Cruise and play Golf in France
With over 600 golf courses in France to choose from you’re spoilt for choice. Add a divine hotel barge cruise that takes you to a variety of tees, or self-drive your own craft in your favourite region.
The Ryder Cup 2018 held in France saw Europe overcome the United States with a score of 17.5 – 10.5 at Le Golf National.
So, there’s every reason to get into the swing of things ready for the next tournament: the 43rd Ryder Cup will be help in Kohler, Wisconsin, in September 2020.
Take a moment to read about the top 9 golf courses in France.
Which is your favourite? Why not combine your love of golf with a luxurious hotel barge cruise or an enjoyable self-drive boating cruise?
Charter a cruise for 8 aboard Rosa and play in the south-west of France
Sunday, Day 1 Boé
Guests are met in Toulouse and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Rosa. Following a champagne and canapés welcome, there is time for a gentle stroll along the towpath in Agen before your first dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 Boé to Pommevic
Today, we enjoy our first round of golf at the impressive Golf d’Albret situated in expansive parkland with wonderful views of the surrounding valleys and villages. After lunch on board we enjoy a leisurely cruise through the bucolic countryside to Pommevic near Valence d’Agen, an 18th century Bastide town with its Palladian canalside public wash-house and arcaded market place. Dinner on board.
(18 holes, par 72, 5760 metres)
Tuesday, Day 3 Pommevic to Moissac
This morning, we transfer to Golf d’Espalais a gentle course with beautiful water features located in the Auvillar foothills. Afterwards, if there is time, we can take a short drive to Auvillar, a 15th century village perched high on the side of a gorge above the River Garonne. We return to the hotel barge for lunch, then an afternoon cruise on the River Tarn takes us to the nautical base of St Livrade, before rising up from the river and turning west on the brick-lined canal to Moissac. This evening, maybe after a game of boules, we stroll ashore to savour regional specialities at the excellent restaurant Le Florentin, in front of the spectacular entrance portal of the abbey.
(9 holes, par 35, 2286 metres)
Wednesday, Day 4 Moissac to Castelsarrasin
This morning, we visit the UNESCO-classified Abbaye St-Pierre de Moissac, one of the architectural highlights of the region, founded in the 7th century with its wonderfully preserved cloisters and chapel. Then explore the charming town with its abundance of arts and crafts workshops. After lunch on board, we continue our cruise towards Castelsarrasin crossing the River Tarn via the 1,000 foot long aqueduct, the Pont Canal du Cacor. Dinner on board.
Thursday, Day 5 Castelsarrasin to Montech
After breakfast, we drive to Golf Montauban L’Estang. It is the longest course in the region and is set in a nature reserve with superb panoramic views. A challenge for any golfer. In the afternoon, a leisurely cruise to Montech allows us to enjoy the hotel barge’s sundeck, or walk and cycle along the towpath. We also tour the remarkable inclined Water Plane, an amazing feat of engineering that by-passes five locks and, when back in service in the near future, will lower vessels 43 feet all in one go. Dinner on board.
(18 holes, par 72, 6309 metres)
Friday, Day 6 Montech to Montauban
This morning, we drive to Golf International Toulouse Seilh which offers two courses set in rural countryside. There is the championship ‘Rouge’ course which features in the European Challenge Tour and provides a sterner, or the more forgiving ‘Yellow’ course. For our final afternoon cruise, Rosa meanders down the flight of ten locks on the beautiful and recently-restored branch canal skirting the Forest of Agre and moors in the port of the historical town of Montauban. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
(18 holes, par 72, 5577 metres), (18 holes, par 64, 5852 meters)
Saturday, Day 7 Montauban
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus back to their choice of location in Toulouse.
Other Hotel Barge cruises with golfing options are also available
Charter a cruise for 4 aboard Randle on the delightful Nivernais canal in west Burgundy
Day 1 Sunday: Arrival
Pick up in Paris at 14:00 for a transfer by private executive car to the Randle, moored in Chevroches, arriving at around 16:30 for a evening cruise. Welcome drinks on board and then dinner ashore at the Hostellerie de la post on arrival in Clamecy.
Day 2 Monday:
After breakfast, a whole day cruise to Mailly-la-Ville stopping along the way at Lucy-sur-Yonne for lunch, with the cliffs at le-Roches-Saussois to explore.
Evening dinner at the wonderful Chateau Vault-de-Lugny, (20 minutes by car)
Day 3 Tuesday:
After breakfast on board Randle depart by car for a day of golf at the magnificent Chateau de Chailly, with 18 Holes amidst the rolling Burgundy landscape of the Armancon valley.
The golf course was built in 1990, a 6,036m (6601yd) par 72 course its overall design was the vision of Mr Sata who commissioned Thierry Sprecher and Géry Watine, who have since designed over 50 golf courses in 14 countries.
The golf course design has incorporated the natural streams which are in play on three holes and preserved the century old trees throughout. The Château de Chailly is a parkland golf course with raised greens, which are well protected by bunkers and water hazards. The 11th semi-island par three hole is the signature hole on the golf course with the Château in the background.
Evening return to the Randle for dinner on board prepared by our gourmet chef Gael Robertson, complemented by a premier cru wine of the region.
Day 4 Wednesday:
Morning visit to the wonderfully preserved medieval village of Noyers-sur-Serein, then return for lunch aboard the Randle and an afternoon cruise to Accolay. Dinner at Hostellerie de la Poste, a short stroll from the mooring.
Day 5 Thursday:
A morning cruise to Vincelles and then depart by car to Roncemay, a 6,801m (7,437 yds) par 72 course created in 1989 on an area of land between an oak forest, lakes and a lush plateau. After lunch at the club house, play the 18 holes of this magnificent course. Evening return to the Randle for another delightful prepared by chef Gael.
Day 6 Friday:
A morning tour of the Grand-Cru vineyards of Chablis with wine tasting in the village; then return for lunch aboard the Randle
Afternoon cruise to Auxerre, a wonderfully preserved medieval town, and what better way to cap the week than evening dinner at the Michelin Starred L’Aspérule, just a short stroll from our mooring in Auxerre.
Day 7 Saturday:
After breakfast, private car transfer back to Paris for onward journey.
Other Hotel Barge cruises with golfing options are also available
Take a long week-end Self-Drive Hire-Boat holiday and Golf in Anjou in north-west France
Usually golfers like to steer clear of the water but at Sablé-sur-Sarthe you might think otherwise. A combination of fine golf and a relaxing boating holiday appeals to golfer and non-golfer alike.
Friday: day 1
Arrive at the Nicols Sablé-sur-Sarthe base to collect your boat at 4pm. After some instruction you’re free to set off and after 45 minutes you’ll arrive at the Sablé Solesmes Golf Course. It’s right at the waters’ edge and you can moor up here for the evening enjoy evening meal at the golf course restaurant ‘The Kingfisher’, sat on the beautiful terrace with views over the course.
Spend the night there or after a 15 mins cruise, moor at the peaceful village of Pincé (no facilities or shops).
Saturday: day 2
This morning it’s all about golf! The Sablé Solesmes Golf Course is a true gem and one of the most beautiful golf courses in western France. With a total of 27 holes you have the choice of the three ‘Waterfall’, ‘Forest’ and ‘River’ nine hole courses.
It’s possible to get on the course pretty much as you step off the boat! The 13th hole is located directly alongside the pontoon. Be aware though – this hole provides a tricky start and is known as the Bermuda Triangle for golf balls!
After completing your round there is still plenty of time to explore the beauty and history of the Sarthe valley. A 45 mins return cruise will take you back to Sablé, where, if you were on the course early, you should still make the Saturday market (until 1pm).
A must see is the remarkable Solesmes Abbey – famous for its precious alter pieces and Gregorian chants. Panoramic views can be enjoyed fromv the top of the Chapel Notre Dame in Port de Juigné.
Avoise is 90 mins further on where the magnificently restored Manoir de la Perrine de Cry overlooks the Sarthe river. The pretty village of Parcé provides an excellent evening mooring for supper on deck.
Sunday: day 3
Pescheseul Castle and Dureil await further along the canal, and l’Auberge des Acacias is a delicious stop for lunch. Enjoy the cruise back to base for 6pm.
Features of this canal boat holiday:
- The Nicols team will handle all of the golf course bookings for you
- Golf starts the minute you set foot off your boat
- No car transfers needed because the base is close to the train station (90 minutes from Paris / 1 hour from Nantes)
- Sablé-Solesmes Golf Course is set right alongside the River Sarthe offering all the freedom and flexibility that a boating holiday offer
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