AQUITAINE/BORDEAUX

AQUITAINE/BORDEAUX

BIRDIES, BEACHES & BORDEAUX!

Lying in the Southwestern corner of France, Aquitaine is a region famed for its world class wines, brilliant beaches and its mesmerising countryside. Covering an area of 16,000 square miles, with a savagely beautiful coastline that stretches for over 170 miles, its southern limits are the Pyrenees Mountain range and the Spanish border, whilst the Gironde River and Dorgogne form its northern boundary.

Ruled by English Kings for over 300 years, Aquitaine’s regional capital is the wine city of Bordeaux, the world’s major wine centre with a wine economy of 15 billion Euros each year. Home to world renowned appellations, Sauternes, Graves, St. Emillion and Medoc and with 280,000 acres of vineyards to explore, you may wonder how you are going to squeeze in the odd round of golf! One of France’s most exciting, vibrant and dynamic cities, it is, after Paris, the city that can boast the highest number of preserved, historical buildings in the country. Pedestrianised  boulevards lined with restored neoclassical architecture, teeming with gourmet restaurants and yes…you’ve guessed it…wine bars!

Biarritz is Aquitaine’s premier coastal city, a favourite haunt of European nobility, the rich and famous in the mid 19th century, including Queen Victoria and Edward the 7th. Although, now considered the surf capital of France, it still retains its sophisticated, elegant, Belle Epoque charm.

Gastronomic gourmets may be enticed inland into the Dorgogne, which is undoubtedly Aquitaine’s capital of cuisine. The terrain is dominated by hills, topped by ubiquitous castles, chateaux or sleepy, quaint villages where the pace of life slows from being pedestrian to quite frankly…almost stationary! 

It was in Aquitaine that mainland Europe’s first golf course was built, in 1856, in Pau in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains, followed some 30 years later by the continents second course in 1888, the Golf du Phare in Biarritz. Today, there are over 50 courses to keep golfers content. The courses are of the highest echelon designed by such luminaries as Harry Colt, Robert Trent Jones Snr, Robert von Hagge and Ronald Fream. Golf de Moliets, Golf du Medoc and Golf de Seignosse are rated in the top 50 courses in Europe whilst Seignosse is one of the top 100 in the world!

The colour palette of Aquitaine is rich with vineyard greens, the golden sands of the Atlantic beaches and the sapphire blue of the rivers Gironde and Dorgogne, the perfect canvas for an exceptional golfing holiday. Whether you are seeking golfing galore, a wine connoisseur’s  crusade, a gastronomic gourmets paradise or all, Aquitaine will offer….

BIRDIES, BEACHES & BORDEAUX!