crowning glory many years. La Mer’s wild beauty is matched only by the force of the wind, which is an integral part of the course. 18 holes, 6430 meters, PAR 72 this course is challenging, exciting, and reserved for experienced players. Accuracy and distance are keys as you navigate the fairways and big bunkers well-guarded greens of this stunning championship course. Was played one time from white tees in the middle of July and want to back once more. Very good feel to play here...from first to last hole. Views of surroundings are magnetic for eyes and calls to take a picture in each hole. Condition and maintence was very high level. It‘s very challenging golf course. For example 2nd hole par 3 with narrow tee off from white to pin was 198 meters with front wind blow! Also around many tricky rough and to loose ball is not big deal. Three of par-4‘s holes have distance to pin more than 400 metres. Lovely downhill 11th with ~425 metres from white tees! Huge drive needed to reach comfortable approach. To make par is not easy here. My personal favorites was blind first shot 9th hole, deceptive (distance sense) 7th hole, blind 14th hole and definitely 15th par-5 with dogleg to right and options to play in various scenarius. At the finish is long downhill par-4 hole with memorable views. Actually all holes have a character.
Concerning prices it is not cheapiest golf courses in Le Touquet Golf Resort (you can use Open Golf Club Pass to save money), but worth all paid moneys! Service is good, buggies will be pleasant in game concerning distance, but I tried to walk play – more fresh feel of fairway grass and surroundings, actually I was tired a bit (uphill-downhill).
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. La Mer gets:
1. Challenging - 5*+
2. Condition - 5*+
3. Service - 5*
4. Surroundings - 5*+
5. Value for the price - 5*
Definitelly will be back next year.
Date: August 19, 2019