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The French Connection

While the county has everything to satisfy any golfer's needs, just a stone's throw away, Le Touquet and Hardelot offer a little bit of French flavour

For any golfer planning a trip to Kent to play some of the county’s wide range of courses, the added bonus is the possibility of experiencing two superb Continental courses less than an hour away.

Le Touquet

Just 30 minutes from the Channel Tunnel and only 20 kilometres apart on the Cote d'Opale, Le Touquet (above) and Hardelot comprise one of Europe’s finest integrated golf resorts.

Together they offer five courses, and two of them, Le Touquet’s La Mer and Hardelot’s Les Pins, were both ranked in the Top 100 European Courses in Golf World magazine’s respected annual guide in 2009.

Le Touquet Golf Club
Tel: +33 321 062800
Hardelot Golf Club
Tel: +33 321 837310

The twin venues, which also boast two hotels and six restaurants, are fantastic for a short golf break. All these and many others from this region of northern France can be found at www.golfencotedopale.com

La Mer (6,925 yards, par 72) came in at 47 in the latest Golf World rankings. Designed by Harry Colt, the course has hosted six French Opens, with the 1977 Championship being won by a young Seve Ballesteros. The greens are well protected and the course demands accuracy rather than power. The views are stunning and you could be mistaken for believing you are playing a classy Scottish golf course.

Le Touquet’s first 18-hole course, La Foret (6,315 yards, par 71), was designed by Horace Hutchinson and opened in 1904. The course is laid out in Le Touquet’s scenic pine forest and has a relatively flat layout, with some tight fairways and strategically placed bunkers. It’s less taxing than La Mer and suitable for all levels.

The other Le Touquet layout is the nine-hole Le Manoir course. Opened in 1910, it is well suited to beginners and to those on a tight schedule.

HardelotHardelot (pictured right), meanwhile, consists of two courses with Les Pins (6,480 yards, par 73) ranked 83 in the Golf World list. Its first nine holes were opened in 1906 and later redeveloped as an 18-hole course by Tom Simpson and opened in 1931. At 6,480 yards, it’s relatively short by today’s standards but still very popular with UK golfers and with a very English feel.

Accommodation in the twin resorts is available at the three-star, 41-room Le Manoir Hotel, which overlooks Le Touquet’s three courses, or in its sister Open Golf Club property, the four-star Le Westminster Hotel, which offers 115 rooms in Hardelot.

Guests staying at the hotels enjoy discounted fees, while Le Westminster’s gourmet restaurant has been awarded a star by the Michelin Guide.

Le Manoir Hotel
Tel: +33 321 062828
Le Westminster Hotel
Tel: +33 321 054848

 

Kent Garden of England

Reproduced with kind permission of KOS Media Ltd and Visit Kent. For further information, go to www.kentnews.co.uk and www.visitkent.co.uk

 








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