Top 40 Golf Courses of France 2014

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Top 40 Golf Courses of France 2014

Top 100 updates its French golf course rankings

13 January 2014

There are nearly 600 golf courses in France, more than Scotland’s Home of Golf can offer, yet there are many great French courses that are literally unknown by those outside the country’s hexagon.

Our French golf course coverage is still, unfortunately, wanting. We have nearly one hundred French courses on our shortlist, but we are currently only able to showcase forty-six on the Top 100 website. The reason for this is largely due to a lack of local knowledge and we’re hoping to remedy this shortfall in the not too distant future.

Les Aisses GolfThere’s little change at the top of our new Top 40 French ranking table for 2014, which is headed once again by the venerable Morfontaine. However, there is one Sologne course, Les Aisses, which makes a giant leap up the table thanks to recent restorative work. Architect Russell Talley told us “the owner’s brief for Hawtree Ltd was to re-create an old-style course reminiscent and inspired by the old heathland courses of the UK.” Consequently, fairways were enlarged, all tees and greens were remodelled, plus, among other work, new fairway bunkering was installed. Russell’s exclusive article is available on our Les Aisses web page, so click the link above if you’d like to read more.

Evian Golf ResortTwo new French courses enter the rankings this time round and most golfers reading thus far will be very aware of Evian, which occupies a delightfully scenic site overlooking the shimmering waters of Lake Geneva. It’s an overdue addition to our French table following its overhaul by Dave Sampson of European Golf Design in preparation for the staging of the first Ladies Major on the continent of Europe in 2013 – the Evian Championship.

Granville Golf - Links courseHarry Colt and Charles Alison originally designed Le Links at Golf de Granville, our second new French entry. Stuart Hallett is gradually restoring this Atlantic links and he told us: “I have been working with Granville since 2006, in order to progressively renovate the golf course. At that time, the course didn't look like an authentic links, and it certainly didn't play like one either. Our goal has been to revive the original character of the course despite some lost holes in the early 1990s.” If you want to read more about Le Links from Stuart, click the above link, but did you know that according to former golf magazine editors, George Peper and Malcolm Campbell, Granville is the only “True Links” course in France? I wonder if Chiberta feels a little aggrieved at being left out of the true links club?

In the heart of the Bordeaux wine region, close to the mediaeval town of St Emilion, there is a new course in the pipeline that one of France’s most influential golfing families, Mourgue d'Algue, are developing. The family behind the Peugeot and Rolex golf guides has commissioned Tom Doak to design the course, which will no doubt be a high flyer in all the ratings when it opens for play.

We always welcome feedback at Top 100 Golf Courses, so feel free to let us know what you think of our golf course coverage in France – there must be many other layouts in this country that are worthy of exposure on the Top 100 website?

Top 100 doesn’t claim to be “definitive” but we like to think we create the “most informed” golf course rankings in the business. If you’ve played any of our featured French courses, we’d love to know your thoughts, so why not post a course review?

Keith Baxter
Editor-in-Chief
www.top100golfcourses.com

2014

Course

Move

1

Morfontaine

No change

2

Les Bordes

No change

3

Chantilly (Vineuil)

No change

4

Fontainebleau

Up 1

5

National (L'Albatros)

Down 1

6

Prince de Provence

No change

7

Domaine de Terre Blanche (Château)

Up 1

8

Kempferhof

Up 1

9

Spérone

Down 2

10

Medoc (Chateaux)

Up 1

11

Seignosse

Up 1

12

Saint Germain

Down 2

13

Le Touquet (La Mer)

No change

14

Hardelot (Les Pins)

Up 4

15

Les Aisses

Up 21

16

Hossegor

Up 1

17

Joyenval (Marly)

Down 2

18

St Nom-la-Breteche (Rouge)

Down 2

19

Chiberta

Up 1

20

Courson (Vert/Noir)

Up 1

21

Moliets

Down 2

22

Barbaroux

Down 8

23

Limere

Down 1

24

Paris International

Down 1

25

Belle Dune

Up 4

26

Saint Cloud (Vert)

Down 1

27

Soufflenheim

Down 3

28

Nimes Campagne

Down 2

29

Pleneuf-Val-Andre

Down 2

30

Royal Mougins

Down 2

31

Pont Royal

No change

32

Lyon (Sangliers)

Up 2

33

Evian

NEW

34

Granville (Le Links)

NEW

35

Chateau de Taulane

Down 5

36

Albi

Down 4

37

Bondues (Trent Jones)

Down 4

38

Grenoble-Bresson

Down 3

39

Saint-Donat

Down 2

40

St Nom-la-Breteche (Bleu)

Down 1

Click the link to see the latest French Top 40 in detail.