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Plein Vol No.32


B irdie, Eagle, Air Shot, flight Golfing language reveals a decidedly air- bound sport! As in aeronautics,

self-control and precision of movement make all the difference. Both great qualities which have been the making of legends such as Tiger Woods, an icon in the golfing world. He and some of the most talented golf players around gathered at the Golf National at Guyancourt (Yvelines, France) from 25 to 30 September for the traditional Ryder Cup, a US vs. Europe tournament which saw the European team victorious this year.

The Golf National, a jewel in the French golfing crown, is therefore our starting point. Three magnificent 18-hole courses interweave and test the nerves of even the most experienced golfers. You may fly over the Golf National when landing at the nearby Toussus-le-Noble airport. It s the perfect chance to appreciate from up above the magnificent lines of its fairways.


Take a big swing and you re off westward bound. In the heart of the Loire valley, the Golf de Touraine extends its time-weathered greens in a natural setting of woods and ponds, sculpted with passion since 1973. Did the kings of France play golf on their impeccable lawns well before the Scottish founders of the sport? History does not say.


A few hours flight later, your wrists well prepared after the rounds at Touraine, don your spikes at the Golf de Royan (Charentes, France) and enjoy its charming course among the dunes

and pines, bathed in the coastal sunlight of this beautiful region. The ocean climate will give you wings so expect birdie after birdie (for those not in the know, birdie means a score of 1-under par on any individual golf hole. Par is the expected number of strokes it should take an expert golfer to complete a hole)!


The Pilat sand dune appears on the horizon. Arcachon Bay, preserved from the Atlantic s waves, extends its mirror of water below your wings. You land in Andernos-les-Bains (Gironde, France) and take the boat across to the Golf International d Arcachon. Make the most of the seaside resort s micro-climate to finetune your putt and top up your tan. When leaving - having eaten your fill of the region s oysters - don t miss the chance to fly over Malprat, a small island where wild ducks pass and fish farming once flourished.


A little further south along the Nouvelle Aquitaine coast in Seignosse (Landes, France), you will find the only par-six in France. A hole opportunely named 666, the exact distance in metres from start to finish flag! Enjoy this opportunity to (re)discover the Basque country, its lifestyle and authentic interior. n  Pierre Marilly

RESTAURANT L AVIATION () Simple French cuisine and an old-fashioned bistro just how we like them Rue Hélène Boucher, 78960 Voisins-le-Bretonneux (France) Tel.: +33 (0)1 30 43 74 41 RESTAURANT DU GOLF DE ROYAN () Voted Meilleure Table de Golf 2015 by Golf Magazine 7, avenue de la Palmyre, 17420 Saint-Palais-sur-Mer (France) Tel.: +33 (0)5 46 23 40 80 HÔTEL-RESTAURANT VILLA DE L ETANG BLANC () Architecture typical of the Landes region, refined gourmet cuisine opposite the lake. A haven of peace. D432 | 2265 Route de L'Etang Blanc, 40510 Seignosse (France) Tel.: +33 (0)5 58 72 80 15

Practice your swing and prepare your nines! With the Ryder Cup held in France this year, we couldn t let the opportunity pass to take you to some of the most beautiful golfing greens on the French west coast. When golf and aviation get together, things swing into action!

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CONTACTS FRANCE TOUSSUS-LE-NOBLE AERODROME (LFPN) JET A-1, AVGAS 100LL 78117 Toussus-le-Noble Tel.: +33 (0)1 39 56 34 75 AMBOISE-DIERRE AERODROME (LFEF) AVGAS 100LL 4 route de l aérodrome, 37150 Dierre Tel.: +33 (0)2 47 57 93 91 ROYAN-MEDIS AIRPORT (LFCY) JET A-1, AVGAS 100LL Rue Joseph De Lelee, 17600 Médis Tel.: +33 (0)5 46 05 08 22 ANDERNOS-LES-BAINS AIRPORT (LFCD) AVGAS 100LL Allée du Commandant René Mouchotte, 33510 Andernos-les-Bains Tel.: +33 (0)5 56 82 18 77 MIMIZAN AIRPORT (LFCZ) AVGAS 100LL Quartier Capas, Route d'Escource, 40200 Mimizan Tel.: +33 (0)5 58 09 10 00

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