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A place in the sun

Golf Club BeauvallonThe very charming golf club of Beauvallon is characterised by this geographic, south-facing location: this course is bathed in light and warmth no matter what the season.

Found nestled between sea and hills at the foot of the Massif des Maures, this beautiful place is, so to speak, our favorite club in the south of France and a course that we always love to play when we spend our holidays in Ramatuelle. It’s been this way for several decades now!

As we’ve know the Beauvallon for a very long time at this point, we’ve developed a particularly intimate relationship with the course and its play.

After leaving the coast road, between Port Grimaud and Saint Maxime, and heading just 500 metres uphill, we arrive at the new clubhouse with its restaurant and country-style building in which the office and pro shop are housed. It is all ‘très chic’.

For today, we booked a tee-off time in advance, but this is not always necessary, especially if you have time on your side. If there’s a little delay to play, have a seat in the sun and get to know some of the many amiable people who spend time here and, for us, have often been a wonderful source of information for the culinary and current affairs news of the region!

Once on the course, play is equally relaxed. You might be surprised by some of the climbs, but they are easily mastered on foot. The wide and simple Par 4 tracks at the beginning of the round can be deceiving; there are some very tricky holes. There are also some fairways requiring you to cross over roads. Worth mentioning is Hole 14 - a short Par 3 (115m) - where you must first play over a high fence then over a road and finally over a pond. All this should be done with just one hit from the green. Regarding other course water hazards, sometimes there’s a small pool, but nothing stands in your way.

The most interesting holes come at the end of the first nine. Here too the special and unique character of this place is revealed. While the ninth hole would typically be closest to the clubhouse, at Beauvallon it is the furthest away! There’s something of a classic, Scottish links course about it and for this reason, green-fee players cannot play a nine-hole round.

No matter how many times we come here, we are always enthusiastic about the different requirements of the course. We like the five Par 3 holes, which couldn’t be more different from each other. As a reward, you have the fantastic view over the Gulf of Saint Tropez from almost everywhere.

The services for guest players - changing rooms and sanitary facilities - is rather poor and suggests management assume that golfers are lodged in nearby accommodation (the golf club is centrally located to many great hotels).

The most beautiful time to play at Beauvallon is from the late afternoon into the evening as the sun sets slowly in the hinterland and Mediterranean Sea is dazzling in a lulling Provençal light. As such, ‘late players’ - those arriving four hours before the sunset – can play for 60€. After the game, there are only more treasures to discover in the beautiful towns and villages of the region: Saint Tropez, Port Grimaud, Gassin and Ramatuelle are all very close.


Raimund Theobald