GOLF is growing faster in France than anywhere else in the world with many excellent local courses that welcome visitors. With elegant clubhouses and comparatively empty courses, it represents a visiting golfer's paradise, especially with affordable green fees. In Brittany, the choice is wide with scenic courses to suit all skill levels. All the courses are within easy travel distance of Moulin Le Ponto

Golf de Rimaison, at Bieuzy-des-Eaux

The nearest course is only 5 minutes drive from us. (Tel: 02 97 27 74 03). Situated on a historic site, this 9 hole, par 35 course provides panoramic views of the Blavet Valley. A naturally hilly situation tests skill rather than strength. Golfers of all handicaps can enjoy playing the game all year round. 9 holes, 2,582 yards, par 35 See

Morbihan is Golf de Saint-Laurent at Ploemel

One of the best courses in/near CARNAC. It was established in 1975 and is attractively laid out among oak, pine and chestnut trees. It hosted the French PGA Championship in 1988 and 1989. Its broad, gently undulating fairways and well-kept greens will encourage your game. 18 holes, 6,686 yards, par 72

Golf de Baden

Set amongst pine trees and broom next to the Auray River, offers superb views separated from the practice area by 100 year old oak trees. Beware, however, of strategic water, which affects play on 9 of the holes and concentrates the mind wonderfully. The pitch and putt practice course welcomes all beginners. 8 holes, 6,722 yards, par 72

Val Quéven, near Lorient

A splendid course set amid beautiful woodland. Not quite as difficult as some of the other courses in the area. It has excellent facilities which include good lunch time food, covered range and pitch and putt. 18 holes, 6,724 yards, par 73

The parkland course at Ploemeur-Ocean

This course enjoys fine views from its elevated situation. Though only seven years old it plays like a much more mature course. There are plenty of water hazards here to catch the unwary. 18 holes, 6,410 yards, par 72 Rhuys-Kerver is an enjoyable links course with an attractive club house. 18 holes, 6,724 yards, par 73 La Bretesche is a magnificent course, and something of a legend in French golf. The closing holes are particularly memorable. 18 holes, 6,649 yards, par 72