Golf Club Opio Valbonne
Set between Cannes, Nice and Grasse, the Golf Club of Opio Valbonne is one of the jewels in the crown of the Riviera. Imagine an 18-hole course amidst the sea and the mountains, at the heart of a magnificent domain.
Protected by 220 hectares of undulating landscape in the shade of century-old trees, where you will even find a Gallo Roman aqueduct! Just a few minutes from some of the most beautiful coastlines of the Côte d’Azur, this course, sheltered from the wind, benefits from a sunny climate and an ideal geographical position.
At the golf course, the Château de la Bégude offers you the opportunity to return to traditional values, which has contributed to the success of the region. The 17th-century Bastide has been completely renovated and boasts a restaurant, overlooking the golf course, where the Chef offers an inspired Provence cuisine rich with colour and flavour.
The Opio Valbonne course like the nearby Grande Bastide joined the Open Golf Club chain in 2001, the leading group in the high-end golf sector. The course itself was designed in 1966 by the English grandmaster of course design, Donald Harradine. He had the inspiration to design lines that seem simple, in perfect harmony with nature, but difficult to play. At the time there were very few courses on the Côte d'Azur.
This unique site, where the first hole is only 100m from Château de la Bégude a luxury hotel constructed in the purely classical style of the Grand Siècle period of French history soon developed a reputation.
In the dense vegetation, squeezed by the Bégude river bed which tangles with the fairways of the course, the course is known to be quite technical. Some holes, in particular, require method and tactics to beat. It is certainly the case for the blind sixth, the eleventh green known as the glacier “a windy corridor in winter” or the fifteenth or sixteenth which seem embedded in elms overlooking the remains of the Roman aqueduct.