FOUR SEASONS RESORT IN FRANCE PUTS PROVENCE ON THE MAP AS A GOLF DESTINATION
Lying at the heart of the Domaine de Terre Blanche, Four Seasons Resort, Provence at Terre Blanche features two 18-hole, par-72, championship golf courses offering some of the best year-round golfing in Europe. Designed by former professional golfer Dave Thomas, both courses enjoy sweeping views of the neighboring villages and Southern Alps and wind through spectacular pine- and oak-lined hills. Punctuated by a series of valleys, lakes and cascading ravines, particular attention has been paid to conserving the natural landscape. Sophisticated irrigation techniques ensure the quality of the playing terrain is maintained throughout the year, without putting a drain on local water supplies.
“It has been a pleasure to work on this project, as the expanse of land and dramatic scenery has allowed me to create one of the best golf experiences in Europe,” Dave Thomas said. “Throughout the design and construction process, we have endeavored to minimize tree removal and utilize and enhance the beautiful forest environment of the surrounding Tourrettes and Fayence Valley wherever possible.”
The two courses have been arranged in four loops of nine holes, all starting and finishing in close proximity to the Resort’s Golf Clubhouse. The first two loops comprise the Le Château course, challenging due to its length of 6,481 meters (7,088yards). The other loops form the 6,005 meter (6,567 yard) Le Riou course (opening in summer 2004), which dominates the upper valley and provides breathtaking views overlooking the Cantn de Fayence. Both courses provide a unique challenge, requiring a wide variety of shot-making skills, yet are playable to golfers of all levels.
Guests can also hone their skills at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, where instructors can assess technique using the latest high-tech video equipment. Further facilities include a covered driving range with 25 full-swing hitting bays and a short game area, where golfers can perfect their pitching, chipping and bunker play.
The Golf Clubhouse is an elegant, yet relaxing environment where golfers will be treated to the personalized and intuitive service characteristic of Four Seasons. The knowledgeable staff at the Pro Shop can arrange for equipment rentals and provide caddying service upon request. Following a round, golf shoes and clubs are cleaned, free of charge. The Clubhouse also has its own restaurant and private dining room, an elegant boutique and luxurious locker room facilities.
With a history spanning four decades and a portfolio that extends worldwide, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is the world’s leading operator of luxury hotels, currently managing 62 properties in 29 countries. Four Seasons Resort, Provence at Terre Blanche opened March 25, 2004 and Four Seasons continues to grow, with more than 20 projects under construction or development in choice locations around the world. Four Seasons continues to have more of its hotels designated as AAA Five Diamond properties than any other hotel company and it has the most Mobil Five Star awards in the industry. The company is also consistently highly ranked in readers’ surveys in publications such as Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Institutional Investor, Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, Gallivanter’s Guide and the Zagat Survey.
Information on the company and its 43 years of achievement in the hospitality industry can be accessed through the Four Seasons Web site at www.fourseasons.com For more information on the Four Seasons Resort Provence at Terre Blanche visit www.fourseasons.com/provence
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