For those for whom golf is the only game in town you will find that Maison Pasteur is conveniently located for several golf courses within a 20/30 minute drive.
You may wish to warm up with an opening 9 holes (par 35) at Lamalou-les-Bains and follow that up with 18 holes on the famous courses at Cap d’Agde or at St.Thomas Golf Club on the Rue de Pezenas at Bezieres.
Golf de Lamalou-les-Bains is 38 km from the centre of Beziers and about 30 km from Maureilhan on the Route d’Herepian – 34240 Lamalou-les-Bains (Tel from the UK 00 33 (0)4 67 95 15 15 ). From Beziers follow the signs for Bedarieux, then Lamalou-les-Bains, then follow signposts to the golf.
Open 7 days a week you can buy daily, weekly or monthly passes and you do not require a handicap. The fees are reasonable by west European standards and include the use of a buggy!
The 9 hole, par 35 course is 2,600 metres in total and was built in 1993 by the architect J P Foures. There are no hills, water is moderate and the course type is flat within a spectacular valley setting.
Lamalou is 200m above sea level with the Cevennes mountains to the north and the deep blue Mediterranean to the south. It is surrounded by beautiful rivers, lakes abd mountains and possesses considerable charm.
Enjoying a very gentle, typically Mediterranean climate, Lamalou is quiet and peaceful. Other sports include, tennis, swimming, walking and the casino! To relax try the spa for which the town is noted.
Golf Du Cap d’Agde
With magnificent views of the Mediterranean the course will be found at 4 Ave des Alizes, 34300 Cap d’Agde (Tel 00 33 (0)4 67 26 54 40 and fax 00 33 (0)4 67 26 97 00). Golf Du Cap d’Agde opened in 1989 and is a large, 6160m par 72, very varied championship course, hilly, with natural water hazards it has been designed by the world famous architect, Ronald Fream. It has some long par 5 greens jealously protected by bunkers that you won’t forget in a hurry.
There is a modern clubhouse and restaurant and a well-equipped Pro-Shop all of which have been recently renovated. The course is open 7 days a week and you do not need a handicap. Fees are about 50 Euros including the use of a buggy!
The international course starts with a limbering up par 4 with a raised green, leading to the 2nd par 5 where the trouble starts if you are too ambitious! Holes 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 bring you back onto the flat with a lot of bunkers, water features, obstacles and ‘out of bounds’. The 8th, par 5, is the most difficult, combining water and sand before coming to a very hard, narrow green. The 9th, par 4, leads back to the clubhouse via a pond, three bunkers and a raised green!
After the 10th, a par 4 with a dogleg on the right, the 11th is a long par 3 of 190 metres and the 12th, par 4 may trip you up if you are not careful! The same applies to the 13th, a small par 3. The 15th, par 5, is the longest of all and, for some, will be the most difficult as many, impressed by the distance (555m of white and 529 of yellow)go for the kill and their strokes fall short! The 16th, a par 4, gives little respite while the 17th, a 455m, yellow par 5 prepares you for the 18th, handicap 2, a 357 metre, yellow par 4 which is quite a challenge!
St Thomas Golf Club – Beziers
Located on the north-eastern outskirts of Beziers (RN113) on the Route de Pezenas,
F-34500 you will find the St. Thomas Golf Club (tel 00 33 (0)4 67 98 62 01 and fax on 00 33 (0)4 67 98 61 01).
This is an 18 hole, 6130m, par 72 golf course set in a very attractive area of vineyards. It is undulating with some water hazards and is exceptionally well maintained and a pleasure to play.
It is open 7 days a week and costs about 50 Euros including the use of a buggy. You do not need a handicap to play on this course.