If France is full of beautiful landscapes, lush countryside and dynamic cities, it doesn’t fall short when it comes to peak-watching either. So how not to use it to play golf and be amazed. The most beautiful peaks are at your disposal in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. Here, discover six places in the region where the mountain views will seduce you.
Sainte Baume golf course
Located in Nans-les-Pins, between Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Brignoles and Toulon, the Sainte Baume route offers a unique and incomparable setting. The 18-hole course has a peaceful setting appreciated for the exceptional quality of its botanical heritage. Its elevated greens and water hazards allow an attractive game in a preserved and protected green environment.
Adapted to all skill levels, the course’s design revolves around terraces, streams, pine trees and wild bushland. Spread over 40 hectares, the Domaine de la Sainte Baume is not only a treat for the game but also for the eyes. The view of the massif of the same name is the main advantage of this panorama. Dominated by the Joug de l’Aigle at 1148 meters, this environment appears as a unique place for an equally unique game of golf.
Gulf of the Luberon
An overview of the Golf du Luberon.
5 km from Manosque, in the heart of Provence and south-east of the Luberon Regional Natural Park, discover a typically Provencal route. Its steep layout requires precision in face-offs and skill in negotiating obstacles on the most challenging holes.
With a view of the Alps and the olive groves, the change of scenery is total and the adventure more than pleasant. The charm of this place also comes from its restaurant. In fact, although the course is a sanctuary in itself, the La Gardette table, very popular in the region, dominates the golf course against the backdrop of the Valensole plateau. And if you use the Provence-Côte d’Azur golf pass to discover this golf course at a discounted rate?
Gulf of Saumane
Located on the hills of Vaucluse with a magnificent view of the Luberon and the Alpilles, the Golf de Saumane offers a very nice drive on its 18-hole course. It was designed in 1989 by Jean Garaïalde, who was inspired by the route of the Carpentras Canal and the hilly and rocky natural landscapes of the surrounding area.
Nearby, splendid Provençal villages deserve a visit, such as that of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue which is only 3km away, so within driving distance. So it’s a little journey into the paradises of the region, always with the mountains as a shell that offers itself to you.
Sainte-Victoire golf course (Château l’Arc golf club)
The golf club Château l’Arc is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Founded in 1985 and designed by the famous Robert Trent Jones II, it is ideally located at the gateway to Aix-en-Provence and Marseille. This par 70 of 5817 meters offers a varied golfing experience thanks to its design that winds through an exceptional setting. Its greatest advantage is the view of the Sainte-Victoire mountain. A real limestone jewel that culminates at 1011 meters, attracting the curious for its paths and religious heritage.
This estate is all about the castle built in 1620 by the Agoult family. Favorite studio of the painter Bernard Buffet, the Château l’Arc was the summer residence of Pierre Bergé, Jean Cocteau or Yves Saint-Laurent. A short vacation in haute couture version is to be expected.
Gulf of Gap Bayard
From one course to another, not so far away, the landscape can literally change while maintaining its behavior, the escape from the high mountains. At the Gap-Bayard golf course, gain height and oxygen to discover 18 holes with breathtaking views of the city of Gap, the Durance and Champsaur valleys, the Écrins and Devoluy massifs.
Breathe in, breathe out and let yourself be carried away. This trip to the peaks is worth the detour. It is certainly one of the most beautiful mountain designs and golfing in these countries is a must for the little white ball lover.
Golf du Bois Chenu (Barcelonnette-Pra Loup)
Surrounded by mountain landscapes, the Barcelonnette – Pra Loup golf course awaits you in Bois Chenu. At the confluence of the Bachelard and the Ubaye, the course enjoys the tranquility of the place and nature. On the 9 holes proposed, you will be accompanied by waterfalls, bodies of water and clearings to punctuate your game between the pleasure of the game and a natural change of scenery.
Installed in a magnificent landscape at 1100 meters above sea level, this space is accessible to everyone. It offers a quality playground at the foot of Pra Loup and a ball field from the historic heart of Barcelonnette. Once again, it’s the mountain that will punctuate your game and there’s nothing like a good breath of fresh air between two birdies.
And if you use the Provence-Côte d’Azur golf pass to discover these golf courses?
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