Golf de Moliets
Golf de Moliets, Bayonne, France, 40660
3 reviews of Golf de Moliets
I first played Moliets back in 2001 on a weekend break, after a particularly wet period in France. Thankfully we got great weather, and the course then was not affected by the weather to my recall.
Going forward 10 years, it was always my ambition to play the course again, and, on turning 40, I organised a trip with friends to play this and Seignosse.
In the 10 years that have passed, my golf is definitely longer, if less straight, but I would not say I am neither terribly long, nor erratic. We played the course five times in the course of 5 days at the start of September 2011 during a period of glorious sunshine, and got used to it so here’s a synopsis.
Starting off with negatives, and there are only a few comments. I was surprised at how little run the course gave off the tees – the fairways, for the end of summer (has it been particularly wet?) were not soft, but neither firm. I don’t have a steep swing, but my friends (one of whom in particular does) took the largest divots ever seen – so I didn’t struggle with this, but they did and the course definitely is unforgiving both in terms of distance and where the ball is not struck cleanly.
Some hollow coring did appear to have been done, but this only seemed to affect the 18th green – I was warned prior to this that this might be the case, but found the other greens to be fast and true. Similar to the fairways, they were not particularly firm, but just right, so that balls hit cleanly could be placed on the pin without fear of going through the back – great!
The course has a lovely stretch (13-16) out by the sea where the wind can blow and links rules apply – this was our favourite part of the course and was both beautiful and challenging. Having played Seignosse, it was also nice to be able to miss the fairway and not lose your ball.
There is a reasonable walk between holes, and the advice given is to allow 4.5-5 hours to play the course – on the penultimate day of my stay, my friend and I went out as a two ball on a Monday pm but quickly caught up the 4 ball mixed competition – delays on every green soon translated to additional time for practice – the trick is to get out before the crowd so we teed off Tuesday am 7.30 and got round in just over 3 hours - the course was well used and unfortunately if caught in a pile up, getting through, no matter how speedy you are, can be challenging.
In summary, I loved almost every aspect of the course – the only thing I would change is run on the fairway as I’m not that short a hitter (carry 230 yards on the drive, sometimes more) but certain par 4s were playing out of range in regulation due to hills and slope. That’s just an incentive to practice tho’.
50 here I come; I trust I’ll be fit & well to play and hope to definitely come back.
Played Moliets early april along with a high handicapper. We both found it a very pleasant round of golf on a good quality course. Especially the variety in holes. Narrow, open, hilly, flat, parkland, straight, dogleg, wooded and even seaside holes. It's all at Moliets. The long walks between holes and the long walk to the first tee we took for granted. No need for a buggy, only if you are in a hurry.
Played this course in August 2000. Impressive set up with superb clubhouse and restaurant. Practice areas excellent as well. Course not up to standard with the rest of SW France. Greens patchy and fairways generally too wide. Easy to stand on most tee boxes and thrash a driver with no concern of where it's going to end up. Little disappointed given it's standing in Golf World's Top 50 European course. Long walks between holes - buggy a necessity. Watch out for the swimming pool adjoining the 13th - I think I managed to put a ball in the deep end !
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