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France conjures up images of chateaux and vineyards, crusty bread and smelly cheeses, the Eiffel Tower, the Tour de France, even garlic and onions. The French people have an air of seductive sophistication with a twist of va-va-voom and a dash of je ne sais quoi.

In the 19th century Pau became popular with the British after a Scottish doctor proclaimed that the mild climate was good for the body and the soul. Naturally a golf course soon followed, in fact the first on the continent of Europe, which dates back to 1856.

With its varied landscapes and topography France is ideal golfing country. In 2016 the number of French courses reached 600, serving more than 400,000 affiliated golf club members.

In 2018 the Ryder Cup was hosted in France at Le Golf National's L'Albatros course. It was the biggest golfing event staged on mainland Europe since the Ryder Cup visited the Costa del Sol in 1997.

We last updated our French Top 100 rankings in January 2020, click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - France

Morfontaine (Grand Parcours)

1st France Ranking

Morfontaine remains a monument to Tom Simpson’s original design, although Kyle Phillips has recently made some minor changes to the course.

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Les Bordes

2nd France Ranking

There's a slight American feel to the golf at Les Bordes, both in terms of design and conditioning, but there is no doubting that you are in France.

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Chantilly (Vineuil)

3rd France Ranking

According to the old Big Bopper song, "Chantilly Lace had a pretty face and a wiggle in her walk". Golf de Chantilly is far more than a pretty face; it’s one of Europe’s most glorious courses.

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Fontainebleau

4th France Ranking

The Ile de France region has more golf courses than anywhere else in the country but they don't come much better than the delightful Golf de Fontainebleau.

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Prince de Provence - Vidauban

5th France Ranking

Founded in 1999 at Vidauban, Prince de Provence is a totally private golf course and it was designed by the full compliment of Robert Trent Joneses.

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Hardelot (Les Pins)

7th France Ranking

Close to the Edwardian seaside resort of Hardelot in the Pas de Calais northern region of France lies the beautiful golf course, Les Pins. It's set amongst the dunes and a glorious pine forest.

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Terre Blanche (Château)

8th France Ranking

Dave Thomas slipped the Château course at Terre Blanche Hotel Spa & Golf Resort onto the Provence landscape like a hand sliding into a silk glove.

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Le Touquet (La Mer)

9th France Ranking

Le Touquet's stunning sea course, La Mer, is one of C.H. Alison's greatest achievements. It’s a classic links course that winds its way between the coastal dunes and rough grasses.

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Seignosse

10th France Ranking

A couple of kilometres inland from the Bay of Biscay lies one of France’s most beautiful and most challenging golf courses. Hidden in the forest amongst the Cork Oak and pine lies the stunning Seignosse.

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France Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Olivier Sauberli Courses Played 66
2 GLOAGUEN Courses Played 55
3 François Gacougnolle Courses Played 45
= Frederic Vooght Courses Played 45
5 Yvan Morel Courses Played 34
6 Brian Ward Courses Played 33
7 Georg Kittel Courses Played 32
= OLIVIER VILLALON Courses Played 32
9 Jim McCann Courses Played 28
10 Helmut Baeck Courses Played 27