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FRANCE


NORMANDY


Barriere Golf Deauville R Normandy


elatively unknown to British golfers today, although it was the British who introduced Normandy to golf more


than a century ago when Willie Park Jr, son of the first Open Championship winner, Willie Park Sr, designed the Golf de Dieppe- Pourville course. The seventh-oldest in France, it opened in 1897. Fast forward 120 years and there are


now more than two dozen 18-hole courses in the region, in a range of setings from spectacular clifops overlooking the sea to links golf set amid sand dunes, courses in rolling parkland and others laid out through ancient woodland.


One of the region’s atractions is the easy


access, whether directly by ferry to three cross-Channel ports in Normandy or via the Channel Tunnel or Dover-Calais ferries. Golf is also extremely good value and courses aren’t crowded, while a golf touring holiday offers the opportunity to drive through beautiful and varied countryside, taking in picture-postcard villages full of traditional Normandy half-timbered houses. History is another plus point, from


reminders of William the Conqueror’s time, including castles and the Bayeux Tapestry, to the Normandy landings and ensuing batles in the Second World War, marked by many monuments, museums and cemeteries.


IN BRIEF


Barriere Golf Deauville Laid out on wooded hills overlooking the chic seaside resort of Deauville and the sea beyond, Barriere Golf Deauville comprises 27 holes of golf alongside a majestic four-star hotel. Its original golf course was built by eccentric English architect Tom Simpson; Open Champion Henry Cotton revamped nine holes after the war when some of the course was lost. Green fees from £44. hotelsbarriere.com


Golf d’Etretat


Golf d’Etretat If ever there was a golf course to take your breath away when you play, Golf d’Etretat is surely it. The course is laid out over the tops of towering chalk cliffs on Normandy’s Alabaster Coast. Some holes are right on the cliff edge, giving golfers breathtaking views of the English Channel and Etretat village below the cliffs. A wartime German bunker lies underneath the practice putting green. Green fees from £42. golfetretat.com


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