What a pleasure to find a golf course in the city! The Bordeaux metropolitan area has three: Golf Bordelais in the suburb of Caudéran (18 holes), Bordeaux-Lac golf course, with two 18-hole courses and a pitch & putt in a green setting, and Golf de Pessac, with its fairways set among pine trees and ponds on a 120-hectare estate, just a few minutes from the airport. Facilities: an 18-hole course, a 9-hole course, and a pitch & putt.
The five courses around Arcachon Bay are bathed in wonderful scents of pine trees and sea air: Aiguilles Vertes in Lanton, with 9 holes, is an ideal place to warm up; the Arcachon International golf club has an 18-hole course beside Arcachon Bay, near the Dune du Pilat; Golf de Gujan (27 holes) is reminiscent of Florida, with its varied courses well-integrated in their natural surroundings; the course in Biscarosse is more challenging, with narrow fairways nestling between two dunes; and the latest addition,, opened in 2013, is the Cap-Ferret’s 9-hole pitch & putt, the only course lit up at night.
Between sea and vineyards
Head for the Médoc, with its great wines and endless beaches. The 18-hole Lacanau golf course is set in an enchanting environment among the pine forests. The 18-hole Margaux course winds through 45 hectares of forests and ponds, with lovely views over the estuary. The Médoc golf course has a Scottish feel, with moorland, pine trees, and wide fairways bordered with heather. This prize-winning club has two 18-hole courses and a 4* resort hotel. It was ranked 3rd-best golf course in France by the Rolex guide in 2010, among the Top 5 French golf courses by a jury of professional golfers, and n°1 by Fairways magazine in 2014. The Entre-Deux-Mers also has an 18-hole golf course in Cameyrac, with a particularly friendly atmosphere. And, finally, the Graves & Sauternes golf club has a lovely, 18-hole course.
For gourmet golfers
In the Dordogne: Château des Vigiers golf club has it all, with a 17th-century castle converted into a 4* hotel, 3 restaurants, and 3 9-hole courses, which may be combined to make several 18-hole courses. Teynac, near Saint-Émilion, offers an attractive 18-holes course, amid vine-covered hillsides, a restaurant in a former winery, and bed-and-breakfast rooms in the dovecote.