Regular readers of a certain age will know that around this time of year I go off on a 4-5 day golfing trip wth some old school friends from the UK.
We travel all over Europe to find decent courses and, in France, we have played some crackers like Chantilly, Paris International and Royal Medoc.
This year we are popping across the border into Spain and will be sampling the delights of San Sebastian among others.
The point of the post though is to highlight what a superb course and practice facilities I have here in Cognac. I haven't played since our last tournament and thought I'd better dust off the cobwebs (literally and figuratively) and get in some training.
Cognac golf club is a championship, 18 hole, course of 6,125 metres from the back tees. It's always well kept and the holes meander through the vines giving some lovely views down into the river valley. The par five 9th is my favourite hole - 484 metres all downhill and eminently reachable in two. The great thing is that the hole funnels down, getting narrower and narrower, with a huge lake protecting the green and out of bounds tight to the left. It's a potential card killer for those (like me) who think golf is about the glory not protecting your score-card!
The attractive clubhouse has an excellent restaurant (same team that runs the Chateau de l'Yeuse restaurant) with terrace overlooking the par three 18th. The pro-shop is well stocked with knowledgeable staff.
The practice facilities are first class with four holes, a large, bunkered, green and two driving ranges (one covered area with mats and one uncovered off the grass).
It's definitely worth visiting if you're in the area and if you'd like to buy a house on/close to the course then for the price of a 2 bed apartment on the Algarve you'd get a wonderful family home with pool!