Belle Dune Golf Course

Belle Dune Golf Course, Fort Mahon, France, 80120

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26 reviews of Belle Dune Golf Course

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Make no mistake - this is a delightful and testing course with lots of variety. As a layout and scenically it is up there with some of the best, and on the day I played with a UK club group, in a strong wind and soft underfoot, it was in very good condition, though playing long.

The Clubhouse is small, but comfortable, stylish and functional. On a fine day there is room to sit outside. The staff generally were pleasant and accommodating.

So what is not to like? The lack of any Course Marshal or control over who can play. Our four groups teed off immediately behind a largish group of Belgians, some of whom had little idea of how to move around a course with any sort of momentum. Several were obviously novices as well (or if they weren't they played like them) which on a course like Belle Dune in the wind meant serious delays. It took us three hours to play the first 9 holes, and around five and three-quarters to complete the round, by which time it had to be said that despite the quality of the place several of us had lost the will to live. At one point, our two leading three-balls combined to play a six-ball because of the pace ahead, and they were still held up!

It spoiled the day. In a recent interview, Jack Nicklaus commented on the decline in numbers playing golf by suggesting it was too expensive, too difficult and too slow. Belle Dune is certainly not too expensive in the scheme of things given its excellence. It is quite difficult, but there are plenty of players around with the skills to relish and get around it in reasonable time. It is not a course for beginners, so there should be some handicap control. It was mind-numbingly slow, but this too could be improved with diligent marshalling.

Do go there, but go on a quiet day or get the earliest times!

Posted by Chris Pett on 03/06/2016
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What a fantastic place - if it was in England it would be PACKED all the time! in France where people obviously have better things to do that whack a little ball about (though I cant think what could be better than that personally) the place was almost empty on a Sunday afternoon and the hotest day of the year so far ! 20 of us playing a Ryder Cup style event played 3 courses in France and this one was the best by far in my opinion. It had everything, and I mean everything a golfer wants to test him/her. Fantastic value for money at about £40 a round (would be £150 at least in England) . I have played Woburn and the West Course at Wentworth and a load in Spain and Portugal but I can honestly say I have never played a course with so much to it and with such different types of holes. I would play this course before any of the aforementioned, and i'll be back ASAP and so will my mates!

Posted by shaun rock on 28/05/2013
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This is quite simply a golf course made by God, with a little bit of help cutting the grass. Every hole seems to have a Wow factor and to provide a different challenge. This course makes you think about the shot, & belting the ball with the driver off the tee is not always the best option.
If you visit the Le Touquet area to play golf & miss this one off your itinary more fool you.
Having said all that I wish that the same could be said for the clubhouse, the day we visited they mangaged to run out of course planners, baguettes & lager (well they had the French perfumed variety)! Perhaps the number of people that were booked to play that day came as an unexpected surprise.

Posted by Gary Johnson on 16/06/2010
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Played 11th Feb 09 for the 2nd time. Course was in great condition for the time of year. Course management amust in my opinion.
Played 4 courses Le Touquet,Hardelot,St Omer.Belle Dune all great courses in their own right,but prefare Belle Dune.

Posted by Stan Patrick on 13/02/2009
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Wow!!! What a course
Definitely one of the best courses I have ever played and I have been fortunate to play some fantastic courses.
For 44 Euro's (if staying in the holiday village)this has to be one of the best value courses you will ever play.
Very like Woburn at the start with Pine Tree lined holes then opeing up a little when you get out into the dunes. Fairways are lush, Greens are huge, undulating and lightning quick and you need to have a 'chip and run' in your locker to score well.
Played it twice scoring 91 and 81 (when I a knew where I was going) and throughly enjoyed everything about the course.
Accuracy off the tee is a must and I only hit driver twice on this course.
If you are going to Le Touquet (not that I have ever been there) then a 30 minute drive to Belle Dune is a must!

Posted by Shaun Kirtley on 10/08/2008
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You get a bit of everything here; starts a bit like woburn with tight'ish but fair tee shots, then at the 8th you set out on a few holes by the dunes where the fairways widen to give some respite to those who feel hemmed in by not being able to slash it anywhere they like! Towards the conclusion of your round Belle Dune goes a tad parklandesque. The mix of holes is ideal as they provide a complete experience; lower handicappers should play from the back tees to get the most from their visit. Throughout the round you are required to think about your tee shots and approaches as the greens provide rewards and punishments in accordingingly. Its good to play somewhere where feel and strategy are valued above whacking it around like a goriila on steroids. the setting is wonderful; the staff are polite and helpful.
This is as good as golf gets by my reckoning! Steve Champion (H'cap 4)

Posted by Steve Champion on 30/04/2008
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Played as part of a mini tour in Sept 07. This is a wonderful golf course. Beautifully designed to be challenging, but not too long. It has links, forest and every kind of nuance you could wish for. Built by a nature reserve this course had it been in England would be charging 75 a round. I cannot wait to return as this is one of the best courses for both golf and environment I have ever encountered. Highly recommended. Just hope they dont weaken and start building holiday homes all round the course.

Posted by Richard Davies on 07/10/2007
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This is a wonderful course with challenging holes all the way. I've played there many times and never tire of it.
Even the 18th is a tight long par 4 with the lake on the right.
A must.

Posted by Jon Harding on 14/08/2007
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Simply Stunning! Before playing Belle Dune I never thought I would play anywhere to match the Old Course at Ballybunion but this comes very close. Why its not ranked as one of the worlds great courses I just don't know. It contains a mixture of wonderful holes weaving through a pine forest, majestic holes through the Dunes and then finishes off with some classic parkland. Its tight in places, in perfect condition and the greens are undualting. Each hole is isolated as the course covers enough acerage to build 4 courses in the UK. It is also very beautiful and a quite unique setting. I can't wait to return.

Posted by Bob Palmer on 22/06/2007
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One of the best courses i have ever played , so much so that i have put the details on here. First class condition all round with lush fairways and lightning quick greens. The par 3 3rd stands out due to the trees and aiming down to the green , just awesome. We are already planning to return in October for 2 rounds.
You can also hire a electric trolley for £10.

Posted by Mark Shubrook on 21/06/2007
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Tight drives, firm greens and stunning layout, are some of the reasons we have visited this course for a number of years on our annual trip to Le Touquet. Accuracy off the tee is more important than length and some amazing par three's where getting the right club can save a couple of shots a hole.
Worth visiting more than once as from some of the tees the greens are completely blind. Don't forget to buy a course guide first!

Posted by Scot Johnston on 29/05/2007
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Belle Dune is a monster of a course if this was laid out in Ireland instead of Pas de Calais it would surely be considered in the world top 100 courses.
The layout is wonderful making you feel that you are the only group on the course; Accuracy both off the tee but into the greens is essential. The greens undulate and are receptive but so fast, at times making you feel silly trying to complete simple putts. Go and try it.

Posted by Mark Roberts on 22/05/2007
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I'm not normally one to write reviews of golf courses, but having recently played Belle Dune as part of 20 touring players this course went to the top of not only mine but half a dozen others as the best course we have ever played. Each hole is unique in its own setting, apart from one hole, you never see another fairway. Not an easy course to play but accurate shots are rewarded. Even if you have not had a particularly good round you come away feeling that you been treated to something special. A must to play if you are in the area.

Posted by Frank Barretta on 15/05/2007
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This was one of three courses we played over a weekend in September 06. Fairways and greens were in great condition. It's a real test of golf and luckily the club house isn't too far away from the 18th hole.
It was nice to have a round where we weren't waiting on the tees due to slow play.
One of our favourites.

Posted by Daniel Pippard on 12/10/2006
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A group of 20 of us played the course on Friday 6/10/06. The weather was atrocious and spoiled what is a fantastic course. The real downside to this venue is the clubhouse which closed as we finished our round at 19.45 and left us soaking wet and without a beer or food and more importantly without prior notice.

Posted by Gerry Quinn on 09/10/2006
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Play this course & die (figuratively, of course)! Have played it three times & love it more each time.

Posted by Kevin Giblett on 07/08/2006
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Played Belle Dune with a group of 12. Fantastic weather helped to make a memorable day.
Variety of handicaps from 14 to 28, and the longer handicappers found it very tough - but still an enjoyable challenge.
Winning stableford score was 33 points.
Not a particularly helpful/welcome reception.
Feature of the course was that every hole is markedly different, and is individual - while playing any hole, hardly any sight of another hole is available - hence the long walks between some tees.
Make sure you ask where the first tee is before setting off - we didn't and took 10 mins. trying to find it!
Course in great condition. Greens quick and true.
The sort of course where you would do well to have a good first round as so many tee shots require 'course knowledge'.
Better than Hardelot 'Pins'? - I think so.
You have to play it!

Posted by Jeremy Norman on 01/08/2006
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This course was excellent!!
This was the first of four courses played and it was the highlight. This was a good test of golf and also your patience. The course was in immaculate condition with testing but enjoyable holes. The variation between the holes was great,and although there are some long walks between some of the tees it does not spoil the round as the scenery is stunning.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone visiting the area.

Posted by Anthony Dean on 23/06/2006
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Absolutely fantastic course.
I've played here twice now and cannot fault the course. Admittedly, it's tough. Very tough. But what a tremendous challenge. The greens are superb - fast and undulating, the fairways are in great condition and the holes themselves are generally very demanding.
The first four holes are tree-lined and a relatively relaxing start, however, by the 5th you start to encounter the dunes on the side of the fairway. The 8th sees you teeing off into the prevailing wind, second shot will be 200 yards plus to an elevated green. The 9th is a short par 4 but again into the wind requires a solid drive. And, so it continues until the 15th sees the start of a more parkland-style finish.
Possibly, the course can only be enjoyed by mid/low handicappers but I reckon in the UK you'd be looking at £100 per round to play course of similar quality.
Clubhouse is small but food is excellent.
I wish this was my home course.

Posted by Richard Freeman on 26/05/2006
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Have just returned from three days of torture at Belle Dune. They kindly allowed us to play from the white tees and the course was just too stiff a test, and in our group handicaps ranged from 3 to 12. Incredibly tight in places, almost to an extent where it became unfair. The greens were very fast and had serious undulations to boot. An unrelenting test of golf that never for one shot, or putt, lays off. La Mer at La Touquet was light relief after this monster.

Posted by Guy Garrard on 21/06/2005
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Played Belle Dune 3 times now and it just get better and better. My colleague and I take 34 other guys to France each year and have done for the last 9 years, but we always try to head back to Belle Dune. I agree with all the previus reviewer's. This place is 'heaven'.
We played this year (2004) in September and the greens were the best ever. 'quick' was not the word. One of the young assistant pro's got above the hole at number 6 and 'putted' of the green, he later told me it was one of the better putts he'd made all day. "Nuff said". Can't praise the place enough and already booking for 2005. Arras, Aa St Omer and of course ('heaven'), belle Dune.

Posted by Alan Molloy on 26/10/2004
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This is THE course in Northern France,totally totally fantastic,each hole is different and even if there was anyone else playing you would never see them.
One small downside is small clubhouse and even smaller changing rooms,also note the course is closed one day a week for nature conservation,which in France means shooting anything that moves...still go and play it

Posted by Paul Green on 18/10/2004
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Played the course on Monday (04/10) with a bunch of 10 others for the 2nd time this year. This has to be one of the most well designed, yet natural links courses in Europe. Each hole is a beaut and rarely do see another hole from any fairway! The par-4 5th is a cracker and yet it's the short par-4 12th that I think stands out. Take your drivers out with caution on some of these holes! Yet, with a true spread of handicaps, we all managed to play the course reasonably well and totally enjoyed our return. In those immortal words; 'we'll be back....'!!

Posted by Phil Hibberd on 10/10/2004
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Totally superb course,each hole is a delight,value for money and take note Britsih clubs friendly,play it and play it again

Posted by Paul Green on 18/01/2004
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Played Belle Dune on 25/10/03 and it was outstanding. A really interesting mix of holes through the forest area and out in the dunes, all with their own character. Greens were very slick, but also receptive to a well struck shot.
One of the best courses I've played, and very good value for money too.

Posted by Dominic Smith on 27/10/2003
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