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.
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.