ABOUT THE COURSE
Le Touquet La Mer Golf course is the beast of Northern France and a real test of Championship golf. Heavily restyled over recent years to resemble the original Harry Colt layout, Le Touquet La Mer is deservedly in Golf World’s Europe’s Top 100 and has now climbed to 20th place, putting among the best courses in France.
Cut through huge sand dunes and gentle woodland, La Mer makes the most of the natural contours of the landscape. The course looks and plays like a links although, mercifully, the mountainous dunes shield you from the full brunt of the wind coming off the English Channel.
The greens are huge so your work isn’t over until you’ve put the ball in the hole. Play Stableford to avoid a humbling medal score. A test for the best. If you are having a bad day, swallow your pride and choose an easier tee. Buggies available.
The Le Touquet clubhouse has been completely rebuilt and now matches the stature of the golf course. You can still order a great ham baguette and beer and there’s also a restaurant for a celebratory lunch. The shop is better than ever. Watch out for the special offers and mementoes from your day.
Le Touquet Golf Club is just an hour from the Eurotunnel at Calais so can easily be played on your afternoon of arrival after a great lunch in the clubhouse. If you are staying at Le Manoir, head there first to pick up your voucher and perhaps book a table for dinner in the hotel’s excellent restaurant.