Teeing off: Cannes-Mougins Golf Club
Updated: Oct 7, 2021
A day on one of the most beautiful golf courses in the region is not only pleasing to the eye, but also demands a great deal of the player's technical skills.
The Cannes-Mougins Golf Club was founded as early as 1923 and opened four years later under the name "Golf & Country Club Cannes-Mougins" thanks to the generosity of some members such as Prince Pierre of Monaco, Aga Khan and Baron Edouard de Rothschild.
The clubhouse, which was formerly an oil mill, dates from the 17th century. Despite its location in the middle of a populated area on the edge of the Sophia-Antipolis Technology Park and on a busy road not far from Mougins and Cannes, the course is beautiful with its magnificent vegetation. The tracks wind through the unspoilt river valley of La Bouillide, past giant pines and cork oaks.
In 1976, the former owners sold the club including the Château de la Bouillide to an operating company, which decided to modernise the course for the next generation of golfers. It's great to see how the golf course architects Peter Allis and Dave Thomas created a wonderful course with a lot of passion, which will never get boring even after playing many rounds.
On a sunny October day, the course is in perfect condition. The fairways, the greens - everything here makes you want to play a round of golf. Thanks to the extensive irrigation system there are very few bare patches even after the hot season. A few decades ago things looked quite different: Back then, some golf courses on the Côte d'Azur were closed during the summer ... because of lack of water! Today unthinkable, but not impossible to imagine in the future.
The course, as it has been since 2015 after a "facelift" by Tom Mackenzie, is with its 5834 metres of yellow is not always an easy task. The first hole, a 386-metre par four: left out, right water. Then a long par three with a two-plateau green, which does not exactly make it easy to start your round of golf.
Holes four and five are rather relaxed, and with well-placed shots one likes to write a good result on the scorecard before the next par three refuses to forgive mistakes. As mentioned at the beginning, many holes run through a narrow valley, which often results in doglegs (fairways that bend off). This makes the game very interesting, but well-placed tee shots are required to get close to the green with the second shot.
In the last century, the golf course Cannes-Mougins was much more visible in the media than today. In 1979 an international event took place here for the first time, the Cannes-Mougins Open. The European Professional Golfers' Premier League Tournament had a fixed place in the tournament calendar of the European PGA Tour from 1984 to 1994. The world-class golfers of the time, such as Greg Norman, Colin Montgomery and the legendary Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros, made the tournament a spectator magnet.
Last October we didn't come anywhere near the results of our golfing idols, but after a wonderful day of golf we felt as privileged as they must have felt years ago, enjoying small delicacies on the terrace.
Golf Country Club Cannes-Mougins
1175 avenue du Golf
Booking: +33 (0)4 93 75 79 13
18 holes - Par 72
Lengths from the various tees:
6,211 m white Slope 145
5,834 m yellow Slope 140
5,371 m blue Slope 139
4,972 m red Slope 134
Driving range, putting and chipping greens.
Carts with and without electric drive and voiturettes are available for hire.
Clubhouse with well-maintained facilities, restaurant with beautiful terrace and a proshop.
Green fee for 18 holes: 135€.
The course is open all year.