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The best golf courses for golf holidays in Arras & Lille.

Bondues - Two outstanding (and very different) courses plus a gastro-château Clubhouse. Bondues - Trent Jones  Architects: R. Trent Joneses (Snr. & Jnr).  18 holes: 6,012m: Par 72.

Uniquely the only course which both Trent Jones, father & son, had a hand in, competing with one another over the front and back nines respectively.  The result is a magnificent, American style layout (as you might imagine!), with big water hazards and huge sand traps in abundance!

Bondues - Hawtree  Architect: F. Hawtree.  18 holes: 6,260m: Par 73.

A gentler and in many ways more thoughtful design in the classic Fred Hawtree style.  Groves of ancient oak and pine line every hole and water has been added, in moderation, here and there.  Astute bunkering and diminutive greens will keep you both entertained and thinking all the way around - great fun!


Le Sart  Architect: A. MacBeth.  18 holes: 5,724m: Par 71.

The pleasing sight of a gleaming white 18th Century château meets your eye as you step through the gates of Le Sart, welcome to the Clubhouse! The course is uniquely located practically in the centre of the city in the former estate and gardens of the château - a haven of golfing calm in the middle of a busy city. The course may not be the longest but is quite testing in places amongst the fully grown oaks and firs; the ideal venue to get your Lille golf tour off to a gentle start.

La Brigode  Architect: B. Baker.  18 holes: 6,010m: Par 72.

A lovely tract of land in one of Lille's exclusive suburbs that offers a formidable parkland course meandering through towering oaks, across a few ponds and around some grandiose houses. An excellent golf course that vies with Bondues for pride of place in Lille's golfing heirarch; consequently having many Members, so best played on weekdays (or in August when they are all at the coast).

Thumeries-Moncheaux Golf ClubThumeries-Moncheaux  Architects: Boomer & Rossi.  18 holes: 5659m: Par 70.

A small, friendly Golf Club on the southern outskirts of Lille with a very local and welcoming Membership and a highly enjoyable golf course - that you may not have heard about?!? The course alternates between woodland with its attendant arboreal dangers and more open areas where tall grasses and deep water are the problems to avoid. Level going and a cunning design make for a very enjoyable round of golf centered on the small Clubhouse where you will be made most welcome.

Merignies  Architect: M. Gayon.  18 holes: 6,264m: Par 72.

A new residential golf development just south of Lille that opened its Fairways in 2013. Three loops of nine holes are now in play with 18 holes (Marque + Valutte) of good modern style golf twixt water and sand that wind their way between the new houses and 9 holes on slightly higher ground that are much more links-like as the earth has been summoned into dune-esque hummocks to define the route of each hole. It seems unlikely that properties will be added to this latter 9 (Rupilly). The Club also has good practice facilities around its red brick Clubhouse.

Lille Metropole Golf ClubLille Metropole  Architect: J-C Cornillot (1996).   18 holes: 6,072m: Par 72.

Don't be fooled by the appearance of the Club on arrival, behind the municipal driving range and basic Clubhouse lurks a golf course of some quality!  The land here is open and devoid of trees, so sensibly a links style course was imagined with some earthwork to provide suitable rolling terrain.  It has matured into a surprisingly good golf course given its proximity to the centre of Lille.

Arras Golf Club Arras  Architect: J-C. Cornillot.  18 holes: 6,117m: Par 72.

A varied course wending in part along the valley of the river Scarpe with some rather tight holes to begin with then rising briskly and broadening out (thankfully!) onto the hillside above.  The 18th back down to the funky Clubhouse is a suitable climax to the round. 9-hole course too for a leisurely afternoon round.

Aa St. Omer
Architect: J.F. Van Heel.
18 + 9 Holes: 6400m: Par 72.
A physically demanding course (buggies are available and recommended) that regularly hosts events on the European Challenge Tour.  The holes around the Clubhouse are particularly hilly, further afield the course broadens out onto a high ridge with good views.  Maintained to a high standard and the panoramic Clubhouse restaurant makes the most of the rural views.

Dunkerque  Architect: R. Berthet.  18 holes: 5710m: Par 71.

More than a little interesting: a popular public course with 18 traditional parkland holes running through the woods and around some small lakes plus a recently added and rather avant-garde nine hole extension.  The new holes are strikingly angular and designed to reflect the town's ancient fortifications - a unique design that always causes much debate!
Conveniently placed for a stop on the way to or from the Channel ports and welcoming to visitors at weekends (barring Club competitions).

Vert Parc
Architect: P. Simon.
18 holes: 6,242m: Par 73.

A recent design, fairly long with plenty of water hazards - particularly on the back nine. Old Manor House that has now been converted into the Clubhouse (there are also four rooms).  Funding seems limited so course maintenance sadly quite variable although the new owners are making a good fist of it.

Palingbeek
Architect: B. Baker (1992).
18 holes: 6,159m: par 72.

Over the border into Belgium, Palingbeek hides in bucolic isolation.  Indeed, the substantial Palingbeek Clubhouse seems a little incongruous amongst the pastoral setting in Flanders' fields.
The course itself has made good use of the land's gentle slopes and existing trees.  Although some holes run adjacently there are also plenty of quiet corners to contemplate the meaning of life or that last slippery four footer...

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Sample Itinerary

3 nights, 3 rounds and Eurotunnel crossings in April or October.

£357.00 at either the Hôtel du Golf or L'Univers.

 

Guest Comments

"9/10 - St. Omer
8/10 - Arras
7/10 - Hardelot Les Pins
9/10 - Overall
I have instructed my successor (as organiser) to use Golf Par Excellence next year.  The champagne, tees and especially the maps are all great ideas.  Keep doing things to make yourselves just a little bit different".
Mr. T. Walpole - London

"This was our first visit to France to play golf. Arras was an interesting town it has impressive architecture and a good selection of restaurants.
Overall it was a successful trip that hopefully will be repeated."
Mr. M. Glumart - Suffolk.

"10/10 for your UK service, travel arrangements and our hotel (Carlton). 10/10 for Arras G.C., 9/10 for Le Sart (tricky to find!) and 10/10 for Thumeries."
Mr. T. Howard - Sussex.

 

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