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NORMANDY

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ABOUT NORMANDY

The region commonly described as ‘Normandy’ covers a large and geographically very varied area and divides into ‘Upper’ and ‘Lower’ Normandy, for administrative purposes. In golfing terms, this means distinct destinations, as the distances involved, and sometimes small country roads, preclude a short break encompassing more than one of these areas. We concentrate on the best golfing country…in 2 distinct places:

The Alabaster Coast

The chalky white cliffs give their name to this area, in which seaside courses combine with Saint-Saens [30 minutes inland] to complete a ‘circuit’. Stay at Saint-Saens or Dieppe. The excellent motorway links from the short Channel crossing to Calais mean you can stop off on the way down, or back, to enjoy one of the more northern courses.

Dieppe is Normandy’s fishing hotspot, so you’ll eat well in a wide choice of restaurants in the town. Hotels in the town centre make evenings easy, no need to drive anywhere from this base…and its own historic golf course is a few minutes along the coast.

Half an hour from the coast, The Chateau du Vaudichon at Saint-Saens, with rooms upstairs and a newer block, in coverted stables in the grounds, offers a great stay and play destination. Good half-board option and ideal for a group of any size. The town is small, and offers no real night-life, but you are in lush Normandy countryside.

Around Deauville

Chic and busy, the beautiful beach resorts of Deauville and Trouville will often leave visitors open-mouthed with delight. You have plenty of golf choice and ideally placed hotels, on the Deauville course, and in the town, if you prefer. In and out of the main summer season, when Deauville is the preferred destination of hordes of Parisians, there is lots to do in the town. The seafront, Casino, horse-racing and boutiques all have their attractions.

Normandy is proud of its links with the British, through peace-time and wars. The region produces fine apples, Calvados, cheese and cream, used to create some of the typical menu items.

Whichever base you choose, you will quickly see evidence of long-standing links between Normandy and the British Isles, and our travelling golfers.

Still relatively unspoiled, even if frequently revisited, Normandy offers fantastic fish and sea-food, wonderful dairy produce, rolling countryside and beautiful coastlines…oh, and golf!

NORMANDY HOTELS

Hôtel du Golf Barrière
Deauville   170 Rooms + Suites  

A top hotel, peaceful location overlooking the golf course. Superb amenities, on-site and in surrounding chic beach resort of Deauville. Opportunity to discover other Normandy courses during your stay.

Details: Le Lassay restaurant offers gourmet dining. As the golf is also on the doorstep, choose to eat in the Deauville clubhouse. Guest rooms reflect the styles of Normandy and are extremely well equipped. Hôtel du Golf Barrière – Deauville is away from the from the bustle of the town centre but close enough to enjoy the pleasures of Deauville , including the boardwalk, casino and racecourse. Hotel offers exceptional views of the Normandy countryside, Trouville, and the Bay of the Seine.

Hôtel de l'Europe
Dieppe   60 Rooms  

Just a couple of minutes from the centre of Dieppe, spacious rooms all overlook the sea. Provides an ideal place to stay, for the coastal courses, and just ½ hour from Saint-Saens.

Details: Hotel has been fully refurbished, and offers airy, open spaces in public areas [lounge, bar and breakfast room]. Comfortable and a great location for a few days. Dieppe is still a fishing port, so plenty of fresh fish on offer in the town’s bustling restaurants, just a short walk away.

Hotel Aguado
Dieppe   56 Rooms  

A family run hotel, for 3 generations, in the town, but not all rooms have sea-view. You will be welcomed and comfortable here.

Details: Like its sister hotel, the Europe, this hotel has been lovingly renovated, and its décor reflects a variety of themes. All rooms soundproofed. Ideal location for golf, just a few minutes along the coast road.

Golf Hôtel de Saint Saens
Saint Saens   20 Rooms  

In the heart of the course, the lovely Château de Vaudichon, a 19th century lodge, is now a spacious yet cosy hotel. The ‘Eawy’ forest is all around, renowned for its beech trees, throughout France! The restaurant is called ‘Restaurant l’Entre Pôtes [‘amongst mates’] and offers good food and a friendly atmosphere.

Details: 7 large bedrooms are in the château, which houses the clubhouse and bar for the golf, as well as restaurant. 13 other rooms nearby in the converted stable block. Some rooms can take up to 4 people. The Hotel du Golf de Saint-Saëns is open from March through to end October. Half-board and golf-inclusive options available. Ideal for ‘play and stay’ breaks amongst your club-mates.

Hôtel Le Fer à Cheval
Trouville   34 Rooms  

Just 50 metres from the beach and casino, a friendly welcome and comfortable night awaits at this family-owned hotel, right in the heart of Trouville, with its many restaurants and bars…and Deauville just a short walk away.

Details: The owners are ‘patissiers’ so you get a great croissant and good buffet breakfast! Super welcome and ideal if you’re not looking for a big, swanky hotel. Access to several courses is easy by car.

NORMANDY GOLF COURSES

Golf de Saint Saens
 5905m    Par 70

Landscape: Laid out next to the Eawy Forest, the course commences with five flat holes with water, then moves on into woodland & then into open countryside, finishing with 17 & 18 back in the woods

Description: Varied terrain. Well maintained, especially the greens.

Facilities: On-site hotel, which is also clubhouse, bar & restaurant

Our view: Friendly welcome for our customers. Offers very good golfing value, especially if you take advantage of the room, half-board and golf package.

Golf de Dieppe Pourville
 5804m     Par 70

Landscape: Clifftop, but mostly flat parkland. some holes open to the elements

Description: 1897 Willie Park design. Wide fairways, small greens

Facilities: Older, members’ club. Friendly clubhouse with restaurant

Our view: One of the oldest clubs in France, ‘lovely’ on a fine day!

Golf d'Etretat
  6073m     Par 73  

Landscape: Clifftop links, splendid views

Description: Well maintained, easy walking, apart from one steep downward path.

Facilities: Modern clubhouse serves decent midday meals, bar.

Our view: Another course which is over 100 years old and affords spectacular views over the rugged cliffs, across the Channel and the small town of Etretat. Has to be done.

Golf de Deauville Saint-Gatien
  Red     3198m     Par 36
  White     2977m     Par 36
  Yellow     2956m     Par 36

Landscape: Set on banks of the Seine estuary, woodland and undulating

Description: 3 9-hole loops, one in an old orchard, views over Seine estuary

Facilities: 18th century clubhouse, with restaurant. Practice facilities.

Our view: We enjoyed both the golf and the lunch. A few ‘simple’ holes, but do not spoil the overall impression.

Golf Barrière Saint-Julien
  6035m     Par 72

Landscape: Parkland within a conservation area

Description: Number of blind holes and water hazards, but suitable for all, Splendid views over typical Normandy landscape.

Facilities: Converted manor house acts as clubhouse. You will enjoy the setting, especially in summer. Practice. Short 9 holes, too.

Our view: Suits all levels of golfer, varied terrain and Pays d’Auge country is the home of Calvados..need we say more?

Golf Barrière de Deauville
  Red & White     5988m     Par 71
  Blue     3038m     Par 36

Landscape: On a hilltop, outside Deauville, good views

Description: 3 9-hole loops, designed by Tom Simpson and Henry Cotton. All set within a superb park, affording views of sea, town and countryside

Facilities: High standard club, which has many members’ and visitors’ events throughout the golfing season. Excellent facilities, with hotel on site

Facilities: The red and white nines make up the championship course, here there are no water hazards, but well placed bunkers and quick greens make scoring difficult. The Blue 9 winds through Normandy countryside.

Golf du Champ de Bataille
  5987m     Par 72

Landscape: Woodlands and rhododendron-lined fairways.

Description: Designed by Robin Nelson and landscaped by Thierry Huau in 1988, this beautiful course winds through the woods, with the castle as backdrop

Facilities: Lovely clubhouse with all ‘mod cons’ including food, bar, pro-shop.

Our view: Two steep walks, not for the fainthearted. This course is one of the best and most beautiful courses in Normandy, to which we are always happy to return.

Golf Houlgate
  5866m     Par 71

Landscape: Set in an ancient park, bit up and down, as winds along sloping valley

Description: Not long, but challenging enough for all levels.

Facilities: Old, Normandy timbered clubhouse, terrace in fine weather. Cosy, rather than fancy. Limited food.

Our view: Welcoming staff. Good views. Don’t be put off by the undulating terrain.

Golf Club De L'Amiraute
  6089m     Par 73

Landscape: Set in the Normandy countryside on 2 flat plateaus, one higher than the other.

Description: Plenty of water, Florida-style, well-maintained modern design

Facilities: Old stud farm, transformed into modern facilities. Good restaurant, terrace with views over the valley and every convenience

Our view: Interesting layout and the modern sculptures around the course leave little to your imagination.

Golf Club Omaha Beach
  La Mer     6166m     Par 72
  Le Manoir     5995m     Par 71

Landscape: Woodland, water and sea are the themes at this complex.

Description: La Mer course, as its name suggests, runs down to the edge of the cliffs, afforting great views of the fishing village of Port en Bessin and the ocean beyond. The course then turns inland. Le Manoir course is set in wooded countryside, with some lakes, creating hazards.

Facilities: On-site Mercure Hotel, clubhouse and bar. Full practice facilities.

Our view: This is a nice setting, the 2 courses providing every possible challenge to the golfer, and can be combined with a WWII history tour.

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