Hardelot Les Pins
Remodelled by heralded British golf architect Tom Simpson in 1931, the appropriately named “Les Pins” retains all the delightful elements of the classic era of golf design and is beautifully sculpted through the heart of the glorious Hardelot pine forest.
Hardelot benefits from favourable climate allowing enough rain to keep fairways and greens in pristine condition while the mild climate ensures pleasurable year round golf. The landscape of this beautiful course features spacious dunes and a dense pine forest. The forestry and greenery lining this fabulous course is sure to provide an unforgettable challenge.
The course requires careful planning and accurate approach play, featuring some truly brilliant bunkering, none more evident than the superb finishing hole, where a large cross-bunker awaits ambitious drives! The benefit of this course is that although it is undeniably a good test, it generously rewards careful shots. The first hole prepares the golfer for the challenge ahead by luring the player into a false sense of security with its deceptively wide fairway.
3 nights, 2 roundsHotel Barriere Le Westminster
Buggy Hire, Driving Range, Par 73, Pro Shop, Putting Green, Short game practice area
The landscape of this course consists of natural contours created by sand dunes, and the sandy soil perfectly drains excess rainfall leaving the greens in perfect conditions all year round. In its three year renovation, more than three thousand overgrown trees were removed to widen the greens and restore the course back to its natural beauty. Furthermore, in re-landscaping the Les Pins course, the back nine holes had their roles changed in the challenge this course bears; they can no longer be seen as tamer than the front nine as they are no longer considered to be relatively flat. For example, the par-5 10th and 13th holes were transformed with the construction of several strategically placed bunkers, testing its player’s recovery skills to the full. After the renovation was completed, the course played to a par of 71. However, it is recommended that players bring their A-game to the 6th hole, as it is widely considered to be one of the trickiest par 5s in Europe.
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 Dunes course.