Golf Courses

Golf in Poitou-Charentes, south-west France

Golf and golf courses in Poitou-Charentes

Golf is growing in popularity in France, and Poitou-Charentes is no exception to this.

There are currently 21 golf courses in Poitou-Charentes, spread through the four départements of  the Vienne, Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres, though not all of them are full length. This means there are plenty of courses to choose from if you fancy playing a round of golf while on your summer holiday. Moreover, with so many airports now scattered around the region, the Poitou-Charentes has also become a good destination for golfing short breaks and golf holidays.

The Poitou-Charentes golf clubs are known for the welcome they give to visiting players and holidaymakers and are generally sited in stunning locations throughout the varied landscape of this beautiful region. They also place a great deal of emphasis on the ’19th hole’ and there is usually a good restaurant or bar at each golf course.
Remember that in French ‘un golf’ means ‘a golf course’!

Golf courses in Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes
There are nine golf courses in the Charente-Maritime, the most popular département for golf in the Poitou-Charentes. They have 18 holes unless otherwise stated. These are:
Golf de Trousse Chemise at Les Portes en Ré on the Île de Ré (9 holes): tel 05 46 29 69 37;
ASPF La Jarne at La Jarne (9 holes): tel 05 46 56 61 04
Golf de la Prée La Rochelle at Marsilly: tel 05 46 01 24 42;
Golf d’Oléron at Saint-Pierre on the Île d’Oléron (9 holes): tel 05 46 47 11 59;
Golf de Royan at Saint Palais-sur-Mer: tel 05 46 23 16 24;
Golf de Saintonge at Fontcouverte, Saintes: tel 05 46 74 27 61
AS Golfeurs Pays Rochefortais at Saint Laurent de la Prée (9 holes): tel 05 46 84 56 36
AS Golf du Château de la Vallade at St Porchaire, near Saintes (9 holes): 05 46 94 23 54; tel
Golf Club de Montendre at Montendre (9 holes): tel 05 46 94 23 54;

Golf courses in the Charente, Poitou-Charentes
There are currently four golf courses in the Charente, though there has been talk of constructing a fifth. These are: Angoulême Golf Club de l’Hirondelle at Angoulême: tel 05 45 61 16 94;
Golf du Cognac at Saint-Brice, near Cognac: tel 05 45 32 18 17;
Golf International de la Prèze at Ecuras: tel 05 45 23 24 74;
Golf d’Aubeterre at Pillac (9 holes): tel 05 45 98 55 13;

Golf coursess in the Vienne, Poitou-Charentes
There are five golf courses in the Vienne department. These are:
Golf Club de Poitiers at Mignaloux-Beauvoir, near Poitiers: tel 05 49 55 10 50
Golf des Chalons at Poitiers (9 holes): tel 05 49 56 13 38
Golf du Haut-Poitou at Saint-Cyr (27 holes): tel 05 49 62 53 62;
Golf du Connétable at La Roche Posay: tel 05 49 86 25 10;
Golf de Loudun at Roiffe: tel 05 49 98 40 00;

Golf courses in the Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes
There are three golf clubs in the Deux-Sèvres. These are:
Golf Club Château des Forges at Les Forges (27 holes): tel 05 49 69 91 77;
Golf du Petit Chêne at Mazières en Gatine: tel 05 49 63 20 95;
Golf Club Niortais, near Niort: tel 05 49 09 01 41;

Golfing vocabulary…

Golfer: le joueur/la joueuse de golf, le golfeur/la golfeuse; golf course: un golf/ terrain / parcours de golf; greens fee: le droit de jeu; driving range: le terrain d’exercice; fairway: l’allée grass; bunker: la fosse d’herbe; sand trap: la fosse de sable; waste bunker: la fosse naturelle; water hazard: l’obstacle d’eau; green: le vert; hole: le trou; golf bag: le sac de golf; caddie: le cadet/ a cadette; cart: le chariot/la voiturette de golf; golf ball: la balle de golf; iron: le fer ; putter: le fer droit; tee: le té; handicap: le handicap; golf stroke: le coup de golf; swing: l’élan; backswing: la montée; half swing: le demi-élan; chip: l’approche roulé; pitch: l’approche lobé; divot: le motte de gazon; par: le normale; birdie: l’oiselet; bogey: le boguey; double bogey: le boguey double; eagle: l’aigle; double eagle: l’albatros; hole in one: le trou d’un coup

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