A novel take on one of the world’s favourite pastimes can be found just outside the centre of Caen, and within minutes of the French Channel port of Ouistreham. Compact Golf Louvigny is more than just a pitch’n’putt range. Although only six holes long, and one round playable in not much over an hour or so, the course, designed by Stuart Hallett, offers technical challenges for advanced golfers, while the shorter distances go easy on us duffers. The greens are eco-friendly: made of synthetic turf, they play just like the real thing, and all year ‘round.
Begin on the practice course: the 300m driving range has 10 covered tees and 18 exterior tees, and 300sqm putting green, 2 practice bunkers, a 250sqm pitching green, and other practice areas.
The course itself features four par 3 and two par 4 holes. Sounds easy, but fairway rough, pot bunkers, and two-tiered greens will make you choose your club carefully. Green fees are €9, €16, and €23 for 6, 12, or 18 holes. Clubs and carts can be hired, as well as buckets and buckets of practice balls. The resident pro offers individual or group lessons, and the clubhouse offers a friendly bar and restaurant in which to celebrate, or seek consolation, after the round.
Compact Golf Louvigny
Le Mesnil de Louvigny
Tel: 02 31 91 07 81
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