Bordeaux is the most famous wine region in the world- there are apparently over a hundred thousand hectares of vineyards in the area...
Any visitor to France should aspire to visit the region and its Grand Cru Class wineries.
Fortunately for golfers Golf du Medoc is a quality 36 hole golf resort located in the Bordeaux area, thus enabling savvy golfers to get the best of both worlds.
Coore & Crenshaw are now regarded as one of the premier golf architecture firms around, but the Chatueax course at Golf du Medoc was built by Bill Coore in 1989 and was very early in his design career. He did a good job! The course is regarded as one of the best courses in France and recently hosted the French Open.
The Chateaux course is sited in sandy soil surrounded by forest- however it is virtually flat terrain which can make it more of a challenge to retain the interest as top courses do.
There are advantages however with a flat site- it is easy to walk!
And it has a good variety of holes and very well thought out strategies on every hole, starting with hole 1 with it's split fairway
Coore has incorporated large raised greens, with some steep fronts, particularly the long par 4 ninth ( Dauzac) and 18 ( Leoville Poyferre) to give definition to the holes
Water holes provide some variation in look and feel as well
The par 3 5th and 8th have lake carries, and lateral water, and are postcard holes
My favourite holes include the par 4 eleventh hole( Lascombes) with a burn running across the fairway on an angle at driving length and then down the left side of the fairway- and the split fairway first hole ( Lagrange)
Unusually for a well known golf resort, there are no conveniences on course, nor access to water, and no distance markers other than markers in the shape of large Bordeaux bottles of red wine at 135 metres to the front of green. Appropriately the holes at the Chateaux course are all named after Grand Cru Class wines.
Paths from green to tees were pretty rough during our stay, and not pleasant to walk or cart on.- one can only assume they would not normally be like that
The resort accommodation and restaurant are modern and comfortable, but service was slow
Nevertheless Golf du Medoc is a very good 36 hole resort and a perfect base from which to explore the famous Bordeaux wineries.
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