Golf de Wimereux is located a mere 20 kilometres from the Channel Tunnel and the course itself is routed across a finger of linksland adjacent to the English Channel.
Originally laid out in 1901, the course was redesigned by Guy Campbell and Cecil Hutchinson after the First World War, but the layout has been changed many times since then.
Wimereux now measures a touch under 6,200 metres from the back tees and it represents a stern challenge when the Channel winds funnel across the course.
Outside Britain and Ireland, there are few true links courses but Wimereux can rightfully lay claim to its links pedigree. Once the home to French and British gentry, Wimereux has a rich history and the club has played host to many important championships.
The narrative for this course at the top of the page states “the layout has been changed many times” since the Great War, when Guy Campbell and C.K. Hutchison redesigned the layout. Well, that’s exactly the feeling I got when visiting here last week.
On returning home to examine the club’s excellent history section on its website, it mentions a “Mr. Lévrier chosen as architect for the design of a new course which has 9 holes on the sea side and 9 holes on the countryside” in 1957.
Additional land was acquired in 1990 to lay out holes 1, 5, 17 and 18 and they now sit between a loop (2nd to 4th) at the north end of the course so I imagine these three holes are even newer.
Unfortunately, these four 1990s holes are set out on the same northeast-southwest orientation as most of the others on the main part of the property (holes 6 to 16) so there really is a feeling of going back and forth across the same landscape.
I rarely criticize course conditioning but many of the fairways were in really poor shape (presumably through lack of fairway irrigation) and if Wimereux is regarded by some publications as a links then it certainly didn’t play like one, with scant regard to the grasses required for such a classification (to say nothing about the pond to the front right of the home green).
The Biarritz green for the 175-metre 6th was one of the best I saw on my trip, and placing the tee for the par three 12th on top of an old concrete defence position built by the occupying German army in World War II is certainly a talking point but the overall playing experience at Wimereux left my sadly underwhelmed.
Wimereux in a slightly underrated course. Links golf with the white cliffs of Dover on the horizon!
Compact lay-out, good green complexes, well maintained. Sometimes a bit rough on the edged maybe, but never to much.
Nice little clubhouse for drinks and snacks.
When combined with Hardelot, Touquet & Belle Dune you have a 5 star golf experience!
A strong 4-ball review for this very good links layout, one of the only two real ones in France with Granville. Despite poor fairway conditions, greens and their surroundings were really excellent, running fast and true
A few holes reminding me the New Course in St Andrews, strategy first !
Nice views on the Channel Sea and Dover cliffs
Highly recommend !
This was a great fun links (sort of) course with some stunning views across the Channel.
I played in a strong wind and the greens were quick which made scoring here very difficult. Nevertheless, this was a true and honest test of golf.
The first hole is a tough, blind and uphill par 5. You quickly realise how undulating this piece of land is and how difficult this is going to be! 2 is one of the best holes here - a long downhill par 3 with trouble all around.
3 and 4 are both strong par 4s coming back up the hill.
The rest of the course is now laid out ahead of you and you don’t have the blind shots that you had on the other holes. However, these are mostly good links-like holes - my favourites being 13, 14 and 17. These are the toughest holes in this bunch (2 long par 4s and an uphill par 5) and you don’t get much respite in between.
Definitely recommend coming to this course. The views are stunning and the golf is pretty good too!
We played Wimereux on a lovely warm day in June and the course was in great condition. The stand out part of the course were the greens which were quick without being lightening fast and ran very true. I thought as a rule the par 3s were great with the 2nd being my favourite.
There were two points however that stop me rating this a five 1. the bunkers have far too much sand in, it is like playing out of a kids sand pit and 2. The semi rough needs to be slightly wider and slightly longer. The course is a true links and therefore there are bounces on the mounds in the fairway that send the ball left and right, however the ball always then seems to go straight through the semi rough and into the really long stuff. If they sorted these two pieces then it is a bang on 5.
I did thoroughly enjoy the round though and would recommend it to any links lovers out there.
In the early 90s, the club had no irrigation, so playing it during a dry summer felt like going back to the early days of the game of golf. It is also a treasured personal memory, because it was here, at Wimereux, I got to appreciate the value of the ground game, of using the contours of the land to bring the ball close to the flag rather than artillery practice with short irons.
These days Route d’Ambleteuse has become Avenue Francois Mitterrand and the club has also moved with the times. What you still get is undiluted, fun links golf with no fuss whatsoever. Therefore, you could do a lot worse than putting Wimereux and Le Touquet La Mer at the top of the list for your next golf week-end. Could easily have given it 5 balls for sentimental reasons, but I feel that a strong 4-ball rating is definitely motivated.