Essential guide to playing golf in France

France is one of the most popular destinations for golfers from around the world looking to tee off in glorious and idyllic surroundings.  It doesn’t matter the type of experience you are looking to have while over there – there really is something for everyone.  Crowd free fairways, beautiful countryside and stunning coastline along with great food and wine make it paradise for golfers.

Before you pack your bags and head out on the first ferry to France to get out on the green, it will probably help you plan ahead better for your trip by taking a look at our guide to getting the most out of your French golfing holiday.

What Should You Pack?

As there are around 500 golf courses in France, with various hole lengths and different terrain; it is probably a good idea to make sure you have a full bag of different clubs so that you are properly prepared for any situation you find yourself in.  This means that you should not try to be over confident and leave the sand wedge in the house.

Most of the golf clubs in France are maintained to a high standard and expect you to have a similar immaculate appearance.  With this in mind it is worth considering the clothing that you are going to take on your holiday.  This should include:

  • Bermuda style shorts for summer golfing breaks (many golf clubs have started accepting this form of attire in the last few years)
  • Clubhouse evening wear including a tie and jacket if you are a man
  • Golfing shoes
  • A casual shirt that’s not a t-shirt for me or top that is unstrapped and cover shoulders for men.

While it is important to look the part when visiting golf club, you should also pay close attention to acting the part too.  You should always use polite behaviour while on courses and play close attention to observing common decencies such as letting the faster and smaller groups play through.

Properly Plan Your Trip

Golf courses carry a lot of prestige, and this most true of those found in France.  This means that you should not expect to be able to just turn up to a course and club and be given a game without prior arrangement and planning.

While there are a large number of clubs that are open to non-members, many have especially set aside members-only days.  It I therefore always a sensible move to phone ahead and book yourself  a round, especially if you are intending on visiting during the summer season where there are peak numbers frequenting golf clubs.

It is also worth bearing in mind that most gold courses have their own hotels attached.  But, as these vary hugely in quality it is a good idea to research thoroughly and shop around for the best deal possible.

There are a number of companies specialising in golf holidays in France including Brittany Ferries who created this useful graphic showcasing the best golf courses to play in Western France.

The best golf courses in North West France

Image source: Brittany Ferries presents the best golf courses in Western France.