August 27, 2010
Golfing on the French Riviera
Golf is the perfect sport for a crisp autumn day and the French Riviera is spoilt for choice when it comes to picturesque courses. Here are some of most luxurious golf clubs to grace the South of France…
Le Prince de Provence
Located 10 miles away from the golden beaches of St Tropez in Vidauban is the most exclusive golf club in the Cote D’Azur. Known as ‘Le Prince de Provence’, this private club actually has no name and apparently doesn’t even exist to anyone outside of the elite circle of members and their privileged guests. The best kept secret in Provence boasts an 18 hole course within the depths of the woodland forests and vineyards and was designed by golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr and his son, Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Just a short drive away from Cannes, the Royal Mougins Golf Resort offers a luxury golf course with a great social life.
The elevated terrace acts as a club house and the hotel’s restaurant and spa areas provide the perfect leisure activities for those who prefer to sit out the golfing experience. This private resort is reserved for members and their guests only, Royal Mougins does offer the exclusive opportunity for members and a limited number of non-members to hire out the course for private golf competitions. However, it has been said that it is not recommended for those with a handicap higher than 20 as this serene setting can prove to be very tough!
Part of the Four Seasons Resort in a hidden corner of Provence, on the edge of the beautiful Cote D’Azur. This lavish golf club has not only one, but two exclusive courses on offer to members and their guests. The first is Le Château – the most demanding and competitive of the two. Experienced players should expect to be rewarded as they encounter bunkers, water holes, and long drives throughout this course. The second is Le Riou – the most exclusive as it is specially reserved for members and guests, as well as clients staying at the Four Seasons Resort.