The 18-hole Les Dunes course at Les Golfs d’Hardelot is laid out over undulating terrain. Set among ornamental lakes, sand dunes and forest, it is both strategic and charming with spectacular views. Designed by Paul Rollin and Jean-Claude Cornillot, Les Dunes has recently had a facelift, making it suitably challenging for a destination of this calibre.
Focus on the right-hand mound with your tee shot to open up this large green with its double plateau.
If you play to the left side you’ll usually get a good kick, but make sure you get off the mound.
Big hitters will get over the fairway bunker, but everyone else should play to the left side. On your second stroke, stay away from the bunkers at all costs.
There’s usually a head wind at this long par 4, which is one of the challenges of this course. Start off with a drive to the centre left. When you attack the green, watch out if the flag is at the back.
Hit a long shot down the centre of the green even if the flag is at the front if you don’t want to end up in the “chamber pot” bunker. At the 6th hole, don’t be tempted to take your eye off the fairway bunker or you’ll end up with the ball at your knees on the second stroke.
Don’t be tempted to take your eye off the fairway bunker or you’ll end up with the ball at your knees on the second stroke.
Watch out for the headwind, as you can’t feel it.
After a straight drive you can either attack the green or get yourself into the best position for attacking it.
Big hitters can get past the bunker and play an iron to take the green in two, while most people will keep to the left to open up the game. Watch out for the shallowness of the green.
Longer hitters can tee off with an iron and then choose the best club for the plateaued green.
Don’t let the water bother you – the distance you need to hit is nothing to worry about!
Keep things on track at the fairway bunker, unless you’re confident about tackling the bottleneck. Keep left when attacking the green.
If you get your second stroke just past the little tarmac road 100 m from the entrance to the green, that’s far enough. Attacking players can aim for the large pine trees behind the green, bearing in mind that the green is long… very long.
Enter the green on the right side and the ball will roll to the flag.
A 180 m tee shot and an attack from the left side will allow you to putt a birdie on this short par 4.
Stay short of the right-hand mound and then attack the green from the left side. Don’t be greedy if the flag is short. The green has quite a slope.
Watch out for the headwind and play to the right half of the green, which is deeper.
Les Dunes signature hole. You need to avoid a downhill second shot. When you attack the green, be aware of the distance to the large pine trees. If you end up in the water, take your drop from your preferred distance.