Hardelot Les Dunes
The younger and shorter of the two Hardelot courses, the Les Dunes course blends effortlessly into the idyllic landscape consisting of lakes, sand dunes, and a picturesque woodland. The unique modern design of this beautiful course has largely contributed to its prestigious reputation.
Your short game is vital as course improvements have remodelled Les Dunes to now feature six par 3 holes; birdies can soon turn to bogies with well-placed bunkers, and there are now subtle green undulations to be wary of when making your approach. With multiple doglegs resulting in several blind drives, this course certainly does not pose as an inferior challenge to its sister course, Les Pins. The wide fairways on this course are deceptive, and can often lure its players into a false sense of security as dog legs and difficult blind shots need to be overcome. Furthermore, several bunkers line the greens therefore golfers are often advised to play with caution as not to hinder their scorecard. The sloped terrain and the dense placement of trees on this course will definitely test all aspects of your game.
Buggy Hire, Driving Range, Par 69, Par 73, Pro Shop, Putting Green, Short game practice area
The opening par-4 hole adequately prepares its players for the challenge ahead as its landscape includes dramatic elevation changes, and deep bunkers. Golfers must choose their club carefully, as driving accuracy is imperative to score well on this hole. The Les Dunes course definitely pushes the player’s short game skills to their limits.
Another signature hole of this magnificent course includes the par-3 7th hole. It features a sloping green, and it is recommended the player uses a 7 iron to successfully overcome the undulating bunkers for the first shot. It is essential that the ball is hit straight off the green due to the deceiving sloped nature of this hole. If you successfully hit the green, then there is at least a good chance of a birdie!
Arrival at the clubhouse is warm and welcoming, allowing you to relax and unwind with a drink at the Sports Bar, and meal at Le Restaurant des Dunes after your round. This course is situated in an ideal location, just 5 minutes away from Hardelot town centre and 30 minutes south of Calais. Furthermore, it is less than 2 kilometres away from its sister course, the Les Pins course. Set within a tranquil woodland setting, these courses are a must-play on your next golfing holiday to Northern France.