The Golf Course
The Golf de Biarritz le Phare spreads on 34 hectares. It’s a 69 par of a 5402 meters lenght.
It looks like being an easy course, which does not require any important physical efforts, but it’s really not. Its difficulty lies in his technicality and it is not that easy to « score ». 70 bunkers are there to remind us, if necessary is, that golf is, above all, a reflection and shrewdness affair.
The greens are fast, the rough very cautious.
The situation of the course, close to the city center of Biarritz – originality due to its old age – offers the great privilege to be near all necessary services : hotels, beaches, trades.
Also close the ocean, it has the advantage, throughout the year of a mild weather : soft in winter, rarely too hot in summer.
A car park is available for players near the Practice.
Hole N° 1 – PAR 5 – HCP 7
The green can be reached in two. The tee of the hole is slanted towards the right so a tee-shot in draw is recommanded. The good strikers could play an iron for the second shot, but be carefull about the slowly coming down green.
Hole N°2 – PAR 3 – HCP 5
A long rising Par 3 with a big green defended by 3 bunkers. Be carefull about the groves/thickets/copses on the right and the out of bounds on the left, it would therefore be difficult to attack by Par. The big, board green has no difficulties.
Hole N° 3 – PAR 5 – HCP 15
This Par 5 allows a birdie but be carefull, the whole left part is hors limite. For the second shot, the green can be attacked with a good drive in draw. The green, well defended by 3 bunkers, does not set any problem. But be carefull about the out of bounds back green.
Hole N°4 – PAR 4 – HCP 1
A lightly dog-leg on the left requires a very precise drive and in draw. Be carefull about the out of bounds on the left all along the hole. For the second shot, a good height of the ball could be necessary because the green, very firm and well defended by 3 bunkers, does not hold the ball.
Hole N° 5 – PAR 3 – HCP 11
This rising Par 3 requires a big shot exactness. According to the way of the wind, the choice of the club is not easy. Bunkers are there, and the green.
Hole N°6 – PAR 4 – HCP 9
A short Par 4, with no visible danger. A drive in fade and a little iron are sufficient to reach a quite big, tough and lively green.
Hole N° 7 – PAR 4 – HCP 13
The tee, slanted towards the right helps for a drive in draw. The distance of the second shot is not easy to evaluate.
The green, lower down, makes the valuation difficult. Be carefull of the out of bounds back green.
Hole N°8 – PAR 3 – HCP 3
One of the most difficult holes of the course. This long rising Par 3 requires a long iron or a Wood to reach the difficultly-accessing green. It’s better missing the green on the right rather than on the left because the out of bounds comes very quickly.
Hole N° 9 – PAR 4 – HCP 17
The temptation to drive the green is big but be carefull of this short and misleading Par 4. An out of bounds on the left and a hedge, at height of fall of the drive, on the right, can make a situation delicate. The second shot can be played in pitching, or in rolled. A lightly coming down green makes the approach difficult.
Hole N°10 – PAR 4 – HCP 10
A Wood n°3 or a long Iron are sufficient enough for the tee-shot, to get a good opening to this very protected green, not always easy to negociate. The pit before the green is very visited. The green is in double-plateau, often dry and where the ball is not easily controlable.
Hole N° 11 – PAR 4 – HCP 6
A hole not easy to drive. Awood n°3 is enough to be well positionnated on the failure of the fairway. The second shot must be very precise on the first plateau of the green, the second one does not hold the ball. 5 bunkers surround this double plateau
Hole N°12 – PAR 3 – HCP 8
Precision is necessary for this Par 3, with its all along rising green, surrounded by 3 deep and difficult bunkers.
Hole N° 13 – PAR 4 – HCP 16
Dog-leg on the right. A drive or a Wood n°3 played in fade are sufficient to be placed on this quite large fairway. The second shot has no real difficuly. The buldged green requires a good appreciation in the reading of the putting lines.
Hole N°14 – PAR 3 – HCP 18
A small Par 3 whose main difficulty is pitching the rising green. Indeed, a bad fittered shot will end in one of the surrounding bunkers. To keep short is not the good solution. The two frontal bunkers in the pit are fiendish.
Hole N° 15 – PAR 4 – HCP 2
The longest Par 4 of the course. A drive and a long and well-carried shot will allow flying aver the big bunker forward the green. The latter, huge, all coming down, does not hold the ball very well.
Hole N°16 – PAR 5 – HCP 12
This long Par 5, with lots of groves/thickets/copses and bunkers, requires two very long shots that could reach the little defended green, rolling, in 2. To be long is not given to everyone so a Par will be the aim, even if signing a birdie if there’s a good approach, the green being very flat.
Hole N° 17 – PAR 3 – HCP 14
It is a complicate hole which makes the club’s selection not an easy one. According to the pin position, the green being big, deep and with a double plateau, It may happens 3 clubs of difference. A 3 putt is quite frequent.
Hole N°18 – PAR 4 – HCP 4
Dog-leg on the left. The drive must be lightly placed on the right side of the fairway. A huge and flat green which makes the choice of the second shot club difficult. The out of bounds just at the back of the green comes very quickly.