Golf breaks in Normandy
Just a few hours away by car from the UK, Normandy has long been a popular spot for holiday makers, but what about it's golf? Well, for those looking to play and stay Normandy boasts a brilliant and varied selection of courses as well as great hotels and of course, world class gastronomy.
Partly because of it's proximity Normandy is becoming increasingly popular area for British golfers, with fantastic accessibility from UK via Ferries and the Eurotunnel
Golfbreaks.com have been catering for golfers wishing to visit Normandy for a number of years, in fact, Normandy is their second most popular French Destination behind Northern France
So what makes Normandy such a popular destination. A good example to start with is Champ de Bataille, recognised by many as Normandy's best layout. It is located 28km North West of Evreux within the estate of the Chateau du Champ de Bataille.
The golf course is a 6,600 yard par 72 and meanders through mature trees with the occasional well placed water hazard adding to the difficulty. The greens and fairways are highly renowned for being in excellent condition. It can be said that this is one of the most difficult and beautiful golf courses Normandy and arguably France has to offer and In the Spring it has a particular charm when the course is blessed with blooming rhododendrons.
Normandy is also home to what is France's only true links course; Golf de Granville sits in the bay of Mont St Michel and is true seaside links, built into the dunes it offers all the challenges you would expect with links golf as well being a brilliant winter venue with it's sandy base.
Of course Normandy is famous for being the site of the D Day landings and if you want to mix your golf with a tour of the landing beaches and memorials, why not play Omaha Beach. A 36 hole course that is made from four loops of nine. It works it's way up and down rolling hills with stunning sea views and at one point you play along the cliff edge which presents you with an amazing view down to the fishing village of Port-en-Bessin.
Or you could play Golf de Dieppe-Pourville, a visually stunning course sitting high on the cliff tops above the channel. The course is the 2nd oldest in France having been created in 1897. At just 5,804 yards the par 70 golf course is quite short, but overlooking the sea it is notoriously tricky with the sea wind coming into play on several holes and thick pines lining the fairway on others.
These four courses are just a flavour of what Normandy has to offer. So, you might be wondering where is best to base yourself for a few days playing these fabulous courses.
The beach resort of Deauville is the most popular with an abundance of hotels, bars and restaurants as well as 2 casinos in which to try your luck. The neighborhood of Trouville offers a range of fantastic bistros and night life.
Deuville is only a 2 1/2hr drive from Calais and you could stay in the fabulous Hotel du Barriere, just a short distance outside of the town. The hotel features Norman architecture dating back to the early 20th Century and is perched on top of Mont Canisy providing superb panoramic views of Deauville and the English Channel. The hotel has also been re-furbished re-opening it's doors in April 2014.
Another brilliant place in which to base your stay is Saint-Saens Golf Hotel 3*, at just 1hr 45mins drive it is the closest resort to Calais and offers superb value for golfers. The hotel itself is a stunning 19th century Chateau which has 7 bedrooms and is further complimented by 13 modern rooms in the converted stable block.
There is golf onsite in the form of Golf de Saint-Saëns which is set in the 200 acre estate of the Chateau. It measures 6572 yards and has a charm of it's own as it meanders through heavily wooded areas, down a valley and back to the hill top plateau.
Normandy offers such a variety of courses and accommodation that it is impossible to mention all of it's delights in this article so why not head over to golfbreaks.com where you will find Normandy golf packages to suit all tastes and budgets.
Normandy offers a huge amount beyond it's great array of golf courses. It has a rich history, much of it very closely tied to the UK. For instance it is home to the a wealth of historic sites and artifacts. If you are planning a trip to Normandy you could visit the Bayeux Tapestry, depicting King Harold's defeat at the battle of Hastings or visit some of the amazing castles from the time of William the Conqueror.
More recent history includes the landing sites of the D-Day and the cemetries and memorials that offer a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made in the Second World War by allied troops in Normandy.
Visitors looking to learn more about D-Day and the battle of Normandy can explore old army bunkers, tanks and Atlantic Wall defences along the five beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.
Rouen is the capital of Normandy and the birthplace of impressionism, so if you are fan of works by Monet, Gauguin or Pissarro. Monet painted the Rouen Cathedral many times, which was a one point the tallest building in the world. Spectacular in it's own right is another good reason to visit Normandy's capital. >
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