In fact, you probably didn’t know that golf in France started in Aquitaine. What’s more, golf in continental Europe started in Aquitaine! That’s right, Pau Golf Club(founded 1856) was the first course built in Europe outside of the British Isles. And Biarritz Le Phare (founded 1889) was the second! Seven of Aquitaine's 40+ courses date back to pre-war times.
Not only does Aquitaine have a rich heritage of golf, the pedigree is very high, with clusters of great golf courses around the Biarritz and Bordeaux areas in particular. You’ll also enjoy lower prices and less crowds than the South of France golf courses.
So, if you are looking for a memorable golf holiday, or you’re simply looking to sneak a couple of rounds in whilst on a family holiday, then Aquitaine is an excellent choice.
Five Reasons to Play Golf in Aquitaine
Each flag represents a cluster of local courses
You are spoilt for choice! Whichever corner of Aquitaine you find yourself, you’ll have at least one high quality course to choose from.
You can use the map (right) to see the courses listed. We’ve grouped them into geographical clusters so that you can identify the courses available in each location.
Our personal preference is the clusters near Biarritz on Basque Coast and the Landes Coast. It’s the combination of things you get here – several good courses in close proximity; a pedigree of golf; the ocean and mountains; the warm climate; the charms of the Basque Country. Oh, and the green fee discount if you buy the Biarritz golf pass!
The only course that we wouldn't recommend is Chiberta (Anglet-Biarritz): clients consistently feedback that it's over-priced and not well maintained. A shame as the location is fantastic.
You might also bump into José Maria Olazabal – he 's a member at Fonterrabie in San Sebastian around the corner in Spain and is known to often cross the border and play a round in the French Basque Country.
You might have guessed that there are golfers amomg us, so if you would like some advice about Aquitaine’s courses, please do call or email us
• The fresh pine forests of Moliets and a dip in the ocean surf after a round
• A round at Biarritz Le Phare – seaside town golf at its best
• The ocean and mountain views at Il’Barritz
• Lunch and a good bottle of Rioja at Arcangues club house
• The 18th green at Seignosse – you know it’s all over and your score can’t get any higher
The Biarritz Golf Pass has been going for some time now. It entitles you to 5 rounds for the price of 4. You can buy the pass at a participating golf club. Of the participating courses, Seignosse and Moliets the most impressive. All the courses are worth playing though.
If you want to buy a golf pass in advance this is now possible at Golf Pass - on their website you will see a choice of the Biarritz Golf Pass and the Kali Tee Pass.
Furthermore, our local partner, Biarritz Golfing Experience can arrange your tee-times and transport for you.
Also, launched in 2006, we now have the Médoc Golf Pass. This is a real boon as there’s a good cluster of courses around the area. Best of all is Golf du Médoc, a real gem of a course which has been used on the PGA tour in the past. Again, you can pick up a pass at one of the participating clubs.
A few of our holiday rental properties have teamed up with local courses to offer discounts on green fees.
Mer & Golf Villas at Moliets-Plage (see photo right) – 10% off green fees outside July & August
Mer & Golf Villas at Lacanau-Océan – 10% off green fees outside July & August
Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village at Lacanau Ocean - 10% discount off the regular green fee at Golf Ecole du Baganais which has a 9 hole course
Golfer packages are available at Biscarrosse's Mer & Golf site, including half-board meals at the smart club-house restaurant anddiscounted green fees.
There are also golf tuition packages available at these accommodation venues:
Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village at Moliets Plage
Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village at Lacanau Ocean
Golf in Aquitaine - very helpful site
Aquitaine Tourist Office - for brochures