Robert von Hagge was a brilliant golf course designer with an often dramatic approach to design and hazards aplenty on every hole. No fewer than six of his courses rank among the European Top 100 and they include Les Bordes and Seignosse. Royal Mougins is probably the most sensational of them all with often daunting tee-shots and “all or nothing” approaches. Difficult but beautiful, Royal Mougins is worth losing a few balls over.

Set in the hills next to Mougins and surprisingly close to Cannes, Royal Mougins is an oasis of quality with a good golf hotel on site. Quite hilly in parts but walkable.