Teeing off at Golf de Servanes in Mouriès
A day on the westernmost golf course in the PACA region, in the wildly romantic landscape of the Alpilles, south of Avignon off the A54 motorway towards Arles at Salon-de-Provence.
Olives as far as the eye can see ... On the spot, the small town of Mouriès welcomes us on a beautiful sunny day, in front of whose gates lies "Golf de Servanes". Here there are, roughly estimated, two dozen olive trees for every inhabitant. The village and the fantastic course are located in the wildly romantic landscape of the Alpilles, a small mountain massif south of Avignon - only ten minutes from the tourist highlight of the "Carrières de Lumières" near Les Baux-de-Provence.
Although the course is still quite young at 30 years old, the gnarled pines, slender cypresses and 4,000 olive trees that adorn this beautiful site make it seem much older. One has the feeling that the course is carved into the limestone rocks and has been a part of this area for centuries.
Here, in one of the largest olive growing areas, everything revolves around this little fruit. Even the club logo is designed with an olive branch. The white limestone rocks and the deep blue Provençal sky make the fairways and vegetation appear even greener than they already are. The first view from the clubhouse terrace really puts you in the mood for the round!
We are quickly standing on the tee of the first hole, a short par 4 with 250 metres from yellow, should not be a problem at the start. And it isn't! But the next hole, a par 3 with 127 metres, requires a very precise shot into the green if you don't want to play over par.
Golfing here is particularly enjoyable - on the one hand, because of the landscape described and on the other hand because of the sporting challenge of the course. Except for hole 17 (with 250 metres), all par 4 holes are over 320 metres long. However, the holes are rather wide and allow the beginner to make easy scatters and the expert to hit really long shots with the chance of good results.
Water hazards are in play on four holes, such as hole 6, a par 3 with a magnificent peninsula green. There are only a few bunkers on this course.
Most holes offer a good view of the flag from the tee, which makes the game more relaxed. However, long hitters are tempted to really hit it - and so many a ball gets lost under the olive trees. Therefore, the last holes in the more heavily wooded area should be played a little more defensively in order to be able to enjoy the refreshment on the beautiful clubhouse terrace in a good mood after the last putt.
A visit to the club restaurant "La Bergerie" is worthwhile in any case, no matter how you played. Here, Jean-Michel Alzard spoils his guests with Provençal specialities.
We agree: a great course, which can also be mastered by older and not well-trained golfers in a relaxing way with an electric trolley or on foot!
Golf de Servanes
Booking: +33 (0) 4 90 47 59 95
Restaurant: +33 (0) 4 90 47 61 58
GPS: 43°42'20" - E04°51'39"
18 holes - par 72
Lengths from the various tees:
6161 m white Slope 138
5721 m yellow Slope 130
5201 m blue Slope 134
4811 m red Slope 130
Driving range, putting and chipping greens
Chariot 5€, Voiturette 40€
Clubhouse with well-maintained sanitary facilities, restaurant with beautiful terrace, pro shop.
Green fee for 18 holes between 50 and 82€ depending on the season.
The course is open all year round.
- Raimund Theobald