Category: Golf Travel

The Ryder Cup and French Cultural Experience of a Lifetime!

Brad Osoba
Brad Osoba Apr 27, 2018

The forty-second Ryder Cup is less than six months away, and this year comes to you from one of the most iconic cities in the world - Paris, France. The legendary match play event features Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods on the American team heading into Paris in search of The United States’ first win in Europe since 1993. International bragging rights are at stake in this once every other year event where the world’s best golfers compete for personal and national pride. With Paris and the beautiful French countryside as the back for The 2018 Ryder Cup, every golf enthusiast would want to attend this once in a lifetime golf and cultural event.

Elite Golf Experiences, an authorized package provider for the 2018 Ryder Cup proudly offers an exclusive Ryder Cup experience from the event itself to a selection of unique extension tours through the majestic French coast and countryside. While a five-night stay in Paris to immerse yourself in the Ryder Cup and Parisian experience is epic, why deprive yourself from the complete piece of art that is France? From a royal experience touring castles in Augerville to sipping your way through French wine country in Bordeaux and everything in between, this beautiful country has something for everyone.

Bordeaux is the famed hub of the French wine country. World famous for both red and white wines, the port city on the Garonne River is home to over quarter million acres of vineyards and supporting industries. World renowned restaurants and wineries offer exquisite tours and tastings. Named after its famous Archbishop of Bordeaux, who would later become Pope Clement V, Chateau Pape Clement is one of the oldest documented wine producing estates and celebrated for its wines “made in heaven”. Saint-Emilion is the most charming town in all of Bordeaux and a red wine appellation surrounding that town on the right bank of the Gironde River. It is an area that has been growing grapes since Roman times and the source of some of the world's greatest Merlot and Cabernet Franc based wines.

Bordeaux has consistently been ranked as a top wine touring destination and is considered the wine capital of the world, but what about golf to experience the perfect pairing? The region is filled with fertile lands not only for growing grapes but to provide the best in golf. Golf du Medoc Hotel with its superb courses Chateaux – the flagship course - and Les Vignes Golf Courses is the only resort in France where two courses are featured in Golf World’s top 100 courses in Continental Europe. Grand Saint-Emilionnais Golf Club is an impressive Tom Doak design, which is set within a UNESCO World Heritage site in the wine producing countryside. Chateaux de Vigiers Golf Course, a beautifully maintained three 9-hole course, was designed by naturalist Donald Steel in 1992, another fine option 1.5 hour east of Bordeaux. When the 19th hole is literally one of the most beautiful wine countries in the world, which golf and wine lover wouldn’t want to tour Bordeaux?

France has no shortage of history in royalty. Situated in the commune of Augerville-la-Riviere, Loiret, France the Château d’Augerville is a national heritage site in France. The nearly thousand-year-old site has hosted kings such as Charles IX and dignitaries like Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand while surviving wars, revolutions, and natural decay. The millennia old estate has been turned into the current world-famous luxury hotel and golf course designed by Olivier Dongradi in which the affluent golf traveler has made a signature stop. Chateau d’Augerville offers luxury accommodations, high end dining, and four signature golf courses in the area for a bucket list experience in history like none other.

Historically rich adventures can be continued to be found in Brittany and Normandy. Touring the beaches of Normandy will give you a sense of perspective as you can appreciate the bravery and sacrifice the allied soldiers made on D-Day. One of France’s most recognizable landmarks is the island commune in Normandy known as Le Mont Saint Michel. A glorious structure located in the mouth of the Couesnon River it has been named a world heritage site for it’s over thousand-year history as a monastery, armory, military stronghold, jail, and feudal commune. Four and five-star hotels can be found all along the Brittany and Normandy coast such as Grand Hotel de Dinard, Deauville Normandy Hotel, and Chateau Montvillargenne where you can naturally find some of the most majestic golf courses in the world such as Deauville, Etrat, Dinard and Pleneuf Golf Course.

L’Art de Vivre translates to “the art of living” in French and spending some time in Champagne is an unparalleled experience. Champagne, that sweet sparkling white wine we love, comes from its namesake, Champagne France. The “other” French wine country found in the northeast of France is also well known for its Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier to accompany its Champagne. Wine tours and tastings can be found all over Champagne including in the legendary Taittinger Champagne House. A five-star hotel stay awaits at Hotel Les Crayeres to recharge after wine tastings and golf at Champagne’s top three courses, Reims Golf Course, Champagne Golf Course, and Crecy Golf Course.

Provence is France's poster region for l'art de vivre and one of the most beautiful regions in the country. La Bastide Saint Antoine offer a five-star luxury stay as you play bucket list quality golf courses such as Golf de Saint Donat, Riviera Golf de Barbossi, and Terre Blanche Golf Course. Enjoy a unique perfumer’s apprentice workshop in Grasse, the perfume capital of the world, and explore the Old Provencal villages and castles on the French Riviera. Cannes, known for its art and culture and famed for its international film festival, is part of this luxurious tour through Provence as well.

Or maybe you’d like to keep The Ryder Cup party going in Paris and follow the footsteps of the two Ryder Cup teams when playing Le Golf National. Stay in the luxurious Collectionneur hotel or the famed Hotel du Louvre as you tour the Paris Wine Museum, shop in the high-end Parisian boutiques, and dine in some of the best and most authentic French restaurants on the planet. The golfing doesn’t end as you will also tee-it up on the private Golf de Joyenval, a golf gem which has recently been redesigned by RTJ and Les Bordes Golf Course, a fantastic course nestled in the Loire Valley.

Elite Golf Experiences has created a Ryder Cup experience of a lifetime. With exclusive extension tours through Brittany and Normandy, Champagne, Augerville, Provence, Bordeaux and Paris itself there is a unique adventure for even the most distinguished of travelers to cross off their bucket lists. The Elite Ryder Cup Experience extends far beyond the Ryder Cup itself!

Join one of Elite´s epic escorted tours throughout France to create your memories for a lifetime!

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