Owned by Open Golf Club, La Grande Bastide golf course is an 18-hole, par-72 course. Across this 80-hectare site, architect Cabel B. Robinson designed wide fairways and greens that are well-defended by 85 bunkers and seven water hazards. The course offers stunning views of the surrounding villages, nearby hills, and distant mountains, as far-off as the snow-capped peaks of the Alps in winter.
For Richard Stanislas, the golf course director and former pro, “It’s a course with a lot of variety, with a palette of shots that makes for a very enjoyable game. While the well-defended greens provide a challenge for experienced players, the course has wide fairways that make things fun for beginners, too.” The course, being fairly flat, does not necessarily require a golf cart to be played and is comfortable for senior players. Alain, who joined the La Grande Bastide’s club as a subscriber a little over a year ago, emphasizes that “the important thing is the terrain and the ambiance. The staff has an essential role, and everyone’s very nice and friendly here.”
Beyond the annual competitions and other friendly contests, La Grande Bastide golf course also hosts the annual “Pro Shop Cup” (Coupe du Proshop) in collaboration with the Sourire and Partage charity. This association, created to assist seriously ill children and offer them special moments, receives the proceeds from this event. While the competitors vie for their places in the spotlight, the children and their parents are invited to an introductory golf lesson.
The last such event was held on May 31.