Thanks to its warm, sunny climate and few rainy days, Nice and the French Riviera is the perfect spot for a round of golf. Enthusiasts and visitors have plenty golf courses at their disposal to practise this sport, most of which welcome tourists and other non-members.
Golf in Nice
In Nice itself there is the 9 hole compact course at Golf Country Club de Nice, 9 hole course which also has pitch and putt facilities and an extensive driving range with more than 30 covered bays. There is also a practice centre at the Marina Golf Club, with two putting greens and a driving range with 30 places. However, for the best golf courses on the Riviera you’ll have to travel between 20-45 kilometres from Nice where there are some sensational clubs along the coast with challenging courses and breathtaking views.
From a little further east in Beaulieu-Sur-Mer you have the choice of two nearby golf courses, both around a half hour drive, the Golf Country Club de Nice or the Monte-Carlo Golf Club. The Monte-Carlo Golf Club boasts an 18 hole course and, despite the name, is actually located in La Turbie rather than Monaco!
The 18-hole Biot Golf Course is one of the oldest courses on the Riviera, offering a flat, lovely, (if very short) course of some difficulty. It offers gorgeous views of the old village of Biot, as well as a friendly club which welcomes non-members with a good restaurant, club rental, lessons, driving range and pro-shop. In nearby Sophia Antipolis, you'll find Le Provencal Golf, a 9 hole architect-designed course offering narrow fairways and stunning views of the Alps.
In nearby Villeneuve-Loubet, the 9 hole course is complemented by a 40-bay driving range, a putting green and a pro-shop and a restaurant, the course has been recently upgraded. It's not the most glamorous club on the Riviera but it is tranquil, friendly, affordable and accessible.
If you happen to be staying in Cap d'Ail then your nearest golf club is the Monte-Carlo Golf Club, again, not actually in Monte-Carlo! Just under half an hour's drive away, you will have access tthis wonderful century-old course is rich in history and offers breathtaking views over mountains and sea- at the fifth hole you can actually see three countries at once! The 18 holes, par 71 course has some is very hilly and requires considerable accuracy. The green fees aren't cheap, but the elegant clubhouse and those extraordinary views of the Riviera make it worth the expense. There's a restaurant open every day except Monday and a practice ground on site, as well as a pro shop and caddy and equipment rental.
Unsurprisingly for a hilltop village, there is no golf course at Gourdon- the closest club to Gourdon is the spectacular 18 hole Golfe de Grande Bastide, 7kms away in the beautiful town of Grasse. In all there are three 18 hole golf courses around Grasse, all of which offer stunning views of mountains, village and sea. There's a lovely and quite challenging course at Golfe de Saint Donat, while in nearby Chateuneuf-de-Grasse you'll find the open fairways and panoramic views of Golfe de la Grande Bastide. The Golf du Claux-Amic is set on an old hunting estate among the oak trees, with breathtaking views- this course design requires exactitude.
The low hills around Valbonne are golf country, and the Opio-Valbonne Golf Club lies just near the village. This par 73, 18 hole course is not particularly challenging but is set in an area of incredible natural beauty, with lovely views and a few tricky shots.
Close to Golfe-Juan Vallauris is the Golfe Country Club de Cannes et Mougins- a sometimes challenging world class 18 hole, par 72 course set in very pretty scenery. The green fees are not cheap at 120 euro but there are cheaper golf courses within easy drive of Golfe-Juan-Vallauris, check out our golfing pages for details.
Have a look at our Golf Courses page for more information and details for each course.