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Golf holidays - Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau is (yet) another glorious Renaissance French town steeped in history and dominated by a huge château with vast formal gardens.
To the southeast of Paris so a little further to drive around the French capital, but you will be rewarded with some superlative golf and very few other tourist golfers.
Unlike Versailles, Fontainebleau is geographically separated from Paris and so has its own identity with quite a bohemian feel to the streets full of cafés and restaurants that lie just behind the château.
The area is rich in golf courses too, the Fontainebleau forest extends far to the Southeast and lends itself perfectly to golf. Fontainebleau G.C. is a privilege to play, one of the finest traditional courses you will find anywhere in the world. The other golf courses are a little spread out around the countryside, so some driving is required; so maybe consider stopping in two or three places? Maybe on down into Chablis and Burgundy country… Driving is however not really a problem as the scenery is lovely and this part of France is generally quiet on the roads.
The golf courses of Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau Golf Club is very close to the town centre and a fine old traditional Golf Club it is too. The nest nearest golf course to Fontainebleau is Cely Golf Club, a more modern golf course on a gently sloping hillside that rises in front of its château style clubhouse (although only dating from the last Century!). Heading deeper into France, the golf course at Château d'Augerville is a little woodland treasure tucked away in the forest around the impressive white château. West of Fontainebleau is the unique medieval walled course of Belesbat, a golf course built within the walls of a fortified château that is now a small hotel and conference centre.
You may have heard of Fontenailles too, which was a great 27-hole golf complex. However it has been closed since 2009 - maybe one day it will open again, we'll keep watching...
Getting to Fontainebleau by car
For many living in the southeast of the UK, the easiest way to get to Fontainebleau will be via the Eurotunnel or P&O ferries to Calais. From here it is about a four hour drive to Fontainebleau, skirting around Paris to the East. Or take the pretty route further East via the rolling hills of Reims and the champagne vineyards to the South.
There are some very good golf courses on the way down though, so consider breaking your journey with a game of golf (or a even a night's stopover) en-route: Chantilly, Reims, Arras or even the course at Eurodisney!
Getting to Fontainebleau by air
If you prefer to fly, then the closest airport is Orly, which is south of Paris, so much easier on the driving too. There is not a huge number of flights into Orly, however there are some quite surprising connections so it is worth asking us to investigate this option for you if you would rather fly than drive.