Golf courses in Brittany

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Where to play golf in Brittany ? The detailed guide of all the golf courses in the region

Golf courses by department in Brittany - Golf courses & hotels - Golf stays

Playing golf under the sea spray of the raging seas of Brittany 

From Saint-Malo to La Baule, the Breton golf courses have found refuge on the hundreds of kilometres of jagged coastline bathed by the stormy waters of the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean. 

And the Couesnon in its madness put the Mount in Normandy". This saying is proclaimed when crossing the bridge over the river separating Brittany and Normandy makes the Bretons laugh yellow. Without this caprice of nature or the administrative division decreed by technocrats, the Mont Saint-Michel would have been attached to Brittany, which would have added this architectural masterpiece to its catalogue of wonders. In the south, Brittany was also administratively amputated from NantesNantes was the seat of the Dukes of Brittany from the 15th to the 18th century. Nantes became by default capital of the region of Pays de la Loire.

For a handful of kilometers, the Couesnon put the Mont in Normandy. The eyes of the proud Bretons then turned to the port of Saint MaloThis is the embodiment of its long maritime history. From this fortified port located at the mouth of the Rance river, ocean racers left, free, with no ties except for honour and money. Proud privateers like Surcouf or great explorers like Jacques Cartier. Intrepid fishermen who sailed for months on end to bring back cod from Newfoundland. Today, it is further south, in the port of Trinité-sur-Mer, near CarnacIn this way, we can find this pool of intrepid sailors, more peaceful but always in search of new exploits.

History and Tradition at the Dinard Golf Club 

On the west bank of the Rance, the Dinard Golf gives itself an air of England. In this oldest seaside resort in northern Brittany, the windows are sash windows and the golf course is a links course. Just like in the United Kingdom. At the end of the 19th century, holidaymakers with an Oxford accent founded one of the first tennis clubs in France before building a golf course. Because otherwise, they were doomed to a deadly boredom as this passage from volume IV of the 1890-1891 edition of the Golfing Annual reminds us: "Two years ago, the tourist could say that the only occupations for the English staying in Dinard were tennis and dancing ... and something more impossible than the impossible was to find a suitable course for golf ... "The choice of the site is delicate and the course walks its holes from Dinard in Saint-Lunaire before finally running aground on the dunes of Saint-Briac. At more than seven kilometers from Dinard, just after the point of the Guard Guerin. However, the golf course still bears the name of Dinard, to the great displeasure of Brice Lalonde, ex-mayor of the town and ex-minister of the 5th Republic. 

The 18 holes, moved, remodelled and renamed since Tom Dunn's first layout, follow the jagged cliffs of the eastern tip of the Emerald Coast. At its highest points, two wooden benches, donated by the club's president and his son, make for a pleasant break between two swings. Facing the panorama on the bay of Lancieux and its string of islands. The perspective is so beautiful that the golf course had to defend itself against unscrupulous property developers. The course and the clubhouse, a little marvel from the 20's, were protected. The golf course was saved but what a headache for its managers who must now refer to the administration, even for the simple moving of a bunker.

Inside the one-storey clubhouse, the railing of the staircase leading down to the changing rooms, a wrought iron golf club interlacing, and the trophy cases could also be registered as national golf heritage. Car Dinard is to Brittany what Chantaco or La Nivelle are to the Basque Country. Incubators of small white ball geniuses. To show their gratitude to the club that cradled their youth, the baby champions who have grown up have deposited their precious trophies there. The most prestigious trophy, the Espirito Trophy, awarded to the winning team of the World Amateur Team Championship, shines in the windows. A gift from Claudine Cros-Chatrier, member of the 1964 French team with Catherine Lacoste, president of Chantaco ... Other children of Dinard have their names engraved in the dark wood of the honour roll: Sven Boinet, winner of the Spanish International in 1975 or Philippe Ploujoux, hero of the British Amateur in 1981 which earned him the honour of playing the first two rounds of the Masters in Augusta (United States) with the great Arnold Palmer.

Play golf in Côtes d'Armor at Pléneuf-Val-André

On the cliffs of the commune of Pléneuf-le Val-André in the Côtes d'ArmorThe route designed by French architect Alain Prat is not yet old enough to draw on memories and nostalgia.

Too young for that. The tradition will come later. For the seaside resort only lives in the summer months and, for a long time, the practice of golf was limited to miniature golf games on grass in the garden of the municipal casino. This eighteen holes course for children with its windmills, bridges and castles... gave rise to golfers' vocations, including the one of the author of this book, but was unfortunately covered by a coat of asphalt to be transformed into a car park. What a pity! 

When the young Val André golf course This time, a real eighteen-hole clubhouse replaced the seaweed huts, and the owners took care to orientate the bay windows of the dining room towards the Verdelet, an islet that rises like a pyramid in the middle of the sea, behind the port of Piégu. A bird sanctuary, the Verdelet can only be visited during high tides when the sea withdraws sufficiently to leave an open path. For a few hours only.

In front of the restaurant, the back tee of the 10th, a par 4 which begins the short sequence of the sea. On the drive, you have to aim for the beach of Nantua, straight ahead to reach the blind fairway from where a green is attacked below. This hole resembles the 11th in Spérone, in Corsica

The following is the signature of Pléneuf Val-André. The one that travels around Europe on the glossy pages of magazines before starting a journey around the world in the imagination of golfers. To take full advantage of the layout of this par 5, don't hesitate to climb up to the tiny rocky platform that serves as a tee for very good players. Yellow balls, white balls, black balls, colours are no longer important here. Even if it means losing a ball or two! No matter, the show is more important than a golf ball. On the left, fifty meters below, the beach of Vallées extended by the immense beach of Nantua. 

To the right of this long strip of immaculate sand is the fairway that leads to a tormented green. A small ruined house, windows open to the four winds, and two twisted pine trees to the left of the fairway entrance mark the landmarks to correct its alignment. Like buoys or beacons for a sailor. To reach the grass requires a ball range of almost one hundred and eighty metres. Fearful people should not go! And those who could not brave the vertigo of this spectacular start will stop for a few minutes on the green of this par 5 to admire this hole in reverse; from the green to the tee. Unforgettable at sunset! 

Play golf in Morbihan 

It is to the south in the Morbihan menhirs and dolmens, cairns and tumuli, vestiges of the fourth millennium BC. Carved out of granite, these giant stones, erected, lying down, piled up, form alignments or circles which still cause much ink to flow. All hypotheses have been put forward, no scientific truth has been established. Each inhabitant of this region has his own reasoning. Like this person in charge of a golf course in Morbihan who explains that all the menhirs form gigantic circles whose center is the great menhir and the Table des Marchands of Locmariaquer. 

These stones standing on the moor, dear to Obelix, are now threatened and are the object of careful care. Thus, in Carnac, the Mecca of these megaliths, the alignments are surrounded by fences in order to let nature regain its strength and allow these thousand-year-old stones weighing hundreds of kilos to take root again. Like the menhirs of CarnacThe Morbihan golf courses form a circle passing through Ploemeur Ocean in Lorient and Sauzon on Beautiful Island. With in their center, the Gulf of St. Lawrencea few miles from Carnac.

But the latter conceals no megalithic treasure. Neither menhir nor dolmen. In the United States, promoters would have played with this symbolism. Not in France. Maybe because Saint-Laurent looks like a golf course in the Landes. With pines, more pines and always pines. The fairways are quite flat on the way out and hilly on the way back, the greens are narrow and the bunkers never penalize the short shot. A pure example of the English style course (its architect is Michael Fenn). 

To find the Brittany of long-distance sailors, a trip to Belle Ile is a must. At its western tip, the 9, 10 or 13 holes of the beautiful Sauzon Island golf course -depending on the year- built on the cliff invite to meditate on the unleashing of the elements. Moreover, Sauzon has already lost some holes during famous storms. And the salt-laden sea spray is responsible for reducing the efforts of men forever. In the meantime, whether the golf course lies at the foot of the cliffs or returns to fallow land, you must dare to challenge the green of hole n° 2 with its green in the sea, defended like a fortress. To be taken from the air only.

Golf de la Bretesche Domaine de la Bretesche, Missillac

Impossible to end this Breton journey without mentioning the "border" golf courses of the Bretesche and La Baule. Car Missillacon the road to VannesThe village of St-Laurent is only a few kilometres from Morbihan. A few pars 5 of Brittany to which the heart of the inhabitants of this small village located on the Nantes-Vannes highway clings. A road once defended by the crenellated towers of the castle of La Bretesche. 

Today, this castle surrounded by a moat no longer inspires any fear. Transformed into apartments, it discreetly watches over the two hundred hectares of the estate and the 18-hole course that stretches its fairways under its loopholes. One of its tenants, Gérard Métairie, watches his beloved course in the morning. About twenty years ago, this property developer, troubled by his omissions, decided to build a golf course.  To design the course, he was given the name of Henry Cotton, the great English champion of the 1930s and 1940s and three-time winner of the British Open. The latter went to Missillac, made some sketches and sent his estimate. "Too expensive", replied the promoter who saw an Englishman, Bill Baker, arrive. He is a hunter like Gérard Métairie. 

This common passion creates bonds. Between two shots, the two men polish up the project and Bill Baker takes over the business. With its resolutely "British" cottages and its hotel fitted out in the outbuildings and the stables, the Bretesche golf course turns to golf-trotters who love old stones. Even if the castle, whose access is protected by a drawbridge, was renovated in the 19th century by Eugène Violletle-Duc, it gives the impression of coming straight out of a cloak and dagger film where the clubs would be replaced by long blades and the peaked caps by large feathered hats. 

La Baule, a golf course not to be missed in the Brittany Region 

At Golf de la BauleThe members of the club were invited to take a leap into the future, as they were feeling cramped on the old course initiated by François André, a driving force of the Roaring Twenties. Indeed, this chic seaside resort to the north-west of Nantes, whose eight-kilometre beach is unique in Europe, wanted a golf course to match its reputation. With the Lucien Barrière group at the helm, owner of the New Golf of Deauville, this new golf course plays the tourism and prestige card. 

Two years after its inauguration, La Baule welcomes the 1978 French Open. A great promotional and communication operation to make known this real French "resort" composed of its twenty-seven holes designed by Dave Thomas and Peter Alliss and then remodelled by Michel Gayon, and a hotel whose windows open on the vast five hectare stretch of water, a reference to the Brière, this marshy region which extends from Saint-Nazaire to Missillac. 

La Baule is only about thirty kilometres from Morbihan, but the traditions of historic Brittany do not respect the borders drawn with a scalpel in the Parisian offices. 

Some anecdotes and quotes from the golf courses of Brittany . Did you know ? 

  • The clubhouse of Dinard is a model of 1920s architecture.
  • Just step over the modest fence that runs along the hole No. 6 of Dinard to tread the beach of the Garde Guérin.
  • The Dinard links is over a century old. Its holes follow the jagged cliffs of the Emerald Coast.
  • The 18 holes of Pléneuf-Val André is a real masterpiece. From hole 9 and its green which seems to merge with the sea, it is the apotheosis
  • The hole n° 11 of Pléneuf-Val André is one of the most beautiful par 5 of France. To be played absolutely from the back tee.
  • The Bretesche golf course is around the moat of this 15th century castle.
  • the Plœmeur-Ocean golf course is the most beautiful links of Morbihan, even of Brittany
  • The outbuildings of the Château de la Bretesche have been transformed into a clubhouse and hotel.
  • Feeling cramped within their old walls, the members of La Baule chose to move eight kilometres from the beach.
  • The lord Yvonnic de la Chesnois transformed his vast Domaine des Ormes into an 18-hole golf course and ... in a campground.
  • The Baden golf courseThe village of Auray, in the Morbihan, dominates the estuary of the river Auray where sailboats come to anchor.
  • On Belle Île, the number of holes varies from one year to the next. Twelve or thirteen, depending on the whims of the high tides.
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