The Best Golf Courses
French Riviera is one of the best places in the world to golf, with an exceptional 62 golf facilities across the region — many boasting stunning scenery and attached to gastronomic restaurants. With such a diverse range of facilities on offer, we have compiled a selection of the best 18-hole golf clubs that welcome visitors.
Golf Courses with a Hotel
Best Value & Seaside: Old Course
Old Course is a seaside course (actually, two courses) that is adjacent to the beach and port in Mandelieu-la-Napoule (in the gorgeous Esterel red-rock region, about 20 minutes from Cannes). The course is unique in that it has two rivers running through it which you cross via a ferry. It has with a charming colombage clubhouse and a restaurant with several beautiful terraces, one which feels like a treehouse.
This 177-acre golf course was first underwritten by the exiled Grand Duke Michael of Russia in 1891. Famed British golf course architect Henry Colt designed the first 9-hole course, known today as the “Grand Duke.” In the late twentieth century, a second 18-hole course, named the “Old Course” was extended north across the La Siagne river.
The Old Course is also only a stone’s-throw from many restaurants, including the charming restaurant / tea house L’Oasis Comptoir Gourmand and its sister restaurant, Le Bistrot de L’Oasis whose terrace overlooks the river.
The Old Course is adjacent to three hotels: the charming riverside Hôtel Ermitage de l’Oasis , the mega-resort Pullman Cannes Mandelieu Royal Casino , and the budget 3-star Appart’ Hotel . Green fees are €50 to €90. Phone: +33492973200
A 5-minute drive or 30-minute walk inland from the Old Course is another course — the very hilly Riviera Golf de Barbossi . Their website advertises many amenities, like a hotel and organic wine-tasting cave , but these are all a short drive away (and not a very pleasant walk), next to Old Course. There is only one restaurant on the premises, L’Arbre Jaune , which is charming, but closes at 3pm. The course has a stream and several ponds, and they offer golf lessons for both kids and adults. It is associated with horse-riding stables and nearby paddle and tennis courts . Green fees are €75. Phone: +33492974646
If choosing between the two, we recommend the Old Course due to its proximity to hotels, the sea, and multiple restaurants. Once you’ve played that course and are looking for something new, then take a 5-minute cab inland to the Riviera Golf de Barbossi.
Most Extravagant & Expensive: Terre Blanche & St Tropez
Terre Blanche Golf Resort in Fayence (an hour from Cannes) is attached to a very large 5-star resort with private villa-style suites, three swimming pools, tennis courts, five restaurants, and a large spa. Be aware that during school holidays and the summer, this is a very family and children-forward resort. Green fees range from €60 (for 9 holes off-season) to €180 (for 18 holes in the summer). Phone: +33493399000
Affordable Luxury: Royal Mougins & Roquebrune
Roquebrune Golf Resort is ideally located between Cannes & Saint-Tropez, just 10 min from Saint-Raphaël & Sainte-Maxime. The course is attached to a 5-star hotel called Le Daya (with room rates as low as €240) which has a cozy restaurant and a spa, or you can rent a private villa. Most holes are surrounded by forest. Green fees are €55 (9 holes) to €90 (18 holes). Phone: +33494196035
Budget Option: Opio Valbonne
Opio Valbonne Golf Resort is about 20 minutes inland from Cannes or Antibes. The 220-hectare course is unique in that each hole is surrounded by forest. It has a tennis court and a 4-star hotel called Château de la Bégude (make sure to ask for a classic Provencal-style room) with a swimming pool on the property. Green fees range from €55 to €103. Phone: +33493120008
Once you’ve played that course, take a 10-minute cab ride to a more traditional course, Golf de la Grande Bastide , which has a rather basic restaurant on site. Green fees range from €48 to €90. Phone: +33493777008
Golf Courses Without a Hotel
Best Views: Monte-Carlo
Monte-Carlo Golf Club is a 30 minute drive north of Monaco in La Turbie. It is known for its incredible sea and mountain views. The clubhouse serves food, but is fairly basic and does not have Wifi. Green fees range from €70 to €170. Phone: +33492415070
Most Prestigious: St Tropez
Golf Club de Saint-Tropez in Gassin is a quick 5 minute drive from St Tropez. It has a charming restaurant and clubhouse. You can rent a private villa on the property, which gives you access to a swimming pool, but there is not a traditional hotel. There is a 9-hole and an 18-hole course and some holes have dramatic views of the four villages on the peninsula: Grimaud, Gassin, Ramatuelle, and Saint-Tropez. Note that the slope is quite high, with a few blind holes. Green fees are €150 (9 holes) to €220 (18 holes). Phone: +33494551344