REVIEW: DUNKERQUE BLUE GREEN

Only 40 mins from the port of Calais and if you’re in the North of France or indeed en-route to Belgium or the South this place is definitely worth a visit.

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Dunkerque Blue Green is operated by the Blue Green group which consists of 11 clubs across France, having played others in the group we knew we were in for a treat, the venues are always well maintained, catering for all varieties of weather, geared up for traveling groups and giving golfers of all handicaps an enjoyable yet challenging test. The Dunkerque club has 27 holes course, we decided on the main 18 course which offered a number of fantastic holes to wet our appetites for the weekend ahead of us.

You don’t need to jump straight on the first tee here, there are a multitude of practice facilities on which you can fine tune your game before heading out. The 20 bay undercover driving range is well kept with Pro’s on hand for lessons, a separate chipping and bunker area is also available and as well as a large putting green just before you head to the 1st Tee. The course isn’t short, so if you’re not keen on walking then don’t worry, we counted at least 20 buggies in the lock up with plenty already out on course.

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The first hole eases you in to the round, although a par five a wide open fairway allows you to attack from the tee box, the hole does narrow for the longer hitters but most should be comfortably on the green and next to the pin in three for a birdie to start your round.

As you will see from the pictures the course has some beautifully set greens, some sculpted to the shapes of the Ace of Spades, others surrounded by water with unforgiving steeps drops if your approach is wayward, other holes are simply made challenging by the natural undulations in the landscape that can carry the best of shots in to the rough.

There is a different decision to make on every hole, the architect has really thought hard about how to cater for high and low handicappers and long and short drivers. No matter which tee you are playing from there will be at least one challenge on every hole to make you think about your shot selection.


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We all hate the stuff but we also know that water features add to the enjoyment of playing a course, Dunkerque Blue Green has plenty to contend with, not always necessarily in play but enough to make you place that extra level of concentration on your next shot.

 

One of our favourite holes is the 15th, a 185 yard tiered fairway par 3. Water runs down the left hand side and around the back of the green to catch anything long or slightly pulled and a tiered fairway will stop and running shots from making it up to the green. If you are accurate off the tee then the green is welcoming without too much movement making another birdie possible.

The next hole is blind uphill tee shot, to a narrow fairway before a hitting into a small green with nothing but deep rough and sand to the right. The 17th is a fantastic hole, sitting at the top of the course you drive down in a valley, once again water is in play and sit beneath you on the right hand side, a confident and long driver will carry this, those that are not can play safe to the left. The par fiver narrows to the hole with fairway bunkers ensuring you plot your way carefully up to the plateaued green. You can be happy to make to just make par here.

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It’s not just the quality of the golf course that makes Dunkerque Blue Green a pleasurable place to be, the friendly atmosphere created by its staff and members and other travelling golfers make you feel at home from the moment you walk through the gates to the time you spend in clubhouse.

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