Golf Retreat in the Dordogne
Near Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion, the 16th century Château des Vigiers is an appealing golf retreat – a blend of classic and contemporary. The 4-star Château is regal, set like a Grand Dame in the undulating Dordogne landscape with a spectacular 27-hole golf course. The beautifully restored centerpiece and resort have been designated one of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World”.
A little side note is interesting. I know France hasn’t much of a golfing tradition. Perhaps, with so much beauty, culture, history and “je ne sais quoi”, they simply haven’t the time or desire to chase a little white ball around grassy knolls. But there was one notable French golfer who made history more for his loss than Paul Lawrie’s win at the British Open at Carnoustie. In a virtual bow to the theme of the movie “Tin Cup”, in 1999 Frenchman Jean Van de Velde stepped to the 18thtee with a healthy 6-stroke lead. To make a long story short, he made one bad decision after another, spending twenty excruciating minutes working his way in and out of the barns and water. Though his triple-bogey took him into the playoff, he would not walk away with the Claret Jug. An interesting story, but let’s get back to our golf escape.
You will enjoy distinct room choices, from a classic Chateau room to spacious patio wing rooms with your own terrace overlooking the gardens or golf course. All rooms are beautifully furnished with every comfort. And you can cap off your round of golf with a visit to the beauty and spa centre. After enjoying a leisurely lunch, by all means explore Saint-Emilion and local vineyards.
At day’s end, dine “al fresco” on the scenic terrace overlooking the lake, while the wine steward uncorks your favorite rosé from the wine cellar. Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it?
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