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Olympics 2024 soon…Discover France and golf courses !

The departments of Loiret (45) and Loir-et-Cher (41) in France offer a journey rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. This region is an ideal destination for golfers seeking authentic experiences and memorable discoveries. From majestic castles to picturesque vineyards, charming villages, and golf courses, here is an overview of the treasures you can explore during your visit to discover 4 favorite golf courses in Loiret and Loir-et-Cher.

Nature, Outdoor Activities, and Golf, Loiret and Loir-et-Cher

For nature lovers, these two departments less than 2 hours southwest of Paris offer numerous opportunities for outdoor exploration. The banks of the Loire are ideal for cycling, the Sologne is a paradise for hunting and fishing enthusiasts. The region is also dotted with natural parks, forests, and rivers suitable for hiking and wildlife observation. And golf! 8 golf courses in Loiret (9 or 18 holes and more combined) and 4 for Loir-et-Cher, sometimes prestigious, are located in these departments.

We have selected 4 favorite golf courses that are worth a visit and absolutely must be played for their available services and amenities. If you have the chance, the extraordinary and incomparable 5-star Golf International des Bordes will require you to find a member to invite you to tee 1, or even the untouchable but privatizable Chateau de Coudreceau (unranked):

Les Bordes Golf Estate***** was created in 1987 in Saint-Laurent-Nouan, 160 kilometers from Paris (41 – Loir-et-Cher), near Chateau de Chambord, by Robert Von Hagge on the 560-hectare hunting estate of Baron Marcel Bich (deceased in 1994) and Monsieur Sakurai. Currently owned by RoundShield Partners, a private equity firm, and external associates. An exceptional golf course strictly reserved for its Members and their guests since 2018.

Open since 1995 in Augerville-la-Rivière (45-Loiret), designed by architect Olivier Dongradi, Château d’Augerville Golf and Spa Resort 5* is a varied and hilly course, incorporating water features, narrow fairways, elevated tees, and demanding greens. Experienced players and beginners alike will enjoy playing and replaying the subtle challenges of this course.

Le Chateau d’Augerville****

Chateau du Coudreceau is an internationally renowned private castle-hotel. Its 14-hole golf course (played as an 18-hole composite) was designed with advice from Hawtree Design, Arnold Palmer Design, and Paul McGinley Design. With water in play on 9 holes, the course is a rewarding challenge. Exclusive, impossible to play without privatizing all facilities. €25,000 per night including all-inclusive amenities (7 prestige suites, gourmet dining, pool, fitness, caddy-master, etc.).

Golf du Château de Cheverny***, dear to Tintin, offers an 18-hole Par 71 course measuring 5946 meters. Located 15 minutes from Blois in the heart of the Loire Valley castles region on 142 hectares of woods, plains, and ponds. Designed by Olivier Van Der Vynckt, around the Rousselière pond, the course blends perfectly into the historic grounds of Château de Cheverny in the heart of the Sologne. Former hunting territory, deer and does, from sunrise to sunset, no longer fear the hunter, but rather the curiosity of the golfer.

Le Club-House de Cheverny

But also, during your golf getaways, breathe in everything green, historical, and cultural…

Majestic Castles

The region is often called « The Garden of France » because of its lush landscapes and impressive castles. Among the most famous castles are Château de Chambord, an architectural marvel of the French Renaissance. Visitors can stroll through its vast gardens and admire its elegant towers. Château de Chenonceau, nicknamed the « Ladies’ Castle, » is built on the waters of the Cher River and is a striking example of Renaissance architecture. Château de Blois is a masterpiece of French history and was the residence of several kings. These castles offer a fascinating glimpse into France’s royal history.

History and Culture

The region is also rich in history and culture. Orléans, the prefecture of Loiret, is famous for its Sainte-Croix Cathedral and its close connection to Joan of Arc. You can visit the Jeanne d’Arc Center to learn more about this national heroine. The region is also home to numerous museums, festivals, and cultural events that showcase its artistic and historical heritage.

Gastronomy and Wines

The regional cuisine is a delight for the taste buds. You can taste traditional dishes such as potato pie, crottin de Chavignol (local goat cheese), and of course, renowned wines, including Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. The Loire is also famous for its freshwater fish, such as pike-perch and perch, which are found in many local dishes.

Festivals and Events

The region is lively throughout the year with numerous festivals and events. The Festival de Loire in Orléans, held every two years, is the largest gathering of traditional boats on the Loire, offering a unique experience. Classical music enthusiasts can enjoy the Sully-sur-Loire Music Festival, which showcases talented artists in a historic setting.

This region has everything to seduce you. So, pack your golf bags and suitcases and set off to discover these green pearls in the heart of France.

Photo Stéphane COUDOUX

Stéphane COUDOUX

After 35 years in the golf medias, I founded GolfStars, a Search Engine that classifies all the Services and Equipment of golf courses, similar to hotels. No first, no last! Independent, objective, honest, and without financial ties to golf courses, GolfStars provides unparalleled assistance in choosing your next destination. European and international development in progress to assist both incoming and outgoing golf ers and travelers.