Many of our party arrived early in this unique town from Gatwick and although flying before 7am does have it’s challenges, it does mean you have a full day to explore. The rest of the party duly arrived and we had a super dinner organised by the hotel to set us up for our game the next day at Makila.
For a golf course under ten years old it was very mature and it was in a lovely rural setting. Some great tree lined holes and undulating greens were the feature here. We went for a team competition today and the scoring was very good for an opening day. Helen, Catherine, Paul and Simon rattled up 95 points which is an eye watering 23 under par. In normal circumstances this would romp away with any competition, however Sue, Jennie, Patrick and John unbelievably had the same score. On countback they pipped the other team by one point on the back nine, so took the honours for the day.
Day two found us at the oldest club in the region, The Biarritz Golf Club now known as Le Phare. Established in 1888 it is a charming compact course, with the best fairways I have seen this year. We had teams of three today and the scoring was very sporty with four teams between 43 and 45 points. Today we had comfortable winners with Arnie, Tom and Neil amassing 51 points. Some highlights were Neil’s back to back 3s on holes 7 and 8 yielding 4 points each and with Arnie birdying the 6th also for four points and Tom chipping in with some 3 pointers their 28 point front nine set the scene for a great score. Lots of highlights today and none more so than Vanessa’s putting masterclass yielding her 10 points in the first 3 holes. Our meal this evening was at the highly rated Humade, with some excellent food and wine which helped proceedings along very well.
We went to the Robert Trent Jones designed Moliets for Tuesday’s golf and were most impressed with the complex. It is an interesting course that starts through the trees and then has some breathtaking holes alongside the ocean. Again blessed with superb weather it made the days golf even more enjoyable. I thought we would go for a men v ladies competition today as we had equal numbers and the format was better ball pairs. It was a close run thing, but the gentlemen ran out winners with best pairings being Arnie and John on 44 points and Catherine and Helen on 41 points for the ladies.
The day off was well spent around Biarritz where great shopping and food opportunities abound. Everyone was well rested for the final two days golf.
On Thursday we travelled to Golf de Seignosse which was celebrating its 30th anniversary. Clearly the trees that line each hole were older than 30 years and I must say the architects have done an amazing job carving out such a beautiful course through the forest. We had a mix of teams today and had a tie on 82 points each with the quartets of Liz, Catherine, Wanda and Sue and Rosemary, Tricia, Helen and Jennie. I decided not to have a count back as a draw seemed equitable. A terrific day out and certainly favoured the straigher hitter.
Our final day was at Golf D’Argangues, quite a recent development but superbly appointed. A nice sweeping feel to the course and terrific mountain views to add to the ambience. The greens as they had been all week, were in excellent condition and there was some good putting all round by the group. Four teams scoring in the 80s was a testament to the quality of the scoring and in pole position were Neil, John, Catherine and Jane with 87 points. We signed off our week with some tapas in the hotel and a few aperitifs from the brilliant team there. Then back to Humade to finish our week in style.
A splendid week’s golf in without doubt one of my favourite sea side towns anywhere. Those that had not been before became converts and hopefully a return in the not too distant future will be on the cards.
The Lopesan Links Open Championships Mar 2020
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