Golfing in the Loire and excellent French food

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During the Eighties, a huge number of golf courses were built in France. But the absence of a high-profile, home-grown champion – along with an enduring belief among many French people that golf is a rich man’s game – has resulted in the locals staying away in droves.

This is excellent news for British players who can be sure of empty fairways and affordable green fees within easy reach of the Channel ports.

Rolling off the Portsmouth-Caen ferry shortly after dawn, we headed south to the Sable-Solesmes Golf Club in the Loire, arriving in time for lunch.

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