The most impressive part of day two at the Golf Du Medoc Resort was the post breakfast morning walk from the club house to the delightful first Tee…
The morning was crisp, the due glistening on the grass white flecked in the morning sunshine. The Golf Crest guests, all gentlemen, kitted-out in their golfing finery.
The air clean, fresh and crisp, fluffy clouds gleaming white, as the gents, together looked to the first fairway. “Looks spectacular”, said Matt, an ex-England defender, who had played for both Chelsea and Arsenal.
The greens did look spectacular. Trees.
That morning’s quietly excited stroll included talk of the spectacular four course meal the evening before.
The Château Course
The day before, the warmth of the morning sunshine had lifted the spirits of the gents, and was greeted with smiles and happy laughter so the Golf Crest guests were able to enjoy a pre-round lunch on the terrace before the 2pm tee off, playing the championship Château course.
The golfers went out in two groups of four balls with handicaps ranging from 2 -15. This provided a great variety of ability and everyone enjoyed playing off the white tees.
The course was in superb condition, including the fast-paced greens, with narrow approaches to the greens, which were guarded by bunkers. Accurate approach shots were crucial. This course was played into the wind therefore it was challenging but enjoyable. Both games went down to the last hole, competition was full-blooded and feisty, handicaps were spot on.
Following the round everyone enjoyed a well-earned drink on the terrace, overlooking the incredible practise area.
Dinner was enjoyed in the hotel restaurant and everyone commented on how good the food was with a reasonable choice on offer on the menu, complemented by some delicious Bordeaux wine!
The next morning, whilst the guests enjoyed a wholesome breakfast, the Golf Crest team cleaned and loaded their clubs onto buggies. The golfers made their way to the practise area to warm up before the 10.30am tee times on the Vines course. Unfortunately, the weather was a little damp to start with but this did not deter from the enjoyment of the round. The Vines course is a little shorter than the Château course, but still provides a challenge even for the lower handicappers.
As expected, the fairways and greens received the same exceptional characteristics as they had experienced the previous day. The course offered the chance to be more aggressive with the driver, the lowest handicapper shot an impressive round on day two – level par.
Golf Crest Wine Tour
After golf, a private wine tour had been pre-arranged at Château Malescasse, a 20-minute drive from Medoc. It is a stunning drive through the vineyards with Châteaux dotted along the famous ‘Route du vin’. This Château is a Cru Bourgeois. Everyone enjoyed the tour, including seeing the spectacular oak barrels in the newly renovated Chai (wine-store). The very informative guide explained the full production process including bottling, a visit to the lab and ending with a tasting of the different vintages.
The final evening at Medoc was enjoyed back at the Golf Resort with another delicious dinner. The guests turned in for an early night in preparation for the next day’s golf.
The Golf Crest “Hidden Gem”
After a delicious hearty breakfast, the Golf Crest team loaded the minibus and headed to the ‘hidden gem’ golf course.
The drive took the team through the beautiful wine region of St Emilion. Passing many well-known Châteaux en route, as well as views towards the famous wine-producing village of Saint Emilion, the golfers arrived for their next golf adventure.
This amazing course is surrounded by rolling vineyards, the fairways are lined with oak trees and the holes flow from one to the other in a fluid, seamless way.
Impressed by the whole experience this course offered the golfers, it stretched even the more accomplished golfer’s skills!
It was the hardest test and the scores came in handicap order – it was an unbelievable test of golf and the greens are some of the best and most difficult on the rota.
As one of the guests commented ‘this is just off the charts!’
Following the round, the golfers stopped in at the private club house for refreshments. The terrace is elevated above the course and offers spectacular views.
The final evening was spent at the stunning Château Vigiers Golf & Spa Hotel.
Its setting is magical, located in the Dordogne countryside, surrounded by vineyards and spectacular scenery. Our guests checked into their hotel rooms, in the 16th century Château.
Dinner was served in ‘Les Fresques’, a famous one-star Michelin restaurant. Guests were treated to seven courses, accompanied by selected wines to complement each course.
Everyone relaxed and the talk was all golf. The team were keen to test their skills on the next, and last course of this tour.
After dinner the guests made their way to the salon for Coffees and Cognacs to round off what had been an exceptional day…..
The Valley, The Lake and The Vines
The final day of golf included 18 holes in the morning playing ‘The Valley’ and ‘The Lac’ 9-hole courses. After a quick stop for lunch at the Brasserie ‘Le Chai’ which overlooks the practise green, the golfers headed out to play the third 9-hole course ‘The Vines’.
The golfers were impressed with all three golf courses, each offering individual challenges. Vigiers is more of a resort course with wide fairways and little rough. That being said, put it on the wrong side of the fairway, getting to the pins becomes harder.
For the last round, the scores were great overall, the entire group really liked the layout and speed of the greens.
After the final round was completed everyone enjoyed a drink on the terrace and reflected on what had been a great four day/three-night tour.
The general feeling was that so much great golf was played on quality courses in a relaxed un-busy atmosphere and that the South West of France is a little-known region offering so much to golfers and wine connoisseurs. Given that Golf Crest had two ex-international sports personalities on this tour, the conversations during dinner were interesting and were fortunate to have amazing guests, what a great tour.
The Golf Crest team drove the golfers back to Bordeaux airport to catch their evening flight home and much discussion was had about returning next year after what had been a very enjoyable and efficacious Golf Crest Bordeaux Tour.
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