Published on : Thursday, March 30, 2017
Situated among the vines and many famous Chateaux, this golf resort is an unmissable destination in South West France. Its location near Bordeaux allows visitors to combine golf, gastronomy and wine tasting, yet only 20 minutes from the city’s international airport. It’s the perfect combination for golf lovers seeking to discover the many fine wines and Châteaux of the Medoc. Whether one is an oenophile or a serious golfer – or perhaps a bit of both – Bordeaux and the Medoc will undoubtedly offer a spectacular array of pleasures and memories. Nowhere else on earth will one find such a diverse range of Chateaux and Grands Crus, so skilfully cultivated, for golf and wine.
The four-star Hotel overlooks the golf courses and offers exceptional views from the restaurants and the rooms’ private patios. The restaurant, ‘La Table du Médoc’ is the place to enjoy the most prestigious Grand Crus Classés wines from Médoc region as well as fine dining on regional produce. You can even go to the rich wine room and pick your favourite bottle. Drink it close to the cozy lounge library and bar or on the terrace facing some holes of Les Châteaux course.
On the Medoc Wine Trail, make a stop at Château Mouton Rothschild or Château Pichon-Longueville to enjoy all the secret from the Médoc know-how. Les Châteaux course, a par 71 of 7189 yards is the only course designed by Bill Coore in Europe. This championship course is a pure delight, with each hole is named after one of Médoc’s top wines. Les Châteaux was in 2015 ranked by Golf World in Continental Europe’s Top 15 courses. It’s inspired by links with its fast-running fairways, but has a heathland nature a la Walton Heath. Retief Goosen won the 1999 French Open here. The adjacent ‘Les Vignes’ was designed by Rod Whitman and this 6,281-yard track is pleasant and perhaps a bit less demanding but offered strategic choices off the tee. It was ranked at 52nd by Golf World. The landscape is relatively flat, but winds through pine forests, heathland and around a lake.