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of its pomp and seamlessly shows off its renowned vineyards and countless chateaux. More recent additions include several good courses. It is now a serious golf destination.

The splendour of Bordeaux to the glitz of Biarritz. And with five courses in Europe’s Top 100, you’re spoilt!

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Access is quick with plenty of flights in and around the resorts. Some clients drive down from the Channel ports and take an overnight stop to break the nine-hour drive with others preferring the overnight ferries to Bilbao or Santander. Once there, the resorts, courses and restaurants are all local so you’ll be doing more driving on the course than on the roads.

France has everything one could wish for and Bordeaux is the case in point. Established by the Romans who found the natural river ports, wine, and the perfect agricultural conditions to their liking, the area has prospered for over 2000 years. It retains all

Biarritz is a true golfing paradise. Add fine weather, great food and extensive nightlife to the equation and the result is a fantastic golf holiday.

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The scenery is impressive with massive beaches, thick forests, the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees. Après-golf is lively with the locals loving a good party. And not only is it fun, it’s classy: remarkable hotels and villas, casinos, smart shops, pleasure ports and well-preserved fishing villages. Here’s an idea! Stay a night or two in or around Bordeaux, play the best courses (Medoc and Lacanau), and then take the short drive down to Biarritz and play Seignosse, Hossegor, Chiberta and Moliets...We’ve got accommodation to match every taste and there’s the small matter of being able to play five European Top 100 courses in one week... Absolutely unique!

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Parties ■ The bars and clubs of the beautiful city of Bordeaux ■ The bars, clubs, casinos and brasseries in and around Biarritz ■ Wine-tastings and dinner in private chateaux

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Explorers ■ The dunes of Lacanau ■ The vineyards of Margaux, Medoc and Saint-Emilion ■ The markets of Sainte-Foy-La Grande and Bayonne ■ The museum and sights of Bordeaux ■ Drive along the Pyrenees mountains ■ The ancient port of Saint-Jean de Luz

Fly-drive from UK to Bordeaux Two-in-a-midsize hire car Three nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at Chateau des Vigiers near Bergerac Daily golf or spa treatment at Vigiers Three nights’ b/b at the Mercure Thalassa, Biarritz Golf at Chiberta, Seignosse and Hossegor One night’s dinner, bed and breakfast at Chateau Mirambeau Return flight from Bordeaux

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Romantics ■ A sea-view room at Hotel du Palais or a lakeview suite at Chateau Brindos ■ Escape to the Alain Ducasse Ostape retreat Families ■ The windsurfing, beaches and dunes all along the coast ■ Fabulous weather

The stunning town of Castelnaud

Foodies ■ Bordeaux is known for producing the best red wine in the world but the white wines of the region are delicious too – there’s nothing nicer than a bottle of Jurancon, a baguette and foie gras! Cuisine is hearty with a slight Basque influence. ■ We send a Recommended Restaurant list with your Holiday Information Pack

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Hossegor Golf Club, near Biarritz (page 88).

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How to get there To Paris, St Malo and Calais

Here’s a list of the most convenient ways to get to your holiday destination. For further information and the latest news, please call us on 01277 824100 or visit www.yourgolfholidays.com Train ■ Folkestone – Calais (car) ■ Calais – Brive (Motorail) ■ UK – Bordeaux/Saint Jean de Luz (foot passenger) Ferry ■ Dover – Calais ■ Portsmouth – Caen/St Malo

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Return flights from UK to local airport based on an average of £150 including taxes and luggage carriage charges Four-in-a-large hire car with all insurances The accommodation and board as detailed The selection of courses in the example itinerary Taxes and service charges A comprehensive Holiday Information Pack The knowledge and experience of our team ABTA and ATOL bonds so you know your money is safe Past Client benefits depending on your holiday spend

Groups - save £££s per person! Discounts range from £50 for a group of five people for a twonight stay up to £2000 for a group of 25 people on a week’s stay! See page six of the Introduction and call us on 01277 824100 for exact prices.

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Relais de Margaux **** Margaux 1 At a glance

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Vineyard and riverside location ■ Member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Relais de Margaux is one of the finest golfing resorts in France. Rising from the vineyards of the Chateau Vincent Margaux estate, this is a haven of pleasure where the warm welcome and impressive facilities combine with a sensational location.

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Excellent practice facilities Brand new clubhouse with panoramic terrace

Bordering the Gironde River and set over 45 hectares around the reputed hotel, Margaux has rapidly matured into a lovely course.

The undulating countryside and eight holes with water hazards provide a scenic and clever test of golf where only poor shots are penalised. The remaining holes are parkland where you can open up a bit, but it’s ‘target golf’ to the greens. Relais de Margaux can seriously vie for being one of the most complete golfing resorts in France. Easy walking.

French Golf Holidays bonuses Free room upgrade Seventh night free all year ■ Free golf at Margaux for groups of 8 - 14 people from Nov - Mar ■ A welcome bottle of red wine in your bedroom ■ Special three-night b/b & golf deal in standard rooms available ■

There are 100 bedrooms shared between the original chateau and sympathetically stylish extension. All are large and well-equipped and most overlook the golf course. Our prices are based on the Superior Harmonie bedrooms. There are two worthy restaurants including an all-day brasserie and, of course, a wine cellar and bar of note.

Facilities include a spa, health suite, a huge panoramic terrace and, of course, the championship golf course. For modern luxury in an ageless setting, Margaux is the perfect vintage.

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Golf du Medoc Hotel and Spa **** Bordeaux 4 At a glance Two superb 18-hole courses on site Spa with fitness centre and indoor pool ■ Wine bar with fireplace ■ ■

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Newest hotel on the “Bordeaux block” is the Golf du Medoc Hotel & Spa. Constructed from wood and glass, this hotel adds contemporary design to the justified boast of having two very highly-rated courses on site. Just 20 minutes from Bordeaux and the airport, Golf du Medoc Hotel and Spa has a restaurant and cracking wine bar. The hotel is smoothly run and it’s a fine choice for comfort and practicality.

Par 71. 6946 yards. Slope 130. Regular host to the European Tour One of the best 36-hole clubs in France ■ Excellent clubhouse with panoramic restaurant ■ ■

Two contrasting, but equally enjoyable, golf courses. PARKLAND

Medoc Chateaux/Vignes (on site) ■ Pessac Margaux ■ Lacanau ■

Some clients rate Les Vignes as even better than Les Chateaux.

You can also combine your favourite sport with wine-tastings and, as with all our hotels, we can organise dinners in exclusive wine chateaux.

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Medoc Les Vignes Par 71. 6842 yards. Slope 127.

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The main course is Les Chateaux – one of the best in Europe and deceptively tough with generous fairways bordered by penal rough, heather, broom, water hazards and ditches. Drive well and play with a plan for each hole and you’ll get to the large, contoured greens with a good chance for par! Entertaining and visually appealing, this is golf at its finest.

The back nine, where tall pine trees frame verdant fairways and smallish greens, is beautiful. Commencing with relatively open parkland holes, Les Vignes gets prettier and tougher as the round progresses. With great investment in maintenance and a classy clubhouse, this club easily justifies its ranking among the very best in France. Easy walking. Nine miles north-west of Bordeaux centre. Both courses have huge wine bottles as 150yard markers with each marker named after the best Medoc vineyards, the wines of which are readily available in the clubhouse.

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Vigiers Par 71. 6569 yards. Slope 125.

Vigiers is set in a stunning location with a tranquil ambience. The new 9-hole golf course "La Vallée" opened in 2008, which means that Chateau des Vigiers now offers a unique 27-hole golf course: "La Vallée", Par 36, 3112m, “Le Lac”, Par 35, 2935m and “Les Vignes”, Par 36, 3083m. By dividing 27 holes into three 9 hole courses you’ll be able to play different configurations which will feel as if you’re playing on three different 18-hole courses, each with different slopes (from 125 to 129).

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Chateau des Vigiers **** Monestier 3 Beautiful bedrooms ■ Own vineyard and orchards ■ Just 15 mins from Bergerac airport

three people) next to the chateau and 40 bedrooms in the striking (and very ecofriendly) wooden chalet overlooking the third nine. It’s all very nicely put together.

Undeniably one of the finest allround golf-hotels in France where history, beauty and luxury are offered in the best of French style. As well as first-class comfort, the spirit, welcome and style of Vigiers is unsurpassed.

As well as the beautiful accommodation, gastronomy is another reason to stay at Vigiers - Le Chai brasserie and Les Fresques restaurant provide the perfect combination of hearty local fare and a full-blown gastronomic affair. Most clients take our excellent value half-board options, leave the car alone and just sit back and enjoy!

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The accommodation comes in three parts - 25 deluxe bedrooms in the 16th-Century chateau - known locally as “Little Versailles” along with the gourmet restaurant, bar and sumptuous lounges, a further 22 bedrooms are in the Dependances (suitable for up to

Leisure facilities include two swimming pools, a fitness and beauty centre and tennis. Walks around the orchards are a perfect ‘digestif’ and cycling and horse-riding can also be organised. In addition, Chateau des Vigiers has its own working vineyard producing good red, white and rosé - a tour and tasting here is all part of the Vigiers experience, as well as local foie-gras tasting and the occasional foray into the stunning countryside and towns. Vigiers always strikes the right note for clients looking for a golf holiday with class.

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On top of that, there are two training zones for chipping, bunkers or rolling, a covered range with targets from 50 to 200m, and the 6-hole academy course (1035m). Whatever your level, come and discover the new golf facilities in the prestigious Chateau Des Vigiers ambience.

Free second rounds 25-minute beauty treatments per day for non-golfers

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Pessac Par 72. 6661 yards. Slope 143. Nice holiday golf Close to Bordeaux Airport ■ Possible to play the nine-hole course after lunch ■ ■

A massive 120-hectare golfing estate with an 18-hole golf course, a nine-holer, a three-hole training course and a golf academy.

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Set in an appealing countryside location close to the airport, it’s ideal for your first or last day’s golf. The main course is quite daunting off the back tees but the tree-lined fairways are far more enticing off the forwards. Very flat, quite technical and with a little bit of water and lots of bunkers, Pessac is very agreeable – and you should play to your handicap. There’s a warm welcome and good food in the modern clubhouse. Seven miles west of Bordeaux.

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At a glance Adjacent to the nature reserve, oyster park and golf course of Gujan-Mestras ■ Michelin-starred restaurant ■

Lacanau Par 72. 6257 yards. Slope 137.

This is a super little hotel.

Classic forest golf layout Well-maintained ■ Just a mile inland from the Atlantic beaches ■ ■

Very much a superior three-star, the 25 bedrooms, ‘zen’ public lounges and gardens are presented with great panache. The restaurant is definitely worth a few nights in with puddings to die for and an impressive cellar.

One of the best courses in the south-west of France, Lacanau is a wonderful pine forest layout quite similar to Hardelot Les Pins in Northern France.

A great place to relax, take in the delights of the region and to play some fine golf courses. Courses within 30 minutes ■

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Lacanau has several memorable holes and a high standard of maintenance. Tall pines, doglegs and an abundance of clever sand traps are apparent but you may also have to play against the breezes coming from the miledistant Atlantic! Never too difficult and always enjoyable, Lacanau is worthy of playing many times. Fairly flat. 30 miles west of Bordeaux.

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Gujan Par 72. 6606 yards. Slope 129. Massive terrace and clubhouse overlooking the lake and 18th ■ One of the prettiest courses in France ■

A very attractive pine-forest course and highly-rated in the best golf guides. Gujan’s main obstacles are natural to the region - the lakes from the Landes Nature Reserve, the heather and the trees...It takes the very best from its beautiful location and provides a fine but fair test. If you’re driving well, some of the par-fours and fives are generous and there are many tempting approaches to take on but careless risk-taking is penalised. Easy walking. 38 miles south-west of Bordeaux. French Golf Holidays bonuses ■ ■

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Chateau de Mirambeau **** LUXE Mirambeau 6

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At a glance One of the World’s most romantic hotels Excellent leisure facilities ■ Gastronomic restaurant ■ Wine tasting ■ ■

Breathe in the Renaissance at this magnificent luxury chateau. Class exudes from every aspect of Chateau de Mirambeau and its beautiful setting. Stroll around the magnificent park, or enjoy the extravagant interiors combining rich fabrics with antique furnishing. PARKLAND

design, this is old-fashioned resort golf in the finest sense.

Arcachon Par 72. 6400 yards. Slope 133. New clubhouse Pleasant holiday golf ■ Great views ■ ■

From the family-feel in the clubhouse to the conventional

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The front nine is through the forest and the back nine is on rolling parkland so the emphasis is on accuracy rather than length and many holes are different in their demands. Good fun – not too difficult and with the bonus of great views. Hilly in parts. Two miles south of Arcachon. See pages 88-89 for more local golf

There are 23 beautifully furnished and equipped bedrooms all with stunning bathrooms. Relax in the comfy salon before enjoying a gastronomic dinner in the elegant dining room and if the wines take your fancy, ask the Sommelier for a tasting. If you prefer to exercise your body rather than your mind, there is an outdoor swimming pool, spa, indoor pool with waterfall, fitness centre,

jogging and cycle track, sauna, hamman and Jacuzzi and tennis courts. A magical experience, recommended if you are en-route home or just to have a couple of nights after your golf holiday. Courses within 30 minutes ■

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A Louisiana-styled hotel overlooking the fairways of a world-renowned golf course.

Facilities include a nice pool and the excellent restaurant serves delicious and local specialities with poolside dining in fine weather. For après-golf, the bar is relaxed and the resorts of Cap Breton and Hossegor are a short drive away. A top-value base, surrounded by some of the best courses you’ll ever play. Courses within 30 minutes Seignosse (on site) ■ Moliets ■ Makila ■

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Lakeside location Easy walk from Hossegor Golf Club and the resort centre ■ Most bedrooms overlook the lake ■ ■

Le Pavillon Bleu is a stylish familyrun hotel with 21 lake-view and well-equipped bedrooms (including CD, DVD players and queen-sized beds), balconies and a great location on the lake. Le Pavillon Bleu is also popular for its gastronomic restaurant. Welcoming, central and good value, it’s the choice for those who want to be in the heart of ‘golf country’ but still have a French experience. Chiberta Arcangues ■ Seignosse ■ Moliets

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Carrying on from the striking exterior, the huge atrium (where you find the reception and the restaurant), is also impressive as is the rest of the hotel. From the excellent restaurant to the views and from the adjacent spa to the proximity of the resort...Everything in spot on. Courses within 30 minutes Biarritz Le Phare (on site) ■ Makila Chiberta ■ Arcangues ■ Chantaco ■ Hossegor ■

Ideal for the sights of the resort and the sensational Atlantic Ocean views. The 187 bedrooms are classy and come with all the amenities you expect from a very special hotel. And despite the glamour of the hotel itself, the staff and service make you feel relaxed and “on holiday” from the moment you arrive. Freshly opened is the beautiful spa so you’ve got the perfect opportunity to be pampered and relaxed even before you enjoy the bar and restaurant. And what makes du Palais even more appealing? Have a look at our prices... You won’t find a better price for this majestic hotel.

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Built at the turn of the 20thCentury, this classic hotel boasts 66 large and comfy bedrooms.

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One of the last Palace hotels in Europe, du Palais provides a sublime experience in a fabulous location.

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World renowned Michelin-star restaurant ■ Magnificent five-storey Guerlain Spa ■ Pitch and putt facilities ■ ■

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The 45 bedrooms are nicelyappointed and some come with a balcony and view down the 18th or 9th (well worth the supplement).

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Chiberta Arcangues ■ Chantaco

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Chateau de Brindos **** Anglet !

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Biarritz 0 Huge bedrooms with panoramic ocean views ■ Roof-top pool and bar ■ Fabulous Serge Betsen sports spa ■ Easy-going dining options ■

Set a gentle stroll from the main resort, the Radisson has a friendly feel and the staff, decor and facilities are ideal.

The Alcyon provides the answer if you’re looking for dormy-style ambience and resort centre convenience.

For après-golf, the roof-top bar and pool afford superb views and the brand-new Serge Betsen spa is one of the best we've seen. The great man is often there and his spa is busy so ask us to book before you go.

For modern comforts, 150 enormous bedrooms and a nice “bright” feel to your holiday, the Radisson offers real satisfaction … and good food too!

Easy access to the resorts Owned by French sporting icon Serge Blanco ■ Beautiful dining room and terrace ■ The best small hotel in the region ■

The 15 bedrooms and their bathrooms are small but beautifully-appointed and come complete with flat-screen TV and first-class beds. And although it’s in a quiet district of Biarritz, it’s only a three-minute walk from the myriad of bars and brasseries. Our prices are based on the best bedrooms.

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The Onyx restaurant and its separate TV brasserie provide tasty international cuisine in a lively ambience.

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Hotel Alcyon is a delightful hotel from which to explore the attractions of the resort.

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Courses within 30 minutes Chiberta Arcangues ■ Chantaco

Hossegor Makila ■ Biarritz Le Phare

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This 1900’s villa is one of the finest hotels in south-west France. Overlooking a private lake and with just 29 individually-appointed bedrooms, there is style and luxury wherever you look. The bedrooms come with all the mod-cons, sumptuous furnishings and most have a balcony or terrace. The cosy lounges and bar are very relaxing and the lake-view restaurant is acclaimed for both its cuisine and beautiful salon. If you want the panache and setting of a top hotel but also require a tranquil location, look no further than Chateau de Brindos. Delightful! Courses within 30 minutes Chiberta Arcangues ■ Chantaco

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Moliets Par 72. 6790 yards. Slope 133. European Top 100 course ■ Home to the French PGA Training Academy ■

One of the best Trent Jones’ courses in Europe and wellmaintained throughout the year. The layout mixes parkland, links and woodland and provides a fair and fine test with no excuses.

greens are huge. However, greedy tee-shots pay a high penalty and the bunkers and contoured greens test your short game. Pretty throughout, the best holes are probably the links where you can salvage or savage your score. The clubhouse is impressive with food and a welcome to match. A long but easy walk. Wonderful. Thirty miles north of Biarritz and eight miles north of Seignosse. French Golf Holidays bonuses One in four free Jan - Mar & Oct - Dec ■ One in eight free Apr - June & Sept ■

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greens and plenty of craftilyplaced trees and bunkers.

Hossegor Par 71. 6600 yards. Slope 134. European Top 100 ■ Superb clubhouse atmosphere and food ■ Home club to Jean Van de Velde and the late President Mitterand ■

A wonderful contrast to its more modern neighbours, this is a classic Tom Morrison parkland course with velvet smooth fairways, small

A favourite among golfing aficionados, Hossegor is an exclusive club but welcomes our clients with a smile. The lovely clubhouse also features the best golf restaurant in the region. Hossegor is not long but does require intelligent tee-shots and a good all-round game - this is no grip it and rip it course! Very easy walking. 19 miles north of Biarritz and four miles south of Seignosse.

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Seignosse Par 72. 6741 yards. Slope 144. European Top 100 course Stunning design by Robert von Hagge ■ GPS Buggies ■ ■

The front-runner of the courses in south-west France, this is a Robert von Hagge beauty! Beautifully contoured fairways weave through pine, cork and oak trees to well-protected multi-tiered greens. The fairways are quite

generous and it’s not long off the forward tees so if you can keep your concentration, there are plenty of pars to be had. However, too many players find the all-too-spectacular hazards rather attractive.

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Chiberta

Ocean views (and testing breezes) provide a wonderful golf souvenir.

Par 70. 6215 yards. Slope 125. European Top 100 course ■ Superb links ■ Fabulous Atlantic Ocean views ■

Set out on quite hilly terrain just a couple of miles inland from the Atlantic, the raised tees offer wonderful views. And the course is looking fresh as a daisy after landscaping and buggy path work. The very good clubhouse offers a warm welcome and good food. 23 miles north of Biarritz and four miles north of Hossegor.

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We think Chiberta is one of the most fun links courses in mainland Europe. This is golf at its most original and the subtle Tom Simpson layout and sensational Atlantic

On the links holes, it’s best to play bump-andruns and place your drive on the correct side of the wide fairways. And on the woodland holes, change your game to long drives and target approaches. Chiberta offers a warm welcome to our clients particularly mid-week. A top rate golf club. Easy walking. Two miles north of Biarritz.

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Good holiday golf ■ Beautiful clubhouse with panoramic views

This is “big, modern” golf complete with all the hazards clearly on show so experienced golfers should put a good score together and less accomplished ones can gather some confidence.

A very agreeable American-style course that is arguably the least demanding and most Southern European of the Biarritz layouts.

Makila takes full advantage of the mature oaks and the views of the Pyrenees round off the day nicely. Quite hilly but easy walking. Five miles south-east of Biarritz and four miles from Arcangues.

Makila Bayonne Par 72. 6717 yards. Slope 135. ■

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Arcangues Par 72. 6334 yards. Slope 142. ■ ■

Beautiful views of the Pyrenees Fine clubhouse

Built by one of the grand families of the region, Arcangues impresses from start to finish.

the memory, particularly the tough par threes. Quite hilly and very tough from the back so, unless you're off single-figures and can hit it with the ‘big boys’, our advice is to take buggies, play off the forward tees and enjoy the views. Ideal holiday golf. Five miles southeast of Biarritz. French Golf Holidays bonus ■

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The clubhouse sets the pace with great views and excellent food and all 18 holes linger in

Designed by Harry Colt, the front nine is quite hilly and cuts through very beautiful woodland and the back nine makes for a flatter, water-orientated test.

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Biarritz Le Phare Par 69. 5942 yards. Slope 121. One of the oldest courses in mainland Europe ■ Perfectly located for your first or last day’s golf ■ Adjacent to the Mercure Thalassa ■ Host to the prestigious Biarritz Trophy ■

Laid out by Willie Dunn in 1888 for the aristocrats holidaying in Biarritz, Le Phare is a lovely

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Short by modern standards, the landing zones are tight, the greens are quite small and there are lots and lots of bunkers...This is a course for the thinking golfer or one who heads the sand-saves table! A members club with a fine sporting tradition, it is best to play here midweek to catch it at its most welcoming. Hilly in parts. Two miles south of Saint-Jeande-Luz and eight miles south-west of Biarritz.

parkland course with devious fairways and small greens. With wind coming from the nearby Atlantic, Biarritz can certainly show its teeth and you'll need to have all the shots of a links player to muster a good score. Surrounded by impressive villas, there's an easy-going holiday feel about the place and the lovely clubhouse and staff are first-class. Very flat. Just outside the centre of the resort.

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Par 70. 6416 yards. Slope 133.

Free trolley hire

Owned by the famous Lacoste sporting family ■ Designed by Harry Colt ■ Art-deco clubhouse ■

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