The Cannes Mougins Golf Country Club
20 February 2020
The Cannes-Mougins golf club is situated on the eastern side of Mougins, off the main road to Antibes, and its bounded to the north-east by part of Sophia Antipolis. It is an 18 hole, 6312m, par 72 course designed in 1977 by the British duo of Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas, who have been responsible for over 50 courses together. However the course in its original form dates back to 1923 when a group of distinguished people including the Aga Khan, Prince Pierre of Monaco and Baron Edouard de Rothschild discovered a superb valley perfectly adapted to building a golf course. Overhanging this valley, there was an olive oil mill built in the 17th century to which a roman aqueduct brought water. Some aqueduct arches still exist at the entrance to the club house. For many years the course was the haunt of the English High Society whose golfers loved the “Côte d’Azur” environment where they would spend several months a year. In the course of the 19 80s, Cannes-Mougins was the only private golf course on the French Riviera. Between 1980 and 1994, it was also the stage for the prestigious Cannes Open, an important event of the European Tour, whose winners included such legendary names as Jean Garaialde, Greg Norman, Severiano Ballesteros, and Ian Woosnam.
The Cannes-Mougins course, some twenty minutes drive away from Nice airport, nestles in the heart of the Valmasque forest, and is crossed by the Bouillide River, creating a course which is technically quite demanding but of outstanding natural beauty. It is a private club of which its members are also shareholders. There is the possibility for non-members to play if they are members of another golf club, and a round costs 150€. Other facilities at Cannes-Mougins include an attractive club house developed out of ancient buildings that pre-date the course. You can enjoy an excellent meal in the restaurant whose windows offer a splendid view over the fairways to the distant French Alps, snow-covered in winter.
While there are no properties located within the confines of the course there are numerous houses and villas for sale within walking distance, particularly in the Domaine de la Peyrière where a small house can be bought from upwards of 700,000€. To find larger properties consider accepting a short commute to the course from luxury real estate in Nice, France.
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