Golfing in Brittany & Normandy: Where glittering courses meet the shimmering sea
Located between the ports and beaches of Saint-Malo & Mont-Saint-Michel, Brittany and Normandy’s Emerald Coast boasts some of the finest golf courses and best hotels that Northern France has to offer, and with Golfy’s network of four fabulous golf courses you’re never too far from your next memorable round – and all at unbeatable prices thanks to Golfy’s network card.
WHERE TO PLAY
Golf des Ormes – 18 holes – par 72 – 6,471 yards On about sixty hectares, often in the forest, the course designed around the castle by Antoine d’Ormesson in 1988, played flat between the ponds, is very playful even if the small greens must be earned. Here, the whole family can have fun, relax, enjoy the site as well as the surroundings, from Combourg to the sea.
Green Fee: Public €79 || Indigo Card €59* (*high season)
Saint-Cast Golf Club – 18 holes – par 69 – 5,508 yards Born in 1926 between the beach and the pines, the Saint-Cast Golf Club grew in size in 1995 by extending onto the plateau. Since 2016, under the impetus of its director Philippe Lefeuvre, the club has undergone a major programme of works, beyond cosmetics. New tees, new greens, new holes including a pretty par 3 facing the sea, a revamped driving range, a redesigned clubhouse, almost a new golf course.
Green Fee: Public €75 || Indigo Card €56
Golf Club de Frehel – Sables d’Or Les Pins – 18 holes – par 71 – 6,004 yards Between Cap d’Erquy and Cap Fréhel, set back from the beaches of Sables d’Or, popular with the British, nine holes were created in 1925. The following year, the Golf Club de Frehel – Sables d’Or Les Pins was extended to 18 holes. After the war, a new design emerged on the moor, between trees, gorse bushes, heather and water features. On sandy ground, the course is playable all year round. The greens are impeccable even in summer. A few granite boulders protrude from the grass and are a haven for rabbits. Recently, the clubhouse has also been given a facelift. So it shines like an emerald…
Green Fee: Public €66 || Indigo Card €50
Golf de Granville – 18 holes – par 72 – 6,546 yards
Since 1912, the sea breeze has swept across the links at Golf de Granville. Stuart Hallett recently corrected a number of twentieth-century changes to Harry Colt’s historic design, restoring the original spirit of the layout. Since 1986, the 9-hole Dunes course, designed by Fred Hawtree in the spirit of the Links, has benefited from the same décor and maintenance as its predecessor. The courses have entered the zero-phyto era with pragmatism and realism, a success recognised by all. Behind the granite walls of a period clubhouse, the food is good, generous and friendly, just like this century-old club that is still young.
Green Fee: Public €85 || Indigo Card €64*
WHERE TO STAY
Domaine des Ormes*** At the Domaine des Ormes, there is something for everyone, from the hotel with its 45 rooms and 10 suites, to the 29 fully-equipped flats in the hotel residence.
Not forgetting the campsite, which has evolved considerably since the 1980s, the tree houses or the water huts – Tarzan or Robinson Crusoe, you have to choose! – or, the latest creation, the all-wooden and comfortable cottage huts, perfect for entertaining the family. At meal times, between the clubhouse, Madeleine’s, the bar of the Mill, the bar of the hotel, the Pink Cabin and the Cellar, there is a wide choice of dining options to suit every palate. The whole place, managed by Arnaud, Sonia and Séverine, the second generation of La Chesnais family, is ready to welcome guests from spring to autumn.
Hôtel de Diane**** About 15km from the Saint-Cast golf course ,and two minutes from the Sables d’Or golf course, the Hôtel de Diane,with its 48 recently renovated rooms, is ideally placed to relax before or after a round. Located just 100m from the beach, and 3km from Cap Fréhel, there is no shortage of beautiful walks to enjoy from the hotel doors. The rooms are beautiful, the wifi efficient, the breakfast buffet copious, and gourmet meals showcasing the best of local produce from both land and sea, the Hotel de Diane prides itself on its first-class service.
Mercure Granville Le Large**** In the heart of Granville, the Mercure Granville-Le Grand Large Hotel has everything you need to make the most of the town, its port, its beach, its shopping streets and even its casino, which is located opposite the hotel.
The decoration of the bedrooms and reception rooms pays homage to the locally born fashion designer Christian Dior, whose museum is just a five-minute walk away. Rooms overlooking the sea have a balcony with a view of the Chausey Islands, while on-site facilities include the solarium terrace, swimming pool, fitness centre and a relaxing spa.
To plan your next golfing break to Brittany and Normandy, visit www.golfy.fr and enjoy discounts and great savings on green fees and hotel bookings.