Review of Golf de Seignosse
Seignosse golf club in South-West France, is without doubt one of the most challenging courses France has to offer. This brutal layout is routed through a serene pine forest with numerous water hazards and is just a few kilometres away from the golden beaches of the Atlantic.
Designed by the American Robert Von Hagge whose résumé also includes courses like Les Bordes and the ‘Albatros’ course at Golf National, this was always going to be a striking layout.
Meandering through a dense pine and cork tree forest, this is the perfect environment in which to create a demanding and penalising golf course. With narrow fairways, numerous dog-legs and frequent elevation changes, this is not for the faint-hearted. Although stray shots may be found, getting back onto the fairway is another challenge in itself.
Water is another feature you will encounter, and although not all over the course, when it does come into play it is dramatic; a green surrounded by water on 3 sides is the 2nd hole, teeing off over a lake on the 3rd, a tricky approach shot over water on the 17th and there are more.
One of the stand-out holes is the 11th, a Par 5 with an elevated tee shot down to a narrow fairway, with water coming into play further down the hole and a narrow green to take aim at. But the real beauty here is that there are a whole host of holes which could be considered stand-out.
The clubhouse was renovated in 2011 and is now home to a large well-appointed restaurant and pro-shop. Indeed the whole infrastructure here is fabulous and this is a course you have to play if visiting this stretch of coastline in France. The course is challenging and definitely recommended to more accomplished players, but with a decent 3 star hotel onsite, you’ll find all levels of player here.
- Designer: Robert Von Hagge
- 18 holes
- Par 72
- Length: 6,129 metres (6,703 yards)
- Slope 144
- Golf club website: https://www.seignosse-golf.com/en/
- Phone number: 05 58 41 68 30
- Address: Avenue de Belvédère, 40510 Seignosse