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Clockwise from top left: Barman Laurent Mallet serves a calvados inside Le Green Bar, Hôtel du Golf Barriére, Deauville; wooden sign depicting apple picking; golfing beside the iconic white chalk cliffs of Normandy (photo: © Atout France/Jean François Lefebvre)

NORMANDY: CIDER HOUSE RULES The Pays d’Auge region of Normandy is a picturesque landscape of small towns, rolling meadows, russet-coloured apple orchards and half-timbered farmsteads. The good news for golfers is there’s ample opportunity to play some fine courses and sample delicious local produce afterwards. Start your tour at the luxurious Hôtel du Golf Barrière near the coastal town of Deauville. Many famous guests have enjoyed the hotel’s old-world charms since it opened its doors in 1929, including Errol Flynn and Yves Saint Laurent. Today, these personalities smile across from their autographed photos inside the foyer, just opposite the cool Le Green bar with its extensive selection of calvados, an apple brandy. Only a long putt from the hotel – and rated among France’s top 20 prettiest layouts – you’ll find Barrière Deauville. Golf Course’s three loops of nine holes. All are in excellent condition with beautifully manicured fairways and greens. The original 18 holes, built by Tom Simpson in 1929, is parkland with sea views, while the other ninebear a more wooded character.

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Rendezvous en France 2013  

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