Southwest France Golf Travel- Bordeaux

I feel at home traveling in Europe.  Every step you take, you wonder who had stepped in those footsteps centuries ago.  Europe is steeping with history and flavor.  This must be why my heart races with the simple thought of going on my annual ladies golf trips in Europe every year.  This year we started our golf trip in Bordeaux, France.

ImageA Chateau owned by Chanel?  Yes, please.  Harvesting season in Bordeaux?  Yes, please.  Food that keeps getting better with every restaurant?  Yes, please.  Golf that delights?  Yes, please.  You can find all of this in the Southwest of France.

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We were lucky enough to include some wineries in the Margaux region of Bordeaux.  The picture above shows how beautiful the wineries are behind the doors.  Did you know those beautiful barrels run $700 euro a barrel and they are only used once?  No wonder an average bottle of red wine runs around $100 euro.

ImageIf you haven’t been to Chateau Kirwan, it is a must stop on a trip to the region.  It is classified as one of 14 third growths in the historic Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.   Classification never changes in this area, so to be classified is a real privilege.  We were also privileged to have a wine dinner hosted by the owner herself, Sophie Schyler Thierry.  The dinner was one of our favorite activities on the itinerary.

ImageGolfing at Golf du Medoc includes wine bottles to indicate the 150 yard mark, or as everyone but an American would say, 135 meters.  Each hole was named after a local Chateau.  The design was welcoming for our first round of golf.   It was a good mix of difficult and very playable.  Most of all, I enjoyed that carts (buggies) were few and far between.

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Accommodations at Golf du Medoc were spectacular.  Upon first arrival to this hotel, you would assume, “Uh, oh, I should have stayed in Bordeaux.”  That is until you walk into the hotel.  The lobby is modern and large.  Someone from the front desk is read to assist with luggage and they speak English.  Each guest room is equipped with an extra large storage area for golf clubs and equipment.  The storage made the room very comfortable for our 4 nights.  Another pro for this hotel is the free wifi that can handle Skype calls back to the United States.  A large challenge for travelers overseas is figuring out how to call home during your trip.

ImageThe food at this hotel was outstanding.  Look at the presentation of their hamburger.   Hash browns for a bun, creative!  It looks so nice that I didn’t want to dig in. For a hotel that is far from any other hotels, our expectations were blown out of the water.  My group of women golfers were even able to organize a ‘Bachelorette Party’ for me in the restaurant one night for dinner.  They accommodate our every need.  There is also a nice gym and spa.

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ImageTypical Macaroon store in Bordeaux.

ImageMoliets Golf Course.  Any course that has characteristics of a links course tops my list of favorites.  The Robert Trent Jones golf course had elevated greens that challenged every golfer. I don’t know what I would have done without my Bushnell Slope Edition.  It was truly my saving grace.   The fairways were narrow.  The course tested a golfer’s ability to play good course management.  I love the topography changes that felt like you were in the woods, then to the beach, then into a residential neighborhood.  The scenery stayed picturesque.  Perhaps I am biased to this golf course, for it was the day I shot 71.

Stay tuned for PART 2- Biarritz and Northern Spain