Le Touquet La Mer
Designed by the legendary Harry Colt in 1931 and acclaimed by many as one of his greatest architectural achievements, recent investment has seen this breath taking course restored to Colt’s original vision. The sea views on this course are simply stunning from the elevated tees and with La Mer recently being voted in the ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe’, it is a must-play when in Northern France for any avid golfer.
Set within the dunes overlooking the channel, this international tournament hosting championship venue is reminiscent of a traditional Scottish links design. Coastal winds, well placed bunkers and firm, fast greens provide the experienced golfer with a suitable challenge, meaning Sam Torrance’s incredible course record of 63 set at the 1976 French Open may stand for some time yet!
Measuring 6,407 metres and nestled deep within the heart of the Pas de Calais region, this classic links course certainly holds character. The challenge this course holds is emphasised with elevated tees, huge dunes, and the fierce Atlantic winds. The La Mer golf course demands every inch of its player’s concentration. Due to its challenging nature and picturesque views, it comes as no surprise that this golf course has hosted the French Open an impressive six times. This course is widely considered to be more challenging than its sister course, the La Foret course.
Buggy Hire, Changing Facilities, Driving Range, Par 72, Pro Shop, Putting Green, Short game practice area
Sand hills contour the landscape from the ‘’Redan’’ themed par-3 7th hole, winding through to the elevated par-4 18th hole. Greenery and small trees add further definition to the course, including multiple large sand dunes. This varied layout on the back nine holes is sure to keep all golfers on their toes. Sloped run off areas and strategic bunkering lining the greens require the upmost accuracy from players.
The par-4 final hole on the La Mer golf course is one of the best on the course due to the magnificent views across the English Channel from the elevated tees. However players are advised to not be too captivated by this view as they need to be aware of the bunker short left of the green. Again, bunkers run the risk of getting the best of players on the par-3 7th hole, where golfers need to conquer an uphill green that is open to the effects of the wind, and may direct their shot into the two bunkers short and left of the green.
The architecture of the Le Touquet clubhouse if definitely a sight to marvel at; featuring a fabulous structure of wood and glass that blends in with the natural forestry surrounding the courses. Within the clubhouse golfers are invited to treat themselves to a delectable meal on the restaurant terrace, or visit the well-stocked pro shop.