The Saint Endréol course is an early 1990s Provencal production from architect Michel Gayon, situated around fifteen kilometres inland from the Riviera, between Cannes and St Tropez.
The tree-lined fairways occupy a spectacular setting to the north of the Rocher de Roquebrune mountain, clinging closely to the contours as the holes wind around the meandering River Endre.
It’s quite a hilly track and elevation changes play their part in proceedings from time to time, none more so than at the signature par three 13th hole, which plummets sharply downhill to a peninsula green.
Measuring a healthy 6,169 metres from the tips, the course plays to a par of 72, featuring a strong run of par fours at the 15th, 16th and 18th (rated stroke index 5, 1 and 4), so expect a tough end to a round here.
This is a very nice course tucked away in the hills with some fantastic views from the elevated tees.
The keyword here is elevated as this is a very hilly course and walking the course was a bit of a task. Any warmer than 24C and a cart would be a must. The front nine is a fairly decent test but the back nine is a monster from the back tees. Long target golf with some serious elevation changes especially on #17 and #18 - add at least 2 to 3 clubs. Even the elevated par 3 #13 is +/- 200 yds and is all of that even with the elevation.
Overall the course condition was good but not spectacular - a little rough in places even though it is early in the season. The greens were fair and not extremely fast. I look forward to playing this one again - now with a little course knowledge and a buggy - the next time back in the south of France. It is a gem.