18-hole Grande Bastide golf course - A challenging course

Stunning 18-hole golf course near Grasse, the world capital of perfume

Designed in 1990 by Cabell Robinson, who used to work for Robert Trent Jones Senior, Golf de la Grande Bastide features decidedly modern architecture. It offers golfers wide fairways and well-protected greens with numerous bunkers and water features, laid out in a stunning, gently undulating natural setting.

The length of the teeing grounds and its open space layout makes this course both a challenge for good players and suitable for beginners.

Le parcours en détails

Trou n°x
Trou n°x

Trou n°1

  • PAR 4
  • HCP 15
  • Blanc 301
  • Jaune 283
  • Bleu 251
  • Rouge 242
  • Orange 135

Pro Advice

No tricky parts on this hole. Aim for the left side of the fairway when teeing off to avoid the right-hand bunker and leave yourself a shot of around a hundred metres. It is essential to aim your second shot to fall short of the flag to avoid a fast downhill putt.

Trou n°2

  • PAR 4
  • HCP 9
  • Blanc 346
  • Jaune 316
  • Bleu 298
  • Rouge 257
  • Orange 120

Pro Advice

A nice, rather long par 4. Aim for the left side of the fairway to avoid having to hit a blind shot behind the bunker  on the right. Fast uphill green. The best place for the second shot is short of the flag. 

Trou n°3

  • PAR 3
  • HCP 5
  • Blanc 183
  • Jaune 259
  • Bleu 142
  • Rouge 107
  • Orange 107

Pro Advice

I think this is the most difficult hole on the course. A long par 3 with a tricky green. I recommend trying to land your first shot on the edge of the green to prevent the ball slipping away to the right. Par is a great score for this hole. 

Trou n°4

  • PAR 5
  • HCP 1
  • Blanc 507
  • Jaune 464
  • Bleu 418
  • Rouge 405
  • Orange 220

Pro Advice

No major difficulties from the tee to the green. I recommend you land the ball about 100 metres from the green for your third shot. That is where it starts to get tricky! This is one of the most difficult greens on this course. It is essential to choose the correct club to reach the flag. You must avoid hitting it too long and going past the green as you will then have an impossible chip.

Trou n°5

  • PAR 3
  • HCP 17
  • Blanc 163
  • Jaune 144
  • Bleu 135
  • Rouge 108
  • Orange 70

Pro Advice

A nice downhill par 3. This is normally played by going down one or two clubs when teeing off. Aim for the right-hand side and allow the mound to nudge your ball back towards the green.

Trou n°6

  • PAR 4
  • HCP 7
  • Blanc 378
  • Jaune 359
  • Bleu 337
  • Rouge 315
  • Orange 220

Pro Advice

Reasonably long par 4. No tricky parts on this hole.  The key here is to get near the flag on your second shot. Large green with sideways double plateau.

Trou n°7

  • PAR 4
  • HCP 11
  • Blanc 281
  • Jaune 259
  • Bleu 235
  • Rouge 208
  • Orange 135

Pro Advice

One of my favourite holes! I can attack this short par 4 with one shot but be careful! It has a very small sideways green with little room for placing your ball. Instead, I recommend placing your first shot at a good distance from the green so it can easily stop.

Trou n°8

  • PAR 5
  • HCP 3
  • Blanc 444
  • Jaune 412
  • Bleu 399
  • Rouge 376
  • Orange 230

Pro Advice

A nice par 5 with lots of water. Hazardous tee shot. Aim for the right side of the fairway. No major challenges for the second shot. The green is quite flat but does have multiple slight slopes. Watch out for a flag on the little plateau, to the back left of the green.  

Trou n°9

  • PAR 4
  • HCP 13
  • Blanc 311
  • Jaune 291
  • Bleu 255
  • Rouge 235
  • Orange 120

Pro Advice

I really enjoy this hole. I can often reach the green on my first shot by hitting the ball over the trees on the right when the wind is favorable. For amateurs, I recommend a drive down the right side of the fairway as it has a camber. The green is often firm, with a significant slope from right to left, which requires a second shot from the fairway taken so that the ball stops as easily as possible.

Trou n°10

  • PAR 5
  • HCP 10
  • Blanc 465
  • Jaune 408
  • Bleu 362
  • Rouge 329
  • Orange 220

Pro Advice

Long par 5 that turns slightly from right to left. Aim for the right side of the fairway with your drive. Not much difficulty for the second shot. Once again a rather tricky green. It is essential to avoid the right side of the green, as that would leave you with a very difficult chip on a slope.  

Trou n°11

  • PAR 4
  • HCP 12
  • Blanc 347
  • Jaune 306
  • Bleu 296
  • Rouge 272
  • Orange 135

Pro Advice

Par 4 with right-hand dog leg. Do not cut over the trees on the right. Aim for the left side of the fairway, as the rough can be quite high and it is almost impossible to stop your ball on the green. A large green with double plateau. High level of difficulty when the flag is at the back. Try to make your shot quite short as an approach behind the green is almost impossible. 

Trou n°12

  • PAR 5
  • HCP 4
  • Blanc 480
  • Jaune 443
  • Bleu 433
  • Rouge 400
  • Orange 220

Pro Advice

A magnificent par 5. Probably the most difficult green in Europe! Nothing of note from the tee-off to the third shot. But from there it gets complicated. A downhill sloping green with significant cambers. I recommend that all golfers aim for the middle of the green. Two putts are a great outcome!

Trou n°13

  • PAR 3
  • HCP 18
  • Blanc 134
  • Jaune 111
  • Bleu 82
  • Rouge 73
  • Orange 73

Pro Advice

A short par 3 with no major difficulty. A wide green. Aim for the left side of the green to avoid the bunker, which can be dangerous.

Trou n°14

  • PAR 4
  • HCP 6
  • Blanc 406
  • Jaune 376
  • Bleu 351
  • Rouge 326
  • Orange 230

Pro Advice

The longest par 4 on the course. Aim for the right side of the fairway to avoid being obstructed by the tree above the bunker on the second shot.  A green with significant slope. It is best to put yourself to the right of it so as to avoid the hump on the left and leave yourself an uphill putt.

Trou n°15

  • PAR 4
  • HCP 8
  • Blanc 333
  • Jaune 312
  • Bleu 296
  • Rouge 272
  • Orange 115

Pro Advice

A highly technical par 4!  Do not go left! Stay on the right side. Even a ball in the rough is better than a ball in the water. Quite tricky second shot. The danger lies either side of the green. Water is on the right and inviting bunkers are on the left. I recommend aiming for the start of the green with a rolling ball so as to reach the middle of the green without too many obstructions. 

Trou n°16

  • PAR 3
  • HCP 16
  • Blanc 117
  • Jaune 106
  • Bleu 90
  • Rouge 86
  • Orange 65

Pro Advice

A highly technical little par 3. A highly complex green! Aim for the left side, using the large mound to nudge the ball back to the green. The water hazard sits on the right.  

Trou n°17

  • PAR 4
  • HCP 14
  • Blanc 347
  • Jaune 311
  • Bleu 278
  • Rouge 240
  • Orange 135

Pro Advice

Long par 4 turning from left to right. No major difficulty. Simply aim for the left side of the fairway to avoid obstacles being in the way when you attack the green.

Trou n°18

  • PAR 4
  • HCP 2
  • Blanc 386
  • Jaune 356
  • Bleu 330
  • Rouge 308
  • Orange 115

Pro Advice

Probably the most attractive hole on the course. Par 4 that turns from right to left. Make sure your tee-off is not too long. A big row of trees can get in the way for your second shot.  A complex green with a water hazard on the left. It is best to stay above the bunker on the right and let the ball roll towards the middle of the green using the significant right to left slope.

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