Golf holidays in Aquitaine, France

Whether you want to play a round or two of golf on your holiday, or if you are staying in the area purely for a golfing holiday, we can help you. Alternative Aquitaine can arrange your self-catering accommodation near the best golf courses. Renting a house or a villa will give you much more space for all your golf equipment and give you space to park the car(s) too.

And through our local partners* you can fix up tee-times, provide transport to and from the course, and fix up a post-match dinner in a local restaurant.

*Local partner services are arranged and paid for directly between you and the partner
Why Choose Aquitaine For a Golf Holiday?
France may not be the obvious choice of destination for a golfing holiday. Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Scotland are probably more natural choices. 

However, golf is a boom sport in France and has been for 10 years or so now. Thankfully, it hasn’t picked up the snooty side of the game prevalent in some UK and US clubs – the French treat the game much more informally.

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.

Read Timothy O'Grady's excellent account of Golf in the Basque Country in Travel & Leisure Golf magazine, Oct 2007

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

  1. High quality golf courses - 5 are ranked in France’s Top 15 and the same 5 courses – Moliets, Médoc (Châteaux), Seignosse, Hossegor & Chiberta - are listed in Continental Europe’s Top 100*. Biarritz le Phare is used for the LPGA European tour  (*
  2. Buy a Biarritz or Médoc golf passand save money on green fees
  3. Courses are easy to reach – fly to Biarritz or Bordeaux in little over 1½ hours and face a 30-45 minute drive to reach a choice of courses
  4. Courses are much less crowdedthan the South of France, Spain or Portugal
  5. Enjoy the golfing heritage – there’s more to golf here than just a string of modern, ‘American-ised’ courses

Each flag represents a cluster of local courses

Which Courses Should I Play?  

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

Our Personal Highlights of Golf in Aquitaine

• 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



Golf Passes

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.

Holiday Properties With Green Fee Discounts

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





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