In the ‘roaring’ 1920s and ‘30s, Le Touquet was Europe’s most fashionable coastal resort and a playground for Hollywood film stars and British aristocrats.
Nearly a century on, Le Touquet Golf Resort, home of France’s No.1 links course, is ushering in a new golden age for European golf travel with the opening of a remarkable new clubhouse, designed to blend into the linksland environment while offering guests contemporary comforts and hospitality.
The unveiling comes at a time when golf in France is in the spotlight, with the Ryder Cup – the world’s third largest sports event – heading to Paris in late September next year.
Inspired by the vast beaches and mountainous dunescape that characterises this stretch of France’s north east coast, the new clubhouse nestles at the heart of the resort’s three golf courses, La Mer, La Forêt and Le Manoir.
Its striking design features seven pyramidal peaks, a roofline reminiscent of the coastline, but also echoing the tented villages that accompany the world’s professional golf tours. While instantly delivering a contemporary look, the clubhouse remains fully connected to its dune and pine forest environment thanks to the wood that clads the exterior, including the roof.
The classic La Mer course, France’s No.1 links, has already undergone a major restoration project, including the discovery and restoration of four holes lost from Harry Colt’s original 1931 design.
Le Touquet Golf Resort, part of the Open Golf Club group, is less than an hour’s drive south of the Eurotunnel.