The 18-hole course of La Mer, at Le Touquet Golf Resort, has obtained 7th position in France by the prestigious magazine Golf World !
The 18-hole course of La Mer, at Le Touquet Golf Resort, has obtained 7th position in France by the prestigious magazine Golf World.
Designed in 1931 by the famous British golf architect and landscaper Harry Colt, La Mer is a links, a course near the sea and between the sand dunes of the Opale coast, region where most of the oldest French golf courses are located. Partially bombed during the Second World War, the course has hosted many national and international tournaments, including six editions of the French Open. Some of its holes were redesigned and renovated between 2014 and 2017 by golf architects Patrice Boissonnas and Frank Pont. La Mer is notably favoured by British and Belgian golfers, because of its proximity with Calais and the Eurostar, as well as with neighbouring Belgium.
The whole of the Touquet Golf Resort, which includes the three golf courses and Le Manoir Hotel, was elected 3rd best golf resort in France. Family home of Allen Stoneham, founder of the golf du Touquet, Le Manoir temporarily became the club house after war bombardments, before being converted into a hotel. Its bar and restaurant were renovated in 2017 by architect Stéphanie Cayet, and welcome the guest in an elegant, warm and subdued atmosphere. A part of the rooms was also renovated in 2021. Located in front of the golf club, guests can also enjoy a swimming pool, bikes, a snooker table and conference rooms. Residents benefit of a 40% discount on greens-fees at the Golf du Touquet, but also for greens-fees at the Golfs d’Hardelot, just a few kilometres north.
A 25-minute ride from the Golf du Touquet, the 18-hole course Les Pins, at the Golfs d’Hardelot, was elected 10th best in France by Golf World magazine. Designed in 1934 by architect Tom Simpson, and located at the heart of the forest, it offers long hilly holes with varying widths, shaded by the tree line, as well as stunning sunsets. The scent of the pine trees mingles with the ocean breeze, the coast being merely a kilometre away. This Par 73 is known in Europe for its technicity, and attracts many international golfers. The second 18 holes of the Golfs d’Hardelot, called Les Dunes and designed in 1988, was ranked 45th. A Par 69, this course opened in 1991, and is dotted with bunkers and dunes. It certainly is also a challenge to experienced players.