You’ve been thinking about it for quite some time: GOLF. Do you, can you, swing a club and hit a tiny ball across a big lawn? You won’t know till you try. Signing up for a lesson is the best way to learn how to play golf. It’s not a sport you can naturally pick up, and the last thing you want is to adapt bad habits that are difficult to undo. So find yourself a good golf coach to teach you the important basics.
All golf courses have coaches you can hire by the half hour, or you can sign up for a stage (workshop) to learn how to swing, approach and putt. You should know that you will have to invest time and money for several lessons in order to pass a test to get your “green card.” This permit allows you to play on a golf course.
Ready to start? Here’s a list of public golf courses in and around Paris where you can hit the green while the weather is great!
Public Golf Courses in and Around Paris
A driving range and putting field in the heart of Paris. A bucket of balls costs more here than at other ranges, but you save time practicing near the city. Le Golf du Bois de Boulogne is open every day of the year except on Christmas and New Year’s Day, as well as the last three weeks in June.
- A bucket of 28 balls costs 4€.
- A half hour of short game and putting on the greens costs 5€ and includes balls given out at the reception desk
- Golf school is available for adults and children
Hippodrome de Longchamp
61, Route des Tribunes 75016 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 30 70 00
Open everyday from 8am to 8pm
Situated 15 minutes by car southwest of Paris in the commune of Vaucresson (Hauts-de-Seine), this public golf course is open all year round. Golfers can play on a 9-hole course as well as 18-holes (par 32). It is the best deal for all day practice and putting and costs 10€ on weekdays, or 15€ on the weekends to hit as many balls as you want all day. Make the most of it by lunching in the clubhouse; and as you get better, play the 9-hole course.
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129, Avenue de la Celle-Saint-Cloud 92420 Vaucresson
Tel: +33 (0)1 47 01 15 04
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A family-friendly golf range just west of Paris, which offers lessons or initiation classes to adults and children. You can rent clubs, practice, putt and try their short 9-hole course to work on your short game.
- Golf school with courses, club rental, 9-hole golf course, practice range for 84 golfers, of which 50 are lighted, putting green and short game range
Boulevard de Jardy 92420 Vaucresson
Tel: +33(0)1 47 01 35 80
This 9-hole (2180 yard) par 32 course was designed for training. The narrow fairways require correct play, and are ideal for the progression to the 18-hole courses. The Golf National Golf School Professionals will coach you on the Oiselet course to introduce you to the game or to improve the errors that may “creep” in. It even helps experienced players who need to correct small deviations. There is a practice range and a great clubhouse. And if you reserve a tee-off at midday, you can play at a special rate.
- Practice: 20 balls for 4€
- 9-hole training course
Oiselet Reception desk (Coaching and reservations for 9 holes)
2, avenue du golf 78286 Guyancourt
Tel: +33 (0)1 30 12 04 53
Golf course southwest of Paris, where you pay by buckets of balls to practice. They have a beautiful 18-hole golf course and clubhouse. And if you can’t get enough of the outdoors, it’s situated right next to the Vauhallan farm and farmhouse where you can pick your own fresh produce and by-products on your way home!
- Practice: 30 balls for 2€
Chemin de Viltain 78350 Jouy-en-Josas
Tel: +33 (0)1 30 97 25 25