France has always been a popular holiday destination for Northern Europeans and especially British travellers.
Brits are lucky enough to be able to cross the channel’s shortest stretch (21-miles) with the walking equivalent of five rounds of golf or roughly 375 shots if you are a handy five handicapper.
French culture, wine, gastronomy and a pleasantly warm climate have always attracted city breakers, campers and backpackers to explore its coast, cities and countryside.
With Le Golf National in Paris playing host to The 2018 Ryder Cup – the greatest show in golf – it is French fairways and greens rather than fabled fine foods that are proving a major attraction for holidaymakers.
Global Golfer Magazine has teamed up with Brittany Ferries to highlight five reasons why now is the perfect time to take a golf holiday in France. Click here to view their latest golf holiday deals in France.
1. Cheaper and easier than flying
Spain and Portugal may still be firm favourites with European golfers but flying to either country means a considerable airfare and ridiculous added charges for golf club carriage with almost every major airline and especially on low-cost carriers.
Yes, you can use a club-hire service, but nothing beats playing with your own clubs does it?
Taking a ferry from the UK to France (view routes) means you pack your clubs, drive to the port, onto the ferry and off again at the other side and straight onto your hotel or golf course.
For cheaper hassle free travel, a ferry beats flying.
2. Experience a Ryder Cup venue even before Team Europe or USA
Anyone taking a golf holiday to France before September 2018 has the chance to play a Ryder Cup course, Le Albatros at Le Golf National, even before Rory McIlroy or Bubba Watson has had chance to do battle on it.
Le Golf National is famous as the venue for the French Open on The European Tour but in three years’ time it hosts the greatest team event in golf and playing the course can cost as little as £75 and it isn’t that expensive to stay at its onsite hotel.
3. Emulate Europe’s newest golf star – Victor Dubuisson
France has produced one of golf’s newest stars and eccentric personalities in the mercurial Victor Dubuisson.
Victor shot to fame with victory in The Turkish Open followed by a series of Houdini like escapes from cactus, rocks and desert during a losing playoff at The Accenture World Matchplay in 2014. He then starred at Gleneagles during the 2014 Ryder Cup and has put French golf on the map along with his compatriot Alexander Levy.
A French golf holiday may not help you play like Victor but at least you can follow in his footsteps on the golf courses of his homeland.
4. Finest of fine Food and Drink
France is the spiritual home of classic cooking, gastronomy and gourmet. Food-lovers simply must immerse themselves in its culinary culture and passion for the finer things in life – from Champagne to robust Bordeaux reds and creamy Camembert.
What better way to refuel after a round of golf?
5. A climate made for golf
France, especially its Northern and Western regions, enjoys a climate that is perfect for golf. Cooler than Iberian countries yet comfortably warmer than the UK, Germany and Holland, the French climate is ideal for walking the fairways at any time of the day.
The coastal regions and golf courses enjoy fresh sea breezes but rarely does it become too hot to play, except in the furthest reaches of Southern France, which makes it an ideal place to play golf through the Spring and Summer months.
Here is a fun factual info-graphic from Brittany Ferries that outlines some of the great things you can experience on and off course on a French Golf Holiday.
Image source: Brittany Ferries presents the best golf courses in Western France.