Friday, 1 October 2010

Loire Valley in France – Perfect Golf Holiday Destination

Tourists visiting France who bring along their clubs won't be disheartened or need to face the challenges of arranging tee times as they typically do when visiting Ireland and Scotland. In France there's two hundred and eighty thousand registered golfers for three hundfred and forty courses. This means lots of available tee times and no crowds on a course.

Golfers can usually walk in on their own without reservation and make their own tee times at courses in France. There is more than enough of space in front of you and behind you while playing golf in France. An unhurried pace of play results from this opportunity for tee times.

A great holiday golf destination needs the following; good accommodation at a reasonably decent price, more than enough of bars and restaurants for your evening entertainment. The Loire valley area in France offers great accommodation at a reasonable price, lots of things to see and do and, of course, a multitude of superb courses. This region has been providing a temporary home for golfers from the United Kingdom for the past few years.

One of the Loire Valleys major attractions is that usually an impressive, majestic castle overlooks the golf course. It is a visually striking area and one that definitely deserves special attention for a budding photographers out there.

Tourraine is another beautiful course. Although short, its raised small greens make approach shots extremely tough while various natural hazards keep you on your guard at all times. As its names suggests, Chateau de Cheverny is a grand setting for a days golf. The course was created in 1989 and is located among 350 acres of stunning woodland, lakes and open countryside for a somewhat magnificent experience. Ardree, a rolling parkland with natural lakes, is overlooked through a turreted 16th century chateau thats awaiting development.

Les Aisses is another of those European style courses where you can choose from three loops of nine to form your round. Chateau des Sept Tours and Limere Orleans are also not to be missed.

The finest course in the area, however, is Les Bordes, consistently ranked in the top five of Frances best courses. The golf course is a work of art and thoroughly deserving of its secluded location not far from Chateau Chambord. In terms of cost and convenience, Les Bordes is eminently achievable and should rank high on your itinerary.

Built at the behest of the industrialist Baron Marcel Bich (of the Bic empire) and his Japanese trading partner, Mr Yoshiaki Sakurai, Les Bordes was originally created as a private club for their own pleasure and that of their friends. Leading architect Robert von Hagge was drafted in and handed a simple but decided brief "to make a golf course that would prepare French golfers to play the finest courses in the world without being intimidated".

In accordance with the owners wishes, scrupulous care was taken to minimise disruption to the surroundings, as well as what was once Bichs hunting estate has been blessed with a course that has been ranked as one of the finest - and toughest - in Europe. Best of all, the place retains an air of privilege and privacy, but is without the tiresome airs and graces that is able to so frequently put you off a destination.

Construction began in 1984 and, with cash no object - a useful condition in anyones contract. Von Hagges creation is today the centrepiece of a course that enjoys to the full its majestic position in the Sologne, the ancient lake-studded forest at the heart of the Loire Valley.

The risk-reward element is very much the name of the game at Les Bordes, as well as though the course does open up a good bit on the homeward nine, your ball-striking is tested even more thoroughly, with the slightest errors multiplied the further back you choose to play. Jean van de Veldes course record of 71 gives you some idea of just how demanding the course is, not that the difficulty should in way put you off playing here.

Les Bordes is one of only two courses in Continental Europe to enjoy the highest rating in the Peugot Golf Guide to 1000 European courses. All in all, the Loire Valley offers everything the travelling golfer requires.


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