The Ryder Cup is headed to France this month. If you’re a golfing fan but you can’t make it over for the tournament, never fear: we’ve got ideas for the perfect do-it-yourself French golfing holiday anytime of the year!
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The Ryder Cup takes place September 28 – 30, 2018 at the Le Golf National course just outside of Paris. You can visit this course during your own visit, and it’s easy to reach via public transport from the Paris city center. You can take the 475 bus from Mairie de Montrouge in Paris (this takes about 1 hour). Also, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Station, located approximately 7 km (4 miles) from Le Golf National, is served by Line N, Line U and RER C from Paris. You can take a taxi from there to the course.
Head to the Loire Valley for Golf + Castles
The Loire Valley is best known for some of France’s most beautiful chateaux — Chenonceau, Chambord, and Amboise, to name a few — but it’s also home to some of the country’s best golf courses. Try the course at the Chateau de Sept Tours, or the more prestigious Fontainebleau course — located in a famous sandstone forest, it has been ranked among the top ten courses in Continental Europe.
Paris to the Loire Valley by train: we recommend a train from Paris to Blois (about 1 hour & 20 minutes). There is a shuttle from Blois to Chateau Amboise.
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From French Castles to French Riviera
After the Loire Valley, head further south to the Riviera, where you’ll be able to play a round at Cannes Mougins. Having played host to the Cannes Mougins Open 14 times, the course looks like something out of a movie. The stone castle-like walls, the classic estate, the 18th century oil mill — not to mention the enchanting forest landscape and jasmine fields.
Just 1 hour outside of Cannes and 20 minutes from Grasse is the course at Chateau de Taulane. This course has been ranked among the top 20 most beautiful in France, and it offers a variety of course options for beginners and more experienced players. The 6300 meters of course includes seven lakes, and nearby is the famous Gorges du Verdon, perfect for a day trip.
The French Riviera by train: We recommend a train from Paris to Cannes, which takes about 5.5 hours via high-speed TGV trains.
Heading Back North To Normandy
After perfecting your tan on the golf courses of the Riviera, head back up towards the north of the country before you catch your plane home from Paris. Normandy is just about an hour north of Paris, and there are many lovely courses to choose from. Some of the most stunning seaside views can be found at the Étretat course, which overlooks the famous rock formation. The 100 year old course is a bit challenging, but the 10th hole is said to be worth it if just for the amazing views!
Paris to Étretat by train: Take the train from Paris to Le Havre (another cute seaside town that is worth exploring for a day!), which is about a 2 hour journey. Then there is local bus service from Le Havre to Étretat.
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