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Golf in the Basque Country: 5 great courses

The Basque Country region in south west France is reputed as being a beautiful corner of the world, and there’s no better way to admire it than strolling around a golf course! So, if you like the idea of playing golf in the Basque Country, then here are 5 places you won’t want to miss.

Biarritz Le Phare Golf Course

This course is excellently located in the centre of Biarritz. It was created in 1888 by English holidaymakers, which explains the resolutely English country club feel to it. This is the place to go if you like to take in a sea view as you play your round.
– 18-hole course
– 69 par
– 5,376 m
Address: 2, avenue Edith Cavell 64200 Biarritz

Golf de Biarritz

Ilbarritz Golf Course

This huge practice was designed in 1988. Its particularity is its split-level and circular layout. The course is right on the Atlantic coast, and its scenic setting makes a great backdrop for a very enjoyable game. It is a highly technical course and caters to all abilities, from novices to pros.
– 9-hole course
– 32 par
– 2,176 m
Address: avenue du Château 64210 Bidart

Arcangues Golf Course

This golf course is on land owned by the Arcangues family, and was opened in the 1990s. The two brothers, Guy and Jean, decided to turn a few hectares of farming land into an impressive golf course. If you like the idea of playing golf in the Basque Country, then you will love this unique course with a view of the Pyrenees mountains.
– 18-hole course
– 72 par
– 5,285 m
Address: avalanche de Jaureguiborda 64200 Arcangues

Golf d'Arcangues

Makila Golf Club

For the next golf course on our list, we head towards Bayonne. The Makila Golf Club is on a natural wooded site with gentle hills, and easily holds its own against the other courses. Golfers of all abilities will enjoy the wide fairways.
– 18-hole golf
– 72 par
– 6,176 m
Address: route de Cambo 64200 Bassussarry

Seignosse Golf Course

We finish up with Seignosse golf course, which was voted the 15th best golf course in Europe by Golf World magazine and the best golf course in France by British golf tour operators. Surrounded by pine trees and cork oak trees, it is a beautiful setting for anyone looking to play golf in the Basque Country, or to be more precise, near the Basque Country, as this golf course is in Les Landes, just north of the Basque border. This club is must in the region, and its winding fairways and water obstacles make for a great game.
– 18-hole course
– 72 par
– 6,129 m
Address: avenue du Belvédère 40 510 Seignosse

Golf de Seignosse

Where to stay for a golf holiday in the Basque Country?

The best way to try out all these golf courses at your leisure is to rent a luxury villa in Biarritz, Arcangues or near Bayonne. You get to admire the natural beauty of the region as you stroll along the fairways, while any non-golfers in the family can head to the beach or take in the sights. The Basque Country is a fabulous place with lots on offer in terms of culture, scenery and, of course, food. We highly recommend a meal at L’Impertinent, a Michelin-star restaurant in Biarritz that serves delicious fare made from local ingredients. Going so far in the south of France, you have the choice going further to Spain where you search for an attractive villa on the beachfront or stay in the region and be hosted in some other luxury french villas to rent.

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