Everything at Terre Blanche has been designed to create a top-of-the-line experience. In 2014, it was voted Best European Golf Resort at the World Golf Awards, the most prestigious awards in golf tourism.
The site has more than a mere 18-hole course – it has two! The courses were designed in 2004 by Dave Thomas, one of the great British golfers of the 50s and 60s who became an architect. The Le Riou course is reserved for the 350 members, their guests, and hotel guests. The Le Château course, open to everyone, is well-known as a demanding course, the perfect training ground for the many professional players who regularly come to “challenge” themselves. It also serves as the base for the Pôle France Elite. In 2016, it was ranked 13th of the best courses in continental Europe by Golf Magazine UK.
Another of Terre Blanche’s assets is its training center, unlike any other in the world: the Albatros Golf Performance Center. “We have high-tech equipment that lets us accurately study the moves of each golfer to improve his or her performance. The world’s greatest golfers come here to train. We also host top athletes from other sports, like rugby and tennis,” explains Director Jean-Marie Casella.
Open and focused on the future
It is an elite property, indeed, but the management nevertheless intends to double its membership. “Tournaments, like the Terre Blanche Ladies Open, are open to the public. We offer days with special rates. We take part in Federation operations like Tous au Golf, Go to Golf, and Pass for Golf. It costs just €330 euros to register at our golf academy. Lessons and workshops at the academy are free for our city’s schools.”