GET INTO THE SWING ON A LEISURELY GOLFING GETAWAY…
Grasse / Cabris / Route Napoleon
Golf and relaxation go hand in hand in the Pays de Grasse. Its diverse golf courses and dreamy setting on the French Riviera between the mountains and the sea make it a superb golfing destination. Glorious sunshine all year long, superb panoramic views from the Bay of Cannes to the foothills of the Alps, enchanting Provençal landscapes, Gallo-Roman ruins, fairways traversing ancient oak forests – every course is overflowing with unique appeal.
Experience exceptional golf courses where you can swing at any level, hone your skill, relax your mind, and make memories to last a lifetime.
1 : PLAY GOLF IN THE CITY OF PERFUMES AT THE SAINT DONAT GOLF COURSE
2 : TAKE A FRAGRANT BREAK IN GRASSE
3 : STROLL THROUGH THE NARROW LANES OF CABRIS
4 : RELAX IN NATURE’S PEACE AND QUIET AT THE CLAUX AMIC GOLF COURSE
5 : STAY LONGER IN OUR VILLAGES
6 : GET AWAY TO EXTRAORDINARY BEAUTY, LUXURY, AND SERENITY IN THE HIGH COUNTRY
7 : TRY YOUR SWING AT 3,300 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL
#Day 1 : Grasse – Saint-Donat golf course
Highlight #1 :
GOLFING IN THE CITY OF PERFUMES
Saint Donat golf course
Come discover this authentic estate steeped in history and centrally located in the French Riviera hills. Drawn by the hand of famed and talented architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., this superb 18-hole, par-71 course of nearly 6,600 yards will enchant you with its diverse layout and wooded landscapes. Hone your game surrounded by hills carpeted in olive trees, orange trees, and pines. Everything here serves as a reminder that Grasse is part of Provence. The Saint Donat golf course has a 24-station driving range, a compact 9-hole course, and three putting greens for practice.
Highlight #2 :
"Grasse, City of Art & History"
Fancy a change of pace after your round of golf?
Then come discover Grasse, a treasure trove of history and poetry, one of France’s Cities of Art and History. Begin your exploration of the city with a superb view from the Cours Honoré Cresp, the city’s main plaza that overlooks the landscape all the way to the Mediterranean, from the blue waters of the Bay of Cannes to the red hills of the Estérel.
Now it’s time to enter the streets and alleys of the historic city center and discover its secrets and charm. Artist studios, warm Provençal colors, whiffs of perfumes escaping from shop interiors at every corner – your senses will be entranced. During your stroll, choose a terrace where you can enjoy the ambiance of the South of France while you quench your thirst. Then walk over to the hôtel de ville (city hall) and the Notre-Dame-du-Puy Cathedral, which houses many works of art, some that are listed historic monuments. A few yards further on, you’ll enter a magnificent, shady square with lovely vistas of the Grasse countryside and the Mediterranean.
Grasse has certainly earned its reputation as the City of Perfume. A visit of any length here means you learn the fabulous history of fragrance-making. The International Perfume Museum (MIP) – a Musée de France recognized by France’s Ministry of Culture as one of the nation’s essential institutions – is indeed a must. The interactive displays explore every facet of perfumery, from antiquity to today. The museum takes you on a thrilling voyage across the human history of fragrance, showcasing exquisite objects that will take your senses back in time.
And if you still have a few hours, go one step further into the world of scent by creating your own fragrance in a workshop with family or friends. We recommended reserving in advance for this exciting, hands-on lesson in all the intricacies of perfume creation.
Our recommendation for a restful visit: Spend the night in the Pays de Grasse
The Pays de Grasse has a wide variety of accommodations, from five-star luxury hotels to family inns, as well as charmingly poetic bed & breakfasts and one-of-a-kind lodgings that guarantee an unforgettable experience. Ask our team for guidance on planning your stay using our LiveChat feature.
#Day 2 : Grasse – Cabris
Highlight #3 :
RELAX IN NATURE’S PEACE AND QUIET
"Claux-Amic golf course"
In a location that embraces forest, sea, and mountains all at once, this 18-hole, par-72 golf course offers you a distance of 6,424 yards in complete harmony with nature. The fairways traverse a forest of oak and pine with clearings providing breathtaking views of the Bay of Cannes and the red hills of the Estérel. Hole #3 features a majestic panoramic coastal view, with the Lérins Islands as a backdrop. The hilly, wooded terrain is essential to the playing experience on this course where you must make considered choices and strike the right balance between length and precision.
Highlight #4 :
STROLL THROUGH THE NARROW LANES OF CABRIS
Just ten minutes from Grasse and five minutes from the Claux-Amic golf course, this small Provençal village is one of the true jewels of the Pays de Grasse. From the castle ruins to the scenic viewpoint, Cabris is worth the trip! You’ll be delighted to amble along its narrow, stair-stepped streets lined with old houses built in gray stone, with colorful facades and friendly gardens holding everything from cactus to fragrant lavender, proud cypresses to palms. Though you can easily get lost, it’s just as easy to get your bearings again and you’ll have fun while you’re at it! Sometimes you even pass beneath small stone bridges, adding that much more charm to the village. As you explore the lanes of Cabris, you are also treading in the footsteps of great names in French literature: Albert Camus, André Gide, Simone de Beauvoir, even Jean-Paul Sartre. Many famous 20th-century writers have trod these streets, but the name Antoine de Saint-Exupéry comes up most often, as his mother lived here until 1972, her house marked with a small plaque.
Lastly, here and there are little shops where craftspeople sell their wares: handcrafted olive wood objects, stained glass windows, ceramics, tablecloths with Provencal patterns, little santon figures from Provence, and even crests bearing the effigy that’s on the Cabris coat of arms, a silver goat against a background of azure blue.
Tip from the pro:
Make the most of your evening in Cabris and dine here. The village is well-known for its many excellent restaurants. Some have superb panoramic views over the entire Grasse/Cannes region, all the way to the coast.
With the hills behind you and the sea before you, take time to breathe and appreciate the moment.
#Day 3: Route Napoleon
Highlight #5 :
STAY LONGER IN OUR VILLAGES IN THE HIGH COUNTRY
Cabris – Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey – Valderoure
After two days on the greens, we invite you to relax in the villages of our high country. The Pays de Grasse boasts a grand legacy of old stone architecture, chapels, mills, medieval ruins, and natural treasures, including a truly spectacular, well-marked trail network for unforgettable hikes and walks.
Start your day of exploring in Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey, a pleasant stop along the legendary Route Napoleon. Should you feel like deepening your experience, how about plunging underground in the cave of the La Grotte de Baume Obscure, an unrivaled realm of wonder and imagination, a spectacle of underground riches, mineral fantasies, and the slow sculpting born of water and limestone. You’ll travel a picturesque path along 2,300 feet of sensory adventure. A true change of pace!
Tip from the pro:
The treasures to be found in the Pays de Grasse may surprise you: It’s a land that cultivates the taste for authenticity, the pleasure of helping others discover, the joys of learning or sharing savoir-faire. Make time during your getaway to visit a farm and sample farmhouse cheeses crafted with raw milk from goats, sheep, or cows, or visit an apiary to taste outstanding honeys. Most of our producers practice sustainable agriculture. Trust their expertise: Your taste buds will thank you and you’ll be contributing to the local economy!
Highlight #6 :
GET AWAY TO EXTRAORDINARY BEAUTY, LUXURY, AND SERENITY
Château de Taulane
After your road trip on the majestic Route Napoleon, with countless splendid views of the coast and the Estérel mountains, it’s time to take a break. At 3,300 feet in altitude, amid 840 acres of natural wonders, enter the sumptuous setting of the Domaine de Taulane for an experience of unparalleled well-being. The site is truly sublime!
It’s a property designed for relaxation, with an indoor swimming pool, sauna, hammam, and jacuzzi. Soothe your body in these therapeutic waters before you nourish it further with a healthy break at the chateau restaurant. There, you’ll gaze upon exceptional views of the golf course, the mountains, and the pine forests. Satisfy body and soul while stimulating your taste buds!
Highlight #7 :
TRY YOUR SWING AT 3,300 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL
Valderoure – Séranon – La Martre
It is in this sumptuous setting, where the air is rare, that you will stride across the greens. The Château de Taulane course, a par-72 of 6,756 yards, was designed by the legendary Gary Player. An almost otherworldly golf property, considered one of the best on the planet, where absolute calm reigns supreme. Truly picture-postcard beautiful!
Now it’s time to grab your clubs and experience this serene splendor first-hand. The “Black Knight” [Gary Player’s nickname – Ed.] clearly enjoyed every moment he planned it! At every hole, the Château de Taulane will dazzle you. This magnificently maintained course is more sumptuous than difficult, making the most of the site’s natural geography: hills and valleys, dense woods, greens adorned with seven ponds.
After 18 holes, you will no doubt have only one thing in mind: coming back to the Château de Taulane as soon as possible.
The Pays de Grasse is a first-rate golf destination with everything you could want for an exceptional experience, a unique combination of golfing and lifestyle that changes with the seasons. Explore the region’s varied golf courses, along with the 35 golf courses in southeastern France, with the Provence Côte d’Azur Golf Pass.