Golfing holidays in the basque country

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Basque Country, sports ground par excellence. We know the Basque Country for its coasts , attracting surfers and water sports enthusiasts every season. We know the fervor of Basque ball sports, but did you know that it is one of the most popular places to play golf ? To learn , improve your game, enjoy a thematic stay entirely focused on the pleasures of the green , the Basque Country is the ideal destination !

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Golf in the Basque Country

The Basque Country is a golfers' paradise . Whatever your level , you will find in the Basque Country a perfect playground. Nearly ten golf courses are present in the Basque Country alone (and on the Landes border), with the coasts tormented by waves or strings of green hills as landscapes. In a pine forest, on the sand, in the city, in the mountains, several types of land are available to you and you will be spoiled for choice!

Golf is a sport that has been practiced in the Basque Country since 1888, it is the Biarritz lighthouse golf course that was the first to make the locals and the already numerous tourists to the region work the swing. This is the 2nd golf in continental Europe, but the first is not very far, since it is located in Pau, in the same department! It was the British, stationed in Pau, who languish play and decided to create 1 golf course in the country. Golf is the time unisex and 1 golf Basque Country has 18 holes for men and a 9-hole for the ladies!

It is therefore quite natural that in the 1930s, the Basque Country had many great golfing talents among its population and the French who played there were part of the upper middle class. It was at the end of the 80s that golf became popular with all classes and new courses opened, the icing on the cake (Basque…) for the Basque Country which then became a real Mecca for golfers from around the world. whole !


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Choose your golf course in the Basque Country

Golf enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice, if the French Basque Country is not very large, it is one of the places in the world with the highest density of golf courses ...

Golf Epherra is located in Souraïde , it is a bucolic 18-hole course, in the nature which offers beautiful curves. Open to all levels (great beginners will however be tested by slopes), it is rustic, technical and hilly. The view of the Pyrenees will seduce you and the golf restaurant serves delicious local, gourmet and all homemade dishes. The golf cart is included in the Green Fee.


The Nivelle Golf Course Ciboure, it dates from the early 20th century and is located at a crossroads between the sea and the mountains. The course is varied, it will make you travel between the views of the mountains, the beach, the port. It is typically British and will offer steep and sometimes really steep slopes for players looking for a challenge. The extensive course, wrapped around the hill, offers blind holes, to encourage golfers to control their effects.


The Golf de Chantaco , in Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a luxury golf course, created in the 1920s, which enjoys significant notoriety. It is a renowned course, appreciated by golfers from all over the world and which has helped to promote golf in the Basque Country. The course which is located at the foot of the Basque mountains is demanding, it will require a certain physical condition to be carried out on foot. Sumptuous trees line this charming 18-hole course, which offers attractive prices despite its great reputation!


Chantaco Golf
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The Golf d'Arcangues dates from the 90s , it was built on the grounds of the castle of Arcangues. It is a modern establishment, built on a 15th century farmhouse, it is all the charm of the old with the panache of youth! In this beautiful setting between the mountains and the sea, the Arcangues golf course also offers a delicious restaurant, with very good value for money. The 18-hole course does not hide its curves, you will appreciate the golf cart if you are tired of not having flat feet!


Arcangue Golf

The Golf du Lighthouse is the golf course of the city of Biarritz , it is the very first golf course in the Basque Country! Although flat, it is nevertheless technical and requires precise play. It will sharpen the senses of golfers who love a challenge, many bunkers dot it. The green is always well manicured and offers beautiful views of the lighthouse (hence its name). It is easily achievable on foot because it is short.


Golf du Phare de Biarritz

The Golf de Chiberta is in Anglet. It offers a 9-hole course for beginners and an 18-hole course for experienced players. At the foot of the ocean, this course also evolves in a pine forest, its layout is harmonious and pleasant. The 18-hole course is aimed at fast games because the 4-person flyers follow one another. You will enjoy playing on this magnificent course all year round thanks to its impeccable maintenance.


The Makila Golf Club dates from the 90s , it is in Bassussarry, it is an 18-hole course located 10 minutes from Biarritz. It is a well maintained golf course with wide fairways, but which requires energy to be covered on foot! There is a quality driving range and a modern clubhouse.


Makila Golf Club

The Golf d'Ilbarritz is a training center attached to the Golf du Phare de Biarritz. It offers workshops to train, individual lessons, internships, initiations. Come learn golf or improve your technique on this 9-hole course. Opened in 1988, 100 years after the Golf de Biarritz, it is a unique place!


Ilbarritz Golf

The practice of the corniche in Urrugne will allow you to take a moment with a golf instructor, to improve yourself or develop your technique. In this magnificent panoramic environment, you enjoy the view while gaining in technicality! Indoor and outdoor rugs and play areas are available for playing and the prices are attractive.



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Have you found golf courses that catch your eye? Do not hesitate to consult our accommodation sections , to find the perfect holiday resort for your golfing stay in the Basque Country.

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