The South of France has longed been associated with the sport of golf, with a number of excellent golf clubs situated along the Cote d’Azur and close to our St Tropez House villas.
Golf was first introduced to the French Riviera by Grand-Duc Michael, the disgraced brother of Russian Tsar Alexander III who was banished to France in the 18th century. Before he left his beloved Russia he had become a passionate golfer, a hobby he was able to continue in France after commissioning the creation of its first golf club, the Cannes-Mandelieu Golf Club.
The prestigious golf club was opened in 1891 between the Mediterranean Sea and the River Siagne, in Mandelieu. The 18-hole course, which lies approximately 10 minutes from the coast and an hour’s drive from our St Tropez House villas, is still one of the premier clubs in the country.
But since the days of Grand-Duc Michel, a number of other excellent courses have sprung up in the region.
Other greens situated much closer to our portfolio of villas in St Tropez near golf courses are:
- Gassin Golf Country Club: Even if you are not a golfing fan, a trip to this magnificent country club is definitely recommended. Golfing legends Gary Player and Gery Watine designed the 18-hole course which boasts dramatic views of Grimaud, Gassin, Ramatuelle and Saint-Tropez.
- Golf de Saint-Maxime: This is a first-class club renowned for its views as much for its 18-hole course. Designed by English architect Don Harradine, the golf club offers some of the best vistas over the Golfe de St Tropez. The 18-hole course covers an area of 150 acres of rolling hills, heather and forest above the town.
- Golf Club de Beauvallon: the Golf Club of Beauvallon is the Var’s oldest club which was founded in 1923. The course covers almost 100 acres of terrain and enjoys some stunning views of the Mediterranean. It is possible for guests of our villas near golf courses to play at the club as long as they have a handicap, and book in advance.