Saint Endréol - South East France - France

Les Domaines de Saint Endreol Golf & Spa Resort,
300 route de Bagnols en Forêt,
83920 La Motte,
Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur,
France


  • +33 (0) 4 94 51 89 89

  • Frederic Thuboeuf

  • Michel Gayon

  • Jean-Louis Cassellla

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.

The following edited extract is from France’s Most Beautiful Courses by Jean-François Lefevre: “The strength of the course is that it immerses the player in the natural surroundings, preserved for the moment at least, from this region’s encroaching property development. It comprises a walk of over six kilometres amidst pine and broom trees to the heady chirruping of the cicadas: one turns one’s back to the Mediterranean for a moment and the horizon is filled with the Rocher de Roquebrune, the Rouet hills and the mountains of the Haut-Var.”

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.

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Description: The signature hole at Les Domaines de Saint Endréol Golf & Spa Resort is without doubt the spectacular downhill par three 13th, played to a peninsula green that juts out into the River Endre. Rating: 7.5 out of 10 Reviews: 2
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Johnathan hubbard

We played here 11 years ago and it was lovely to return for afew days. St Endreol has elevations , climbs and slopes and some wonderful views of surrounding Provence countryside. Its a good walk ! and it can be hot ! You play in isolation with no nearby properties. Considering the terrain the course is an architectural success . No two holes are the same and the conditioning is good, with excellent greens. The course is laid out in 2 loops , the front 9 to the left of the clubhouse and the back 9 to the right. The par 4’s on the front are not long but require precision to keep the ball in play. There are 2 good par 3’s , the 6th at over 200 yards to a back pin feels. narrow from the T and has a long narrow green with drop off to the right with a bunker along its entire length, and banking to the left with trees . The 8th is around 170 yards slightly uphill with drop off at the front and sides and frequently plays against the breeze. The 9th is the longest of four par 5’s at a fraction over 550 yards, dogleg to the right with an elevated green for the approach. and returns you to the clubhouse. The back nine , flows beautifully and the holes by the river are special (12-15). 13 is perhaps the signature hole par 3 and is very elevated from the T and plays over water to the green. 190-200 yards which without wind plays around 40 yards shorter than the yardage . 14 (par 5) and 15 (par4) play alongside the river , are good holes which apparently can flood in winter. 17 (425 yds) is uphill all the way and plays much longer than its length and 18 (382 yds) is a good par 4 finishing hole with an elevated green just below the clubhouse for the approach. The course plays from the white tees at its longest (5800m) , sadly the black back Tees have not been maintained and are in a state of disrepair. Currently Provence is in a heat wave with 35c + in May and has imposed watering restrictions for gardens , and limited times for golf courses to water which probably explains the longterm neglect of the back Tees when few play from them .

Staff in the clubhouse are very friendly as are the locals and the restaurant is excellent. All in all a lovely isolated place to play golf

May 28, 2022
7 / 10
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Jeff

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.

May 13, 2018
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