If you’re anything like me when it come’s to golf and you struggle to break that elusive 100, the idea of taking lessons is something that appeals to you but you’ve never bothered with. On the rare occasion that the sun’s out and you have an afternoon of spare time, the last thing you want to do is have your swing pulled apart by an instructor – of course, you want to get straight down to the course with your mates and let the whoever looses buy the round afterward.
In the car home you’ll promise yourself, just like last time, that you’ll sign up for those lessons as soon as you get back. But it never happens. Besides, even if you did take those lessons, by the time you next played, your swing would have reverted back to it’s old habit of hitting 50 yard T-shot’s and shooting the ball in any direction other than where you want it to go. Right?
Well, how about booking a couple of days off work and heading down to the Dordogne region of France for a weekend holiday of unlimited golf and plenty of tuition to nurse your game back to full health. An hour or two of lessons in the morning followed by a relaxing round straight after to practice everything you’ve learned. Add to that that the sun will more than likely be shining AND at the majority of courses you can rent accommodation right next to the fairways and I think we’re on to a winner!
At the end of a long day on the course what could be better than to take a refreshing dip in the pool before heading out to take advantage of the many restaurants. From French haute-cuisine to a traditional crêpe, you’ll be spoilt for choice. For the best eateries, try to avoid the major hotspots and join the locals – the clue will be that the menu is only in French.
Once you’ve mastered your game and are thinking about giving Tiger a run for his money, the Dordogne has plenty to offer beyond the 18th green should you wish to take a break. There’s plenty of picturesque towns and villages to explore including:
A classic sleepy French town overlooked by castle ruins and surrounded by forest. There’s also a local market on Saturday mornings.
Recognized as the gateway to the Dordogne, it’s kept its historic atmosphere with its crumbling abbey and narrow streets. As a hub for the Dordogne and Lot regions there’s always plenty going on.
On the Dordogne river, Bergerac is one of the larger towns of the region.
And of course, don’t forget to visit the vineyards that produce the wine that the region is world famous for!