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Golf holidays in La Baule and La Bretesche - area and travel guide.

La Baule's 5kms of golden sand

Golf holidays - La Baule & La Bretesche

La Baule is, without any question, the premier golf resort in South Brittany, lying to the West of Nantes on the Atlantic coast of France.

For over a century La Baule has been recognised (mainly by the French) as one of the foremost holiday destinations in France.  The town stretches itself along five kilometres of sandy beach that arcs in a south-facing crescent between the two villages at either end: Le Pouliguen and Pornichet.

La Baule & La Bretesche - golf courses

The old Peter Alliss golf course has long been split into two with nine new holes added to each loop creating two outstanding 18-hole layouts: plus another full-length, and rather testing, 9-hole golf course too.

The Golf Club at Chateau de La Bretesche, just down the road, has without doubt the most quintessentially French setting for any golf course with its serene Château perched on the lakeshore surrounded by dense, silent forest.  Hidden deep in this ancient forest are 18 exceptional holes of golf (and some holiday cottages) that bring British golfers back here on holiday year after year.

Chateus de la Bretesche

In addition to the three-and-a-half courses between La Baule and La Bretesche Golf Clubs; you can also play at: Pornic or Savenay under an hour's distance.  A little further afield there is the tough semi-links test at St. Jean de Monts or the twisting old woodland course at Nantes-Vigneux.

La Baule for holidays - the area

The resort of La Baule was originally a cluster of pretty little stone villas along the seashore, many of these holiday homes still remain although the front row has now been replaced with hotels and apartment buildings (the ugly ones are steadily being replaced).

The town of La Baule itself is these days a conglomeration of streetside cafes, chic boutiques, restaurants and luxurious hotels.  All around La Baule pretty fishing villages abound along the Cote Sauvage - tasteful stops on a day out away from the golf courses.

Inland there are medieval towns to explore such as Guerande with its ramparts, narrow cobbled lanes, weekly markets and salt flats.

Between La Baule and La Bretesche there is a vast area of marshland the Briere National Park, teeming with wildlife and best investigated by punts that are readily available for hire in many places along the roadside.

Getting to La Baule

The very easiest way to golf at La Baule from the UK is via the Brittany Ferries crossings form Portsmouth to St. Malo, Caen or Cherbourg.  An overnight sailing with a cabin, followed by a two-hour drive across Brittany will have you on the Tee just after lunch.  Alternatively, day crossings are very good value if you have the time to spare; there are also Fastcraft sailings if you are in a little more of a hurry to get to this lovely part of France!

Pornichet cafe

Flights to La Baule

If you would prefer to fly, then there are several routes into Nantes, or Brittany's capital city Rennes.  We can advise on the best flights to Brittany for you, just let us know your preferred departure airport.

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Sample Itinerary

4 nights at the lovely Hermitage***** on the beach in La Baule
3 rounds of golf at La Baule & La Bretesche
£345.00 per person:
April & September

4 nights in a Forest Cottage at La Bretesche
3 rounds of golf
£323.00 per person
Excluding July & August


Guest Comments

"10/10 - Could not want for a better service - excellent.
10/10 La Baule and La Bretesche - Excellent as usual."
Mrs. N. Beasley - Romsey.

"10/10 La Baule - Red & Blue.
10/10 St. Jean de Monts.
8/10 La Bretesche."
Mr. D. Leather - Rutland.


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