golf country club de cannes-mougins - 15 POINTS
Cannes-Mougins is one of the Grande Dames of the Cote d'Azure golf scene. It was built in the 1920s and had a makeover from none other than Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas in the 1970s. The course acquired a European reputation in the 1980s and 1990s when it hosted the Cannes Open, a stalwart for many years on the European Tour.
The whole place has the feeling of an 'establishment' golf course - the clubhouse wouldn't be out of place in the English home counties. The practice green is pleasant although there's not much of a range. This isn't resort golf by any means. We have always received a warm welcome, and on the day the club secretary came hurrying over to the first tee to tell one of our group to tuck in his shirt he did it in a very polite way!
This is a perfectly pleasant golf course. It has probably been overtaken in recent years by technology and wouldn't be long enough these days to host a professional event - it's 6,900 from the back tees and the members' tees are just under 6,500. It is classic parkland golf and while it looks fairly tight in the trees it's fairly generous off the tees. Many of the holes are doglegs and the fairways often slope which continues when you get to the slick and undulating greens.
Since I last played here they have apparently done some work on the bunkers, you can read more here. I suspect that Cannes-Mougins will never again host a really top event though. There are better in the region and this feels like a course that belongs to a different age from the courses where the Tour visits now. Having said that, it's a course I would quite happily play again when in the area and is a strong 15.
BOOKING THE COURSE
This may be a members course but it's open to visitors 7 days a week all year round, although the course may be closer occasionally in the winter. The green fee is €120 Monday to Friday and €150 at weekends and Bank Holidays. You can fill out a form on their website or give them a call to secure a time.
If you are planning a trip it may also be worth checking out one of the tour operators such as yourgolftravel.com or golfbreaks.com as they do include Cannes-Mougins on their books and may be able to get a discount if you book as part of a package.
If you are playing golf on the Riviera then Cannes is a good place to stay and the course is only 15 minutes from downtown Cannes. You could easily do 36 in a day with a round here and a round at Royal Mougins or Cannes Mandelieu - both within a 20 minute drive. Don't be tempted to stay in the Mougins area though - this millionaire row with high-fenced housing and nothing to walk to about the next huge mansion - and you will definitely need the satnav to find the course as it is all a bit of a maze around here.