North West France

We’ve grouped the regions of Normandy, Brittany, Centre and Pays de la Loire to create the North West area of France. There are many good golf courses to be found in the French North West but we’ve not yet completed our detailed review of the region.

In the north east of Normandy you’ll find a lovely, old-fashioned Willie Park Jr course at Dieppe-Pourville and further west at Le Havre there’s the Tom Simpson track at New Golf de Deauville that was extended to 27 holes by Henry Cotton. Further west in Brittany there’s the pretty coastal layout at Pléneuf Val André and to the south in the Loire you’ll find a lovely Henry Cotton designed parkland golf course at Golf de la Bretesche whose centrepiece is a delightful castle hotel that features in the Michelin Guide.

A few miles to the south west of Orléans in the Centre Region, you’ll find the jewel of the North West, which was the brainchild of Baron Marcel Bich (the man behind Bic pens). Texan, Robert von Hagge, designed Les Bordes on a day when he was at his most wickedly creative and it’s a must-play golf course that regularly vies with Morfontaine for the French No.1 spot.

Top 100 Golf Courses - North West France

La Bretesche

11th North West France - Best in Area

First opened for play in 1967, the course at Golf de la Bretesche is carved through woodland and its fairways are laid out around a 14th century castle, which sits on an island in a lake with its entrance protected by a drawbridge across the moat.


12th North West France - Best in Area

Set out beside the Atlantic Ocean, the sandy-soiled fairways at Golf de Saint-Jean-de-Monts weave their way through a maritime forest before emerging into the open for what Martin Hawtree had described as “a true links finish”.

Le Golf Parc Robert Hersant

13th North West France - Best in Area

Le Golf Parc Robert Hersant is named after the late media magnate who died two years before the course opened in 1998. With plenty of trees, water and sand in play, this is a tough track when tackled from the championship tees.

Saint-Laurent (Les Pins)

14th North West France - Best in Area

Situated close to the southern end of the Brittany coast, the Golf Blue Green Saint-Laurent’s championship 18-hole Les Pins course first appeared in 1976, with the 9-hole Menhirs layout added a short time after to fashion an engaging 27-hole facility.


15th North West France - Best in Area

Situated less than half an hour’s drive from Versailles, the course at Domaine de Feucherolles is an early 1990s design from Jean-Marie Poellot, with fairways laid out around five sparkling lakes on a rather hilly property.