Le Club Golf

April 20, 2021

  • Dijon Bourgogne Country Club

  • Golf de Champagne

  • Golf des Vigiers

The Taste, The Golf and The Nectar

The golfer knows perfectly well: his pleasure comes not only from treading the fairways and making a few pars and birdies, but also from sharing his passion with friends over a drink and a good meal in the clubhouse.

Some golf courses have highlighted their quality of welcome and the excellence of their table and cellar. It is even said that some people go to these golf courses to satisfy their gastronomic expectations!

LeClub Golf and Golf Planète invite you today to (re)discover four of them whose table is worth the diversions. Nothing surprising: these golf courses are located in wine regions such as Alsace, Burgundy, Champagne and Bordeaux.

Kempferhof: a Von Hagge course, gourmet dining and luxury surroundings

Let’s start with the Golf du Kempferhof, a magnificent golf destination, as much for its course as for its excellent table known by all the gastronomes in Alsace.

Maxime Duvernet, communications manager, tells us about it:

The Kempferhof golf course is first and foremost a large international course…

Yes, it is. Created in 1990 by the renowned architect Robert Van Hagge, the Kempferhof golf course is a technical and varied course, between water obstacles and forests. Located on the banks of the Rhine, it has regained the lustre and quality that had placed it among the 10 most beautiful golf courses in France following its purchase in 2016 by the Bindschedler family, who have since maintained it throughout the year as a championship course. With major renovations to the hotel, the creation of a Spa, a major expansion project for the current course, a large practice area and an “Executive” course, the Kempferhof Golf Resort has the ambition to become a European reference by 2024!
Just a stone’s throw from Strasbourg, the vineyards and the border with Germany, the Kempferhof covers 85 hectares of unspoilt nature offering a peaceful setting for a stay in the heart of the Alsace region. The 18th century aristocratic residence now houses a boutique hotel with 16 superior rooms, combining both tradition and modernity.

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What are the wines to discover around your golf course?

Just a few kilometres from this wonderful estate, you will also find the mythical “Alsace Wine Route”. Lined with typical and colourful villages and medieval castles, it seduces by its incomparable beauty. A true cradle of 7 grape varieties and unmissable Grands Crus, it will awaken all the senses of our visitors.

What is the spirit of your menu and your restaurant?

The Kempferhof Restaurant offers generous and authentic cuisine prepared by the chefs, Thibaut Fisher and Emmanuel Willer. All dishes are home-made with passion, using regional produce from local market gardeners. An outdoor terrace with an unobstructed view of the golf course to discover in fine weather. The restaurant team, orchestrated by Bérénice Etiemble, our restaurant manager, is pleased to welcome you every day from 11:30 am to 9 pm.

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You have also opened a flower shop and a grocery shop…

Exactly. Nestled in the heart of a majestic setting, in an atypical location, the new Closerie des fleurs welcomes you personally by appointment since this year. Orchestrated by Bruno, our professional florist-decorator, the Closerie is a workshop specialising in floral decoration with the aim of bringing flowers to all of life’s events!

As for the Epicerie du Kempferhof, it offers excellent grocery products for all your gastronomic ideas and everyday meals! Opened on 29 March, the “Epicerie du Kempferhof” has selected a whole range of exceptional and everyday products from suppliers committed to quality! You will find everything you need: dishes concocted by our Chefs from local, fresh and seasonal products, hot and cold drinks including draught beer, a space dedicated to the products of Christophe Felder, an internationally renowned French pastry chef, a rotisserie with the possibility of ordering in advance and other surprises await you!

Your favourite food?

A beautiful roasted chick from the Koerckel farm (Bas-Rhin), accompanied by ratte potatoes, small vegetables and garlic cooking juice.

Your favourite wine?

Pinot noir Burlenberg High Density ” La Colline Brûlée ” from Domaine Marcel Deiss.

The golf competition or the event you are organising on the theme of wine, golf and gastronomy?

The Coupe des Vendanges that we organised last October with tasting on the course!

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Country Club Norges Golf Dijon Bourgogne : land of wine and golf

Direction Burgundy where the affable Denis Liebe welcomes us in his Country Club Norges Golf Dijon Bourgogne which he manages with competence and smile. The numerous awards that have been granted to this golf course testify to the indisputable interest of this sporting stopover in the heart of the wine country. 

But first, where is your golf course in Burgundy?

Our country club is located ten minutes from the Burgundy wine route, which produces some of the world’s best white wines and the famous Côte de Nuit Grand Cru reds. Our 18-hole golf course is in the heart of the Norges forest, in the middle of nature and is part of the golf for biodiversity programme. You will also find other family activities such as tennis, petanque, pilates, padel, badminton, not forgetting the terrace restaurant, the swimming pool and the “GolfPlus Dijon” fitting centre. After your 18 holes, come and meet us at the practice range….. to taste our best cocktails in our bar. Also noteworthy is the construction of a dozen chalets with private terraces and jacuzzis around our 18th hole as of spring 2022, as well as a tree-top adventure park.

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What are the wines to discover around your golf course?

In white, we recommend a Meursault from Coche-Dury, a Batard Montchrachet from Domaine de la Vougeraie, and in red, a Romanée Conti, a Clos des Lambays Grand Cru or a Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru from Domaine Méo Camuset.

What is the spirit of your menu and your restaurant?

Our restaurant has just been refurbished with the arrival of one of the best chefs in our region. Our menu is simple with fresh seasonal products. In the summer we serve our dishes on the terrace with a barbecue and a rotisserie. In winter around the fire with traditional family dishes. On Sunday mornings, we offer brunch.
Golf is above all an art of living where conviviality, gastronomy and nature come together.

Her favourite dish: Scallop Risotto

Her favourite wine: a Clos Saint Jacques from Domaine Armand Rousseau

The golf competition organised on the theme of wine and gastronomy: for the past 23 years we have been organising the Trophée des Grands Crus every year in September. The 3-day programme includes wine tasting on the course, lunch in the Burgundy village, numerous events and blind tastings, a gala dinner and the prize-giving ceremony at the Grand Hôtel La Cloche with over 100 magnums to be won.

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Golf de Champagne: with the partnership of the great producers!

A Golf and Wine article could not but stop by the Champagne region! And so by the Champagne golf course created in 1987 by Jacques Piquer and designed by Jean-Claude Cornillot (Arras, Hardelot…). Still a family property, the golf course is now managed by the founder’s daughter, Camille, who talked to us about golf and champagne:

“Our golf course is set in 70 hectares of valleys and plains, meandered by streams and bordered by oak, ash and pine woods. As nature has offered us such a beautiful site, we have respected it so that the pleasure of the game is also a pleasure for the eyes. The course is technical, not very long with small greens, sometimes difficult to catch…
Conviviality is the key word of our club. We will welcome you with open arms and a glass of champagne in hand!

Of course, our relationship with Champagne wine is essential and strong. The biggest brands such as Moet et Chandon, Deutz, Roederer, Billecart Salmon (the world’s best rosé!…) and many others are our partners and organise their competitions here every year. But we will also soon sign an agreement with the Syndicat des Vignerons Indépendants to help small producers.

All his names can be found on the menu of our restaurant as well as at the award ceremony of our competitions!

As for our ProAm, always organized on the first Tuesday of July, it is supported by our local partners: Champagne Deutz, Champagne Roederer, Champagne Remy Collard, Champagne Charles Ellner, Champagne Vollereaux… Also worth mentioning are the specialities of the region: Les Moutardes Clovis from the Maison Charbonneau Brabant, the Pomme Rémoise and the Biscuiterie de Reims…

As for our table, it is known to be simple, traditional and copious! I invite you to come and taste our rabbit terrine, calf’s head gribiche or the entrecote with home-made chips! We open every day at noon for lunch and serve very late!… “.

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Golf des Vigiers : golf, luxury and gastronomy at a good price

Now let’s go further south, near Saint-Émilion, to the admirable Domaine des Vigiers where golf, luxury and gastronomy are combined at reasonable prices.
Marion tells us about it in detail:

At the Château des Vigiers golf course, you will discover a unique golfing variety in Aquitaine with three 9-hole courses in specific environments (Vines/Lake and Valley): 27 holes of international class that meet all the expectations of the experienced golfer or the beginner eager to discover this outdoor sport. And all this in a friendly atmosphere.
Our hotel, located in a superb green setting between the Périgord, Gironde and Lot-et-Garonne, meets ecological standards of sustainable development! Modern and spacious rooms have a panoramic view of our golf courses: an ideal base for discovering the Dordogne, enjoying a family holiday or playing golf in complete serenity!

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Golf Stay at the Chateau

What are the wines to discover around your golf course?

We have many domains to make discover to our travellers! Belonging to the Purple Perigord, there are many treasures to discover, notably the wines of Bergerac and its famous sweet wines such as Monbazillac or Saussignac. Our geographical position means that we border on the Gironde and its beautiful estates (30min from Saint-Emilion) and the Lot-Et-Garonne with the Duras vineyards. A wide range of choices in terms of wine tasting for the greatest pleasure of people discovering our domain.

What is the spirit of your menu and your restaurant?

We offer two gastronomic atmospheres:

The Bistrot des Vigiers, which underwent a facelift in 2020 with a warm, art deco look while preserving the architecture of the old wine storehouse, giving way to gourmet, traditional Périgord cuisine.

The Michelin-starred restaurant “Les Fresques” offers refined dishes and flavours based on local and seasonal products, all orchestrated by chef Didier Casaguana and his brigade!

What’s new in the leisure and spa offer?

Yes, since 2018 we have invested in a total renovation of our Spa to provide a complete and adapted offer to our customers. We now work with the French brand Sothys, which is renowned worldwide for its top-of-the-range products, which can be discovered through various treatments carried out in one of our three cabins. New facilities complete the offer: hydrotherapy pool, jacuzzi, sauna, hammam and indoor pool… A real moment of softness in a relaxing oasis.

At Golf des Vigiers, the art of living in the south-west takes on its full meaning.

Her favourite dish: Roast duck breast with raspberry and black pepper juice, a typical dish of the region that cannot be ignored!

Favourite wine: We are fortunate to have our own vineyard surrounding the estate. The dry white wine “Les Vigiers” made from Sauvignon & Semillon grapes is a real treat.
The golf competition organised on the theme of wine: The Trophée des Grands Crus Classés de Saint Emilion, a Pro Am which normally takes place every year in June. A competition which combines conviviality and discovery of our soil through exceptional wines and local dishes, the whole gathered during the gala dinner organized in a partner domain of the Grands Crus classés of Saint Emilion. A great moment where the Vigiers’ faithful meet every year! 

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© Jean Lagarde