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All about Deux-Sèvres (79) & Vendée (85)

More rural than its neighbours, Deux-Sèvres has much to offer individuals seeking a quieter life. Without a doubt, the Marais Poitevin is the département's jewel in the crown but there are plenty of other gems to be found if you know where to look.

To find out more about the Deux-Sèvres, read our visitor's guide here.

The Vendée département stretches along the Atlantic coast with 140km of glorious beaches and is home to the Vendée Globe round the world yacht race. Inland, Puy du Fou, the world renowned theme park, draws the crowds. Pine forests, bocages (wooded hills) and marais (marshes) can all be found in the Vendée and were the sites of many battles in Vendées turbulant history.

 

Château style - enjoy golf at Petit Chêne

Château style - enjoy golf at Petit Chêne

The Golf du Petit Chêne enjoys an enviable, secluded setting among lakes and woods – the beautifully-landscaped parkland of a gracious château which can trace its history back to the 13th Century. Just 3km from the village of Mazières-en-Gatine, between Parthenay and Niort, it’s conveniently located for golfers in Deux-Sèvres... 

The Course

The 18-hole woodland/hillside course (6021m, with a Par of 72) is set among 63ha, in a landscape shaped by lakes and ancient forests. Although no handicap is required, experienced players will nevertheless find some challenging but well-maintained holes to entertain them and help raise their game. 

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 Golf Lessons

The Premium Golf Initiation is a 2-hour package with a group lesson plus equipment loan for just 20€. Novices signing-up for the Ecole de Golf de Mazières-en-Gâtine have a dedicated teaching/practice area in the shape of a 400m 6-hole pitch & putt course. New golfers are encouraged to make as many rounds here as they can pack into a day (except in rare busy periods). 

Also on site

There’s a 30-tee driving range (12 of them covered), pitch & putt course, plus a practice bunker and chipping green. You’ll also find a club/bar, pro-shop, changing-rooms, buggy and motor-trolley hire, etc. And if you wish to stay overnight there are three comfortable rooms and two suites in the welcoming ambiance of the château itself (whose restored Salle Louis XVI and panoramic terrace in particular are something to behold).

Overall

If you’re located on the Vendée side of Deux-Sèvres, or value the opportunity to combine your golf with a sense of history, the Golf du Petit Chêne might just fit the bill very nicely.

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Find out more...

Golf du Petit Chêne, 79310 Mazières-en-Gâtine,
Tél. +33 (0) 5 49 63 20 95
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