Located near Biarritz in the south west of France, Hossegor GC is a wonderful members course that has long been rated as one of the top ten courses in France.
Although it is sited near the sea, Golf d'Hossegor is essentially a heathland course with a sandy base, heather and gorse skirting the playing surfaces which are framed by dense tracts of pine forest.
The course was originally designed by John Morrison in 1930. Morrison was an Englishman who came to fame partnering Charles Allison and Harry Colt. Morrison was responsible for some pretty decent courses in continental Europe in his own right including Biella and Torino in Italy.
Since the turn of the century the course has been updated/ remodelled on a continuing basis by Cabell B. Robinson
A par 71, Hossegor is tight off the tee, but offers decent variation in lengths off different teeing grounds- thus catering for all
The course will suit the player who is reasonably straight, but not necessarily long
The bunkering is attractive and strategic, and the more difficult rated holes require good control of line and flight to avoid hitting the sand on both tee shot and approach...
With large mature trees overhanging both sides of the fairway on all holes, the course is both protected, and a bit of a golfing sanctuary. It really is a lovely golfing experience and a really wonderful members course...
Favourite holes include the lovely uphill par 3 14th in its own little valley, the downhill turning par 5 15th, the classic par 3 second hole, and a number of dogleg par 4 holes that required an accurate tee shot to give a clear shot at the classically styled greens.
The look and feel is very much London Heathland, and while I would not classify Hossegor as a championship course I cannot think of many courses that would be more enjoyable to play on a regular basis
My only criticisms are minor- that a lot of the par 4's were right to left dog legs requiring a mid iron second shot- I constantly hit 6 iron approaches...
Other courses in the area: Golf de Chiberta, Seignosse
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