Beginner's Guide to Le Touquet
Thinking about a little golfing break this year? Look no further as this gem is one of our recommendations for this year.
Within a few hours you could be relaxing in this small coastal town which is located in Northern France in a region called Pas-de-Calais. Created in 1876 by the owner of the French newspaper, Le Figaro, it instantly became the holiday destination of wealthy Parisians.
Upmarket boutiques, luxury hotels and casinos were an attraction to the incoming Parisians. Today much has stayed the same whilst not forgetting delightful local restaurants and lively bars.
Our recommendations: Le Globetrotter Pub (the best pub in Le Touquet), La Matisse Restaurant and Chez Pérard (Seafood Restaurant)
With championship golf courses, great nightlife and less than an hour’s drive across the Channel, no wonder Le Touquet is our most popular French destination.
How do you get there?
The most popular method is travelling by Eurotunnel. This rail service departs Folkestone and arrives in Calais just 35 minutes later. For a more relaxed crossing, consider the P&O Ferries sailing from Dover to Calais.
Independent travel firm Lydd Air fly direct to Le Touquet but only through the months of July and August from Lydd airport in Kent. Flights are also available from Brighton City airport if the train and ferry is not your thing.
Where to golf ?
Golf d’Hardelot: Les Pins & Les Dunes make up this famous golf club. The courses are located 3 minutes drive from one another and both have their own clubhouse. Although relatively short, Les Pins, rated 83rd in the Golf World European Top 100, is an absolute gem. Les Dunes is arguably a lot more challenging with blind shots, dog legs and is significantly hillier.
Golf du Touquet: La Mer is the more famous of the two 18 hole golf courses, listed 47th in the Golf World European Top 100. Designed by Harry Colt, this true links is a real test of golfing ability. La Foret is the second course onsite yet still a very good challenge.
Golf de Belle Dune: 30 minutes down the coast, Belle Dune is cheaper than the previous two clubs. Half links and half parkland, this course is a real favourite.
Other courses include the links Golf de Wimereux, only 20 minutes from Calais, the Challenge Tour venue Aa Saint-Omer and Nampont Saint-Martin with its two 18-hole courses, Les Cygnes and Le Belvedere.
Where to stay?
Whether you’re on a budget or looking for something more up-market, there are plenty of options.
2* hotels:Hôtel Red Fox is our most popular hotel, conveniently located in the centre of town. Other options in the town centre include Le Windsor Hôtel, Hôtel Equinoxe, Hôtel Les Embruns. and the charming Nouveau Caddy Hôtel, highly rated for its personal service.
3* hotels: Located just outside the town, Le Manoir Hotel is the perfect golfer's retreat situated right next to the Le Touquet Golf Club. With its lovely restaurant and comfy bar area with snooker, this is consistently a best-seller. .The recently renovated Le Bristol Hotel is our town centre alternative and is exceptional value for money!
4* hotels: The sumptuous Hotel Westminster is elegant, luxurious, has a Michelin starred restaurant and a cocktail bar. Choose also from the modern Holiday Inn Resort, the central POL Hotel and, just outside the town, the Mercure Grand Hotel.
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