A hugely ambitious golf course, Barbaroux was designed by Pete Dye  and PB Dye amid the craze for golf in France in the 1980’s and to this day remains one of the most creative and demanding courses in Europe.

Off the tee, the course is tempting but it’s the approaches that can make or break your game. And the test doesn’t stop there as the greens are massively long and you could underclub and leave yourself a tough putt or three.

With railway sleepers, grass bunkers and a fair amount of water, Barbaroux throws it all at you but you can’t help but smile and come back for more. It’s hilly in parts but we’d recommend you walk to really appreciate the aesthetics.

There is a  good Mercure four-star hotel on-site or luxury hotels an hour away.  It’s definitely worth the drive and you’ll want to come back for more.