Having taken on management of this club less than seven years ago, young director Stéphane Hassler is delighted with the growth the club has seen in recent years. “We’ve gone from 150 to 400 subscribers, and two-thirds of them are local. We’ve been teaching 100 to 150 people annually for the past six years. We’ve also managed to keep the club active year round. Belonging to Blue Green also means we have an aggressive pricing policy. This is a true urban tourist course, but also a club that has preserved its club spirit.” Another reason the Blue Green Sainte-Maxime golf course has become such a success is its superb location above the city and the few competitors it has in the vicinity, as the other clubs around the Gulf of Saint-Tropez are members-only establishments. The closest accessible clubs are at least a 40-minute drive away.
A course with a panoramic view
“We actually have three courses in one. The front nine are on a very flat area. But the back nine require a golf cart, because it’s very steep. Lastly, on some holes, the course has breathtaking views across the bay and out into the backcountry. On the Number 16, for example, players come to hit the ball, but also stop to take pictures.” The challenge for the English architects who designed it, Peter and Don Harradine, was building an 18-hole golf course across an extremely steep area with exceptionally uneven terrain. And that makes this long course (more than 6,000 meters overall) one that is both physically challenging and quite technical. “Another unique characteristic: It’s the only course in France to be watered entirely with water from the water purification plant.” Proving that even golf can contribute to sustainable development!