Golf d'Hardelot 'Les Pins'

Golf d'Hardelot 'Les Pins', Hardelot, France, 62152

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26 reviews of Golf d'Hardelot 'Les Pins'

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Just returned from playing Les Pins. Over the past 2 years hey have made a big effort to upgrade the course and its stunning features by adding large bunkers and sand banks but in my opinion this has spoilt the simple beauty that this course held for the past 100 years. The greens were in poor condition on this trip, recovering from disease and were very slow to putt on. One can only hope they recover over the summer as this is a firm favourite for our group to pay every year on our way home so despite the current set back we shall no doubt be back next year.
The golf tour package companies should be more open with their clients when these courses are being booked as they must be aware of the conditions being offered.

Posted by Paul Williams on 12/04/2014
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Beautiful golf course : reminiscent of some of the Pershire classics. Is a "must" if you are in the area.

Posted by Ian Dallas on 12/03/2014
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A great course suffering from deliberate neglect and abuse of paying clients.

This is a course I have played every year for the last 10 years and it has a fantastic course layout.
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* the bunkers had not been raked in weeks and some had weeds growing in them
* most of the greens were diseased
* most of the tee boxes were not level
The remedy is easy - they just need to spend money on maintenance - but most courses in this area (except Belle Dune)deliberately do not.

Posted by Nigel Bankhead on 19/09/2011
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32 of us travel from Derby for at weekend of French golf and this was our first course and a very good course as well. Mostly you don't see anyone accept those infront as it is in a heavy wooded area. Each hole is differnt which adds to the course and the finishing hole is a corker, tee off high up to a tree lined fairway and a long second shot or third to a green infront of the club house. the only slight negetive on the course is the greens weren't fast. The club house hasd limited food and times when food was served.

Posted by Michael Holmes on 12/07/2011

I played Les Pins the first time in 2000 and yesterday I played it for the 7th time returning each year for the past 6. The course is always in excellent condition and is both very easy on the eye and a real test of golfing ability. Every hole has its merits from the shortest par 3 that demands pinpoint accuracy to the long par 5s that require the ability to be long and straight.
A top top golf course that in my opinion should be in the top 100 for europe I have played many highly rated courses that look shabby compared to this gem.

Posted by Rob Aston on 07/06/2010
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Breathtaking and Awesome!
What an experience! Its going to make all my local courses seem so dull in comparison.
From the 1st tee to the 18th Green, you could only marvel at the way this course is set out, the surroundings, the quality of the tees, fairway, greens and the amazing houses round it. Every hole is a joy to play and hey, if you play a bad shot who cares; you are as close to Golf Utopia as you can get. Greens ARE fast but they are FAIR too.
If you go to play Golf in this area of France, you MUST play this course, will come off thinking you have enjoyed every minute and it would have been worth every Euro!. Go play it. Play somewhere equivalent here and you will not get a penny change out of £100!

Posted by Darren Close on 04/05/2008
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Played this course in April '08. We played on a Saturday and all the tee times had been pre booked so considering the wear that this course must get it was in absolutely great condition. Not a mark on the greens and wonderful fairways. We couldn't fault it.
As others have said, positional play is imperative as is a course planner. I would love to play Les Pins again so that I can learn from my clubbing mistakes.
It is quite a difficult course where par is a bonus, even on the par 3s.
Clubhouse catering seems to be of the expensive dinner or nothing variety. No snacks or things like that.
Most of the other players were english societies and several players reported 5 hour rounds on the courses in this area due to societies making their numbers up with non players who not only hack their way round but who are also unfamiliar with the courtesies of the game. Fortunately both Hardelot courses seem to be well marshalled in an effort to keep everyone moving.

Posted by Brian G on 22/04/2008
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Played Les Pins in September 07, and what a course! Toss up between this and Belle Dune as which is the best course in the area, but I would narrowly vote for this. Carved out of a forest and with amazing twists and turns utilising the elevation of the land. The 18th with a sharp dog leg right down a steep incline to a green guarded by forest one side and a lake the other is a great example of a tough par 5 that asks questions of positional play rather than brute strength. This is an old fashioned course that requires intelligent course management rather than a 300 yard drive. Thoroughly enjoyable for all who appreciate quality course design, this is as good as Woburn and a lot cheaper. I wish this was my local course!

Posted by Richard Davies on 07/10/2007
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Great golf course and set up. Shame about the slow play due to large numbers of society members that come over from the UK. The greens and fairways were in good condition. I've played both Les Dunes and Les Pins, and the latter is easier on the legs. I preferred Les Pins, but would recommend both. If your looking for a cheaper round, you should head down towards Belle Dune.

Posted by Daniel Pippard on 12/10/2006
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This was superb course.
A very different round to Les Dunes (easier on the legs!!)I played both courses on the same day and found each a pleasure to play. A great layout with the holes giving different challenges each time. Some of the par 4 were quite short but this made positioning your drive all important.
Overall i would rate this course as better that Les Dunes but wouldnt hesitate to play both again.

Posted by Anthony Dean on 23/06/2006
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I've played Les Pins twice now and on both occasions have found it to be a highly impressive course.
Apart, from a couple of relatively open holes on the back hole the fairways are completely tree-lined (as the name would suggest!), not too tight but still challenging. The course has elevations but probably not as many as Les Dunes, however, the overall layout is extremely well designed. Condition is excellent throughout.
There aren't any particular 'signature' holes but what you get are a series of interesting and demanding challenges. In my opinion Les Pins is definitely superior to Les Dunes and second only to Belle Dune in the area. Highly recommended.

Posted by Richard Freeman on 27/05/2006
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After having played Les Dunes earlier this year, we couldn't wait to try Les Pines. It was worth the wait!
It was really enjoyable.
The overall package (including Eurotunnel for 4 of us in one car) worked out as a bargain - less than you could pay in green fees alone at an equivalent standard of course in the SE of England.

Posted by Alan Cooke on 01/09/2005
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Played here last week. High quality course in excellent condition , well worth the green fee. Greens are really smooth and always give you a chance. Clubhouse was nice and golf reception very friendly. Could do with a few more bells on the blind holes to help speed up play bit otherwise 9.5/10 for value and enjoyment.

Posted by Geoff Mantle on 13/09/2004
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Excellent course - was both beautiful and challenging. The number of blind drives that you have over the markers really test your mettle. Really popular with the British as judged by the number of societies when we visited 26 July 2004 and is a must for most tours in the Pas de Calais region. Look forward to returning soon.

Posted by Alan Gordon on 28/06/2004
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The was the first time I've played in France, and what a fantastic impression it's left.
The course is made up of one stunning hole after another. By no means the easiest in places, with a collection of blind shots, but the marker posts do a great job of giving you the right clues. Tight, tree lined areas reward accuracy, but don't prove ridiculously penal to the slightly wayward. There's also a good number of opportunities to have a good go with the driver, so all types of player should be happy!
Fairways and, particularly, greens were in immaculate condition - possibly the best greens I've played on. A good number of distance guides on fairway sprinkler heads means that you don't have to be guessing about yardages - just remember to convert from metres!
A fantastic day out from the south-east of England - easy to get to from the Tunnel, provided you don't follow the instructions of our navigator!!! Sorry Bob :)

Posted by John on 18/06/2004
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Played this course last April and it was in magnificent condition. An absolute joy.

Posted by Neil Farrington on 05/05/2004
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I am one of two guys that has been arrangeing a golf trip to France each year for the last seven years for up to 36 players, and we have played Les Pins on several occasions and can't agree more with the majority of the people that rate this place. We have played every course in this area and have agreed this year that the final of our 'Golf France Championship' will be at Les Pins.
We know for a fact the new visitors with us this year will not be dissappointed. I just hope after the first two rounds at Dunkirque and Belle Dunne i'm in contention for the trophy. A more fitting track to win it on can't be found locally!
Score for this course out of 10 would be 9.
.........we will be back.

Posted by Alan Molloy on 10/02/2003
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Without a doubt this is the best golf course I have ever played on. It took my Dad and I just 3.5 hours to negotiate this very tight, long course. We were on the 16th hole before we saw another sole. The entire course played beautifully despite it being mid November. The fairways were full of life and the greens extraordinarily true. We played Belle Dunne the following day which in terms of quality is a long way behind this course.

Posted by Laurence Willicombe on 19/11/2002
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Played this course with a group of friends towards the end of July and without a shadow of a doubt would put this in my top 3 of courses played anywhere!
The fairways and greens were immaculate, the whole layout is exceptional, the par 3's are a joy!!
We played this course on the Tuesday afternoon and were so impressed we brought our following days tee time at Le Touquet forward to 9am just so that we could come back here the following afternoon and play it again!! (and I hate playing 36 holes nowadays!!).
If you are playing in the area and havent booked this, make sure you do!!

Posted by Robert Smith on 11/08/2002
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Easily the better of the two Hardelot courses - much more interesting, certainly very challenging and the fairways and greens were immaculate. On course etiquette far superior to the English yob infested 'Les Dunes'. Great driving challenges, fair punishment for wayward shots, and fast and true greens.

Posted by Craig Young on 23/07/2001
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Twenty of us went over and this was the highlight - probably of our entire golfing lives. The course is so interesting and I totally agree with the previous writer about signature holes. It didn't take long to realise this is one of the best designed courses any of us were ever likely to play. It could have been manicured a little better - but so what. Nothing could hide the quality of this course design. Go play it !

Posted by BobHardyUK@comuserve.com on 27/11/2000
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Fabulous! and breathtaking. Immaculate condition, even with the recent dressing of the greens, they were true and didn't spoil the experience. Played on a Saturday morning and the place was deserted. Only down side was the gobby british 4 ball behind us. No wonder the french hate us.
I'd go back tomorrow if I could. My childern loved the huge pine cones and my playing partners the houses set back in the trees. How the other live. All staff were very friendly without the snobbery you would expect form a similar course in the UK. Can't wait to play it again.

Posted by Neil Walker on 05/04/2000
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I would pay just to walk the course, its as good as that. Playing from the white tees makes a difference, particuarley the sixth, with a rather scary tee shot required. Nearly every hole would make a "signature" hole on other courses, I cant wait to play it again. The only minor gripe that we had was that we played it a few days after the greens had been dressed and hollow-tined for the coming season, so we didn't get a fair reflection of the surface. Other than that, excellent.

Posted on 28/03/2000
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both courses are superb,if i lived in kent i would become a member

Posted on 08/02/2000
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Disappointed!!! We had heard a lot about this course. We played it in late September 99. The greens were fine but the fairways can only be described as atrocious. For once I was hitting a few fairways only to be plagued by bare muddy lies. The fairways are infested with weeds and diseased and dead grass. If they can sort this out it would be a really great test of golf. But at the moment stick to the Dunes or St Omer.

Posted by Mark on 28/09/1999
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