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Teeing off on the Côte d'Azur: Saint Endréol

Any golfer passing along the A8 motorway should know – and make a stop at – Saint Endréol. It’s been described as one of France’s flagship courses and was designed by Michel Gayon, who is responsible for dozens of excellent sites developed in the last 30 years.

Close to Le Muy, the 18-hole course is beautifully laid out on a naturally wooded and hilly terrain. As there are occasional long walks between holes, a buggy is advisable. The often-photographed second hole is fabulously strategic, with a blind tee shot requiring a hybrid or iron if you're visiting for the first time, followed by a dangerous approach across the lake.

If you're playing the course for the second time, you'll undoubtedly want to 'have a go' at driving the 12th. A big sliced or faded drive can bring the green into range on this short, but severe and blind dogleg. All you have to do is find the right part of the slope... Eagles and quadruple bogeys are both common here!

There is then a bit of a trek to the fantastic 13th. One of the best Par 3s in the region, it features an elevated tee shot to a green surrounded by water on three sides. Finding the extensive sand trap here will be a relief to many. The homeward route is less spectacular from there, although no less challenging.

The river continues to represent an out-of-bounds challenge along the 14th, 15th and 16th, while the left is bordered by a steep incline. The intimidating 17th is a very tough hole. This Index 1Par 4 was, once upon a time, a Par 5. Trust me when I say: this hole is uphill, mentally and physically. I'm impressed with anybody who can make a bogey here, and you will need to sit down when you eventually reach the green.

The facility includes a downhill driving range and a nice short game area as well as a comprehensive spa centre with its impressive 370 acres. Competitive green fee offers and a great course layout all make Saint Endréol well worth a look the next time you head up the autoroute.

Saint Endréol is also the former home of Youtube's bilingual golf instruction legend, Franck Mazzarese, who currently runs a popular restaurant in the Valmasque. If you’ve spent any time watching his online clips, you’ll certainly have seen some of the course. Whether it’ll play to your advantage, only a round will tell.

 

The course
18 hole
Par 72
6,169 metre
Driving range & putting-chippinggreen,
Clubhouse, restaurant, terrace, proshop, changing rooms & sanitary facilities for guests

High season green fee: €78
Low season green fee: €68
End of the day green fee: €56
Golf cart: €38 

4300 Route de Bagnols en Forêt
83920 La Motte
www.st-endreol.com