The northern coast of France is a splendid region for golf, with the likes of Golf Barriére de Deauville and Golf du Champ de Bataille just two of the fabulous golf courses to avail of. But to get a truly special feel for traditional and classic French golf, the first destination on your list should be the magnificent Golf d’Etretat.
Golf d’Etretat is found in stunning serenity along the edge of the cliffs of Normandy on the French coastline. The sumptuous coastal vistas out over the Bay of Etretat and the English Channel follow you around the course, with their undepending beauty obvious all year round. Few golf courses can truly compare to the unrepentant natural splendour of Golf d’Etretat and its marvellous locale.
The course plays like a splendid parkland jaunt through the countryside. With a heavy concentration of trees bordering the outskirts of holes, offering a natural path up fairways and onto the next hole, there is a somewhat soothing feel to a round at Golf d’Etretat. The large greens provide a fine target to attack from the fairways, but they are generally protected by some defensive bunkers on at least one side, ensuring precision trumps all on this course.
The location creates a natural links style of play to Golf d’Etretat, with the sweeping coastal breezes needing close attention at all times. The panoramic nature of the lands are stunning, and the occasional rising gust of wind while you tee off is simply the price you pay to enjoy such a natural marvel. The links game over the parkland course set against one of the world’s great backdrops? Golf doesn’t get much better than this.