The reputation of Le Touquet Golf Resort’s La Mer Course, already critically-acclaimed as France’s No.1 links layout*, continues to build apace after being recognised as one of Europe’s finest golf experiences.
In the newly-published ‘Top 100 Golf Courses of Continental Europe 2019’ ranking, compiled by Golf World Magazine, La Mer rose 11 places from its #31 position two years ago, to enter the Top 20 for the first time.
Acknowledging the ongoing and successful transformation, experts at Golf World Magazine referenced the ‘new’ design of La Mer as ‘the best of the best’, sanctioning how well architects Patrice Boissonnas and Frank Pont have blended holes into the existing terrain to create an authentic challenge.
This new rise substantiates the comments La Mer received in the prior Golf World listing, which recognised that the thoughtful restoration work was still ongoing and predicted that it would be worthy of “[becoming] a Top 20 course” once complete.
Laurent Boissonnas, Chief Executive Officer at Le Touquet Golf Resort, commented: “La Mer’s strong reputation continues to build, as does the visitor proposition across the wider resort, and as a positive consequence we are welcoming an ever-increasing number of golf travellers to this beautiful region of northern France.
“This Winter we will continue our important investment programme, taking the opportunity to undertake further enhancements to La Mer Course that will see the last few greens replaced with world-class USGA standard putting surfaces, and the continuation of detailed restoration to the 17th hole.”
In addition, Le Touquet Golf Resort’s nine-hole course, Le Manoir, receives a Top 10 placement by Fairways Magazine, one of France’s leading golf magazines, in its latest ranking of the country’s best nine-hole layouts.
These latest accolades add to a long list of important industry awards, including being named ‘Redevelopment of the Year 2018’ by Golf Inc. in the USA and Le Manoir Hôtel receiving ‘France’s Best Golf Hotel’ accolade from reader votes collated by the UK’s biggest-selling golf magazine, Today’s Golfer.
Le Touquet Golf Resort provides 45 holes of outstanding golf surrounded by a natural landscape of sand dunes, pine forests and big skies. An Open Golf Club managed venue, it is within an hour’s drive south of the Eurotunnel Terminus in Calais, on the Côte d’Opale. With access to the A16 autoroute, it is easy for golfers to drive direct from the UK, Belgium and The Netherlands, as well as the rest of France.
Le Touquet Golf Resort www.letouquetgolfresort.com
pictured top: Le Touquet Golf Resort’s La Mer (hole 16), ranked 35th in Top100GolfCourses.com’s 2018-2019 Top 100 Continental European Courses ranking
*Golf World Magazine (UK)