Le Touquet

Le Touquet

Le Touquet

Le Touquet | NCG Top 100s: European Golf Resorts

Le Touquet Golf Resort has lived a varied life. From its beginnings in the early 19th Century, through being bombarded with extensive German attacks during the Second World War, Le Touquet has come through it all. The resort, with a 41-room hotel, three golf courses and practice area, is one of the best golf resorts in the north of France.

It is situated just outside the town of Le Touquet, which is just an hour south of Calais, making it easy for Brits to take the ferry or Channel Tunnel to reach the resort. All three of Paris’ airports are within a three hour drive of Le Touquet, and provide daily flights to countries all around the world to make Le Touquet easy to reach for international visitors.

45 holes are on offer at Golf du Touquet. La Foret was the first course built at the resort, back at the start of the 20th Century, with La Mer and La Manoir shortly following, La Manoir is the 9-hole short course, which is the perfect place for beginners to learn the game, while La Mer is the championship course. It played host to the Open de France six times, with Seve Ballesteros being one of the tournament’s winners at Le Touquet.

There are plenty of accommodation options at Le Manoir Hotel, with five types of rooms. The main building houses standard and deluxe rooms, with junior and grande suites also available. The resort also plays host to a number of bungalows, which are situated away from the main hotel building. Le Touquet provides something for everyone, and with 45 holes of golf, it’s a great place to come on your annual golfing holiday.

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Le Touquet Overview | NCG Top 100s: European Golf Resorts

45 Holes Of Golf

Not only is Le Touquet a complete golfing resort, but the golf aspect of the venue is sublime. There are 45 holes, split across two 18-hole courses - La Foret and La Mer - and a 9-hole track - La Manoir. 

The three were all designed and constructed prior to the Second World War, but the war left the area desolate, and the courses became overgrown. However, over the next few decades, work was put in to bring Le Touquet back to its former glory. 

La Mer
1928 saw work begin on La Mer, designed by Harry Colt and flowing through the dunes of the region. La Mer’s 18-hole golf course is one of France’s rare links courses, with Colt’s design bringing the best of British links golf to this part of France.

La Mer has played host to the Open de France six times in its history, most recently in 1977, its last appearance on the DP World Tour. Seve Ballesteros was the man to win on that occasion, with the likes of Martin Pose, Aubrey Boomer and James Douglas Edgar also being victorious at Le Touquet.

La Foret
Dating back to 1904, La Foret is one of the oldest courses in Continental Europe. It has been a feature of the resort for more than a century, and it takes its name from the forest setting that it finds itself in.

The recent renovations of the resort have seen new greens implemented on some holes of La Foret. The wide fairways make it a slightly easier challenge than La Mer, but the small and tricky greens are difficult targets.

La Manoir
The resort’s 9-hole course is La Manoir, which was built just prior to the First World War. It was designed and constructed in the middle of the La Foret course, and provides a great short course for those not wanting to play a full 18. It is also the perfect place for beginners to also learn the intricacies of the game in an authentic setting.

High-Class Practice Facilities

Golf du Touquet has a driving range with covered and uncovered bays, a putting green and several practice areas, including approach and bunker practice areas. This combination allows golfers to try and perfect all aspects of their games during a practice session, or simply warm up before your round.

The driving range at Le Touquet has a total of 30 bays, with 20 of those being covered to allow practice in inclement weather. There are also a further ten bays outside on artificial mats. There are also two short game practice areas, with one of those located by the driving range. That includes a couple of bunkers to practise the sand game. There is also a second short game area in front of the clubhouse.

Golf du Touquet has three putting greens as well. The first is adjacent to the driving range, the second is beside the La Forêt and Le Manoir tee-off areas and the third is next to La Mer’s first hole.

Le Manoir Hotel

Le Manoir Hotel is the accommodation offering at Le Touquet, and it is a longstanding establishment, going back over a century in different guises. It now is a stunningly sophisticated hotel with high quality hospitality.

Le Manoir Hotel was built in 1911 as a family home for Allen Stoneham, who was the founder of Golf du Touquet in the early 20th Century. Its destiny changed after World War II, when it replaced the golfers’ clubhouse, which had sustained damage from bombardments during the war. 

In 2017, Le Manoir underwent comprehensive renovations, under the guidance of Stephanie Cayet, an interior architect and graduate of the Boulle and Camando schools. She brought Le Manior into the present day with a new interior design, whilst keeping notes of the French authenticity.

There are 41 rooms available to stay in during your time at Le Touquet, ranging from classic rooms to deluxe rooms, with junior suites and grande suites also available. Separate from the main building, the seaside feel of the classic bungalows on site give you a getaway feeling. And they even feature individual, furnished south-facing terraces.

FAQs about Le Touquet

Where is Le Touquet located?
Le Touquet is located in the northern part of France, in the Pas-de-Calais region of the country. The resort is just a mile or so inland from the Channel. Both Calais (to the north) and Amiens (to the south) are just over an hour away from Le Touquet by car.

What is the nearest airport to Le Touquet?
The nearest international airport to Le Touquet is Beauvais-Tilly, also known as Paris Beauvais. It is situated about 100 miles south of Le Touquet, just under two hours from the resort by car. Paris also has Charles de Gaulle Airport and Orly Airport, for guests coming to the country from places where flights do not go direct to Beauvais.

However, for those coming from the United Kingdom, it could actually be easier to drive to Dover and then get on either the Channel Crossing Ferry or the Channel Tunnel, and driving the hour down from Calais to Le Touquet.

What golf facilities does Le Touquet offer?
Golf du Touquet has a driving range with covered and uncovered bays, a putting green and several practice areas, including approach and bunker practice areas. This combination allows you to perfect all your strokes during a practice session, or simply warm up before your round.

Le Touquet also has a well-stocked pro-shop, including major brands and gear with the Golf du Touquet branding on. 

What are the green fees at Le Touquet?
The prices for the three courses at Le Touquet are slightly different. La Mer, with it being the championship venue, is the most expensive of the three, with a green fee during the high season costing just over €100.

La Foret, the historical course at Le Touquet, will set you back just shy of €90 for an 18-hole round, with it costing €50 to play 9-holes. La Manoir, the 9-hole track at Le Touquet, is €45 to play. 

What accommodation is on offer at Le Touquet?
Le Manoir Hotel is the main accommodation at Le Touquet. Built in the 1910s, it became the clubhouse for the golf courses following the extensive bombing of the region in the Second World War.

The hotel underwent comprehensive renovations in 2017, with the aim of preserving its elegant style, while also bringing the hotel up to modern standards. There are now a range of choices when it comes to accommodation, with more than 40 rooms in the hotel. 

What other resorts and courses are nearby?
There are no other resorts on the NCG Top 100 European Golf Resorts list in close proximity, but there are a range of golf courses local to Le Touquet.

Belle Dune is just under half an hour away to the south down the Channel coast, with Golf Nampont Saint-Marint approximately the same distance, but slightly more inland. To the north, Golf D’Hardelot is within the same driving distance.

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