La Bretesche Golf Course
Golf de La Bretesche, Missillac, Brittany, France
La Bretesche golf club has one of the most famous courses in the whole
of France. Made famous by its wonderful chateau, the course lives up to
The first six holes roll through a dense pine forest that reminds you
of some of the famous pine forest courses in Surrey. You are then treated
to the most inspiring views, of the chateau, during the next five holes.
Holes twelve to fifteen are again through the forest, and the remaining
three holes move nicely towards the clubhouse and past the chateau again.
La Bretesche also boasts a wonderful four star hotel, and over twenty
Breton style country cottages (Self Catering).
La Bretesche golf club holds high standards throughout the resort. These
are also displayed in the club house, practice range and the Hotels restaurant
which is renowned as one of the best in Southern Brittany.
Hole 1 is a Par 4 at 347 (Metres) from the White Tees
La Bretesche starts of with a Par four that is not too long and downhill.
The green is on the left hand side and a smart bunker is placed on the
right of the fairway to stop you having a good look at it. The green is
protected by two bunkers either side and don’t go too long on your
approach as the dense forest will eat you ball.
Hole 2 is a Par 4 at 366 (Metres) from the White Tees
A straight and wide fairway awaits you but don’t hook into the dense
forest on the right. There are no bunkers on the fairway but two bunkers
guard the elevated green that slopes towards you.
Hole 3 is a Par 3 at 150 (Metres) from the White Tees
The first Par 3 at La Bretesche is fairly straight forward and the green
is protected by two bunkers and wooded pine trees.
Hole 4 is a Par 5 at 443 (Metres) from the White Tees
This Par 5 is a dogleg right and just left of the fairway is a big bunkers
hiding under the trees. There is another small bunker at the dogleg and
two bunkers, again, guard this green.
Hole 5 is a Par 4 at 384(Metres) from the White Tees
A straight Par 4 that has the green on the left hand side so a draw is
an ideal tee shot. However, a bunker on the left side of the fairway will
trap you if not accurate.
Hole 6 is a Par 3 at 201 (Metres) from the White Tees
This is the longest Par 3 at La Bretesche and plays over 200 yards so
a 3 wood is needed for some. The green slopes from back to front and is
protected by the mandatory two bunkers.
Hole 7 is a Par 4 at 401 (Metres) from the White Tees
Golf in Brittany now comes alive as you tee off by the side of the Chateau.
Take in the views but don’t forget that this is the hardest hole.
The trees and forest are not so dense on this part of the course and you
can try and cut the corner on this dogleg left. Be careful as its uphill
and there is a bunker left side of the fairway so your drive will not
go too far. You are treated at the green as there are three bunkers guarding
Hole 8 is a Par 4 at 384 (Metres) from the White Tees
Water comes into play for the first time at Le Bretesche. Aim for the
tall palm trees and try and draw around the vicious dogleg left. The second
shot is over a small valley and the bunkers are now growing in number,
four here protect the long narrow green.
Hole 9 is a Par 5 at 444 (Metres) from the White Tees
This is the signature hole at La Bretesche and a good chance to make the
green in two. It’s an uphill drive that will roll on a bit if you
make the peak. Careful at the green because whilst you are admiring the
chateau the green can catch you out as it rises and falls all over the
place. The bunkers at the green can punish you as well!. Golf in France
would surely be weaker without this hole.
Hole 10 is a Par 4 at 329 (Metres) from the White Tees
There is a small pond to the right that should not interfere with you
drive. This is a dogleg right and there are bunkers on the right to stop
you cutting the corner, so keep left to have a good look at the green.
Hole 11 is a Par 4 at 379 (Metres) from the White Tees
Now you go back into the forest. This is a fairly straight forward hole
that only hold a S.I. 2 value because it’s quite narrow. However,
it does have a difficult green that is very undulating.
Hole 12 is a Par 4 at 358 (Metres) from the White Tees
A slight dogleg right and if you can fade a drive past the last tree you
will be fine. There is a tiny green but if you chip in from the left hand
bunker like me you will be fine.
Hole 13 is a Par 5 at 479 (Metres) from the White Tees
This is La Bretesche’s longest hole and a candidate for you longest
drive competition. It’s a lovely inviting fairway and two straight
shots should get you to the green in two. The green slopes from right
to left and there is a dangerous bunker just on the right side.
Hole 14 is a Par 4 at 320 (Metres) from the White Tees
This is a shot par 4 that has a huge bunker across the fairway that stops
you being too greedy with your tee shot. Again two bunkers at the green
are ready to trap any loose approach shot.
Hole 15 is a Par 3 at 160 (Metres) from the White Tees
This tree lined par 3 has three bunkers to keep you thinking but with
an accurate tee shot you should make par.
Hole 16 is a Par 5 at 452 (Metres) from the White Tees
The last par 5 at Le Bretesche has a big wide faced bunker on the right
of the fairway. Stay to the left on your second shot as there is a danger
of being blocked by the big oak tree on the right.
Hole 17 is a Par 3 at 160 (Metres) from the White Tees
The 17th is probably the best Par 3 at Le Bretesche. You sit on the tee
high above the green and if you manage to hit it you will have a difficult
putt as its probably the hardest green on the course. Very ‘snake’
like and super undulating.
Hole 18 is a Par 4 at 258 (Metres) from the White Tees
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The shortest par 4 is inviting to have a go at the green. However, a series
of three bunkers are strategically placed to warn you off. One just about
40 yards from the green, one more that acts as a collar at the front of
the green. Just incase you try to go long there is a hidden one at the
rear on the right. I spent four of my shots in the bunkers on this hole.
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