Normandy: Love the land, live the life…and enjoy great golf! Normandy has that certain 'je ne sais quoi'.
With a 600km (373-mile) coastline bordering the English Channel– or La Manche, as it is known in France – this most beguiling of French regions has long tempted visitors from near and far. Hardly surprising, given the allure of its stunning cliffs and beaches, historic towns and cities, picture-postcard villages and its celebration of food and drink, quite apart from the infectious joie de vivre of its inhabitants.
Normandy has also attracted visiting golfers for more than a century and today offers a choice of over 30 courses spread throughout the region, two dozen of them offering at least 18 holes.
Normandy is very accessible, by sea, air and land. It has four ferry ports with regular cross-Channel services from England and Ireland. Paris and its airports are an easy drive away and there are also flights to regional airports in Normandy and near Paris. The Channel Tunnel terminal at Calais is another handy option from the UK and fast trains go from Paris to the region’s main cities, connecting with Eurostar and high-speed rail services from neighbouring countries. Fast autoroute motorways and national roads make getting around the region quick and easy, too.
Once there, golfers will find a host of excellent courses to play, some of them designed by renowned architects past and present, including Harry Colt, Willie Park Jr, Tom Simpson, Henry Cotton and Dave Thomas. The PGA European Tour’s Challenge Tour even comes to Normandy, for the annual Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge at the Golf PGA France du Vaudreuil. Settings for courses range from spectacular clifftop and seaside locations, including one of France’s few links courses, to rolling parkland, dense woodland and the Seine Valley, close to the meandering river.
Golf is remarkably good value in Normandy, particularly through the Normandy Golf Pass, which offers combined green fee packages for nine of its best courses.
A golfing Norman conquest is bound to leave golfers with a great impression.