Les Dunes is the younger of the two courses at Hardelot and, although it’s set approximately one kilometre apart from the brilliant Tom Simpson designed Les Pins course, Les Dunes is by no means inferior.
Designed by the Belgian, Paul Rolin, Les Dunes opened for play in 1990 and it’s nestled on undulating terrain, hidden amongst the sand dunes of Mount Saint Frieux.
With a few blind drives and several doglegs, it helps if you know your way round the Dunes course and you’ll probably card a better score the second time of asking.
Hardelot is a popular venue and it’s especially loved by visiting Brits who pop across (or under) the Channel for a change of scenery, especially during the winter.
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I played Les Dunes right after Les Pins and La Mer. i had already played the course once two years ago, but back then it was all torn up and played as a par 67. The first next to the clubhouse is incredibly beautiful as you play an all uphill par 4 and you see the great downhill 18th on the other side of the water. The back to back par 5s 3rd and 4th are very beautiful but not too challenging holes, as I had only a 6 iron and a 7 iron left. I managed to miss the green however, but I holed my bunkershot for eagle on the fourth! On the back nine the course gets more feel of a dunes course,, because the front nine pretty much plays as a very undulating tree lined course. You can score really well around this course. You don't need your driver on most of the holes but if you hit it straight, you're in for a lot of birdie opportunities, The only letdown besides some weak holes wwas the condition of the greens. The greenkeepers certainly spend more time on Les Pins than on this course because they looked terrible and I doubt that they would make 5 on the stimp... If they had been good, I'd have given 4 stars but for now this is all I can give!
Previous review is spot on! The course is not even metioned in the Peugeot book.Don't always agree with them but that must mean something,surely!Too many elevation changes and quite many silly holes,especially on the back 9. Huge disappointment....Les Pins is way way better!!
After a warm welcome in the lovely club house, I must say that the views – beautiful- on 1 and 18th got me a little scared!! Was the course going to be as hilly all the way around?? Unfortunately for me it was and I just don’t like it too much, but that’s just me!! Back to the course and surroundings…Very lovely environment and course in pristine condition. Very good looking greens despite being a bit slow. But the course is quite unfair. You are never sure of getting a good lie after the most perfect of tee shots…Or rather, you are of having an non flat lie after your perfect tee shot! And that really bugs me. I just don’t understand how such a young course (barely 15 years) can be so old fashioned, with so many blind shots!! I love those tee shots at RCD or Old Prestwick but they seem out of place here, to say the least. I am sure it is easier to play there on your second visit. But will I want to play there a second time?? Those elevation changes are just tiring to me, and no fun at all! The last par 3 makes you hit a 160 meter shot to a raised green, no idea how high up the green is set but I think that’s just a silly hole! Yes the environment looks great, and yes the course was in good condition. But that just didn’t make it up for me! Will stick to “Les Pins” when playing in Hardelot…. Cédric
We were meant to play Les Pins but due to a mix up on dates we ended up on Les Dunes. But what a pleasant mistake! Les Dunes was in excellent condition and the greens especially so, which wasnt what we had heard may be the case especially at the end of summer. A good test of anyone's abilities, if not overly long. Very nice cosy, friendly clubhouse too.
Les Dunes is a really enjoyable course which is much more in the mould of a Sunningdale than a Royal Birkdale. Dunes to me indicate a links course and that it is not. It is however very undulating and if this is your second round of the day you might do well to consider taking a buggy unless you are really fit. Was most impressed with the variation of the holes which keep changing and hold interest all the way round. It a good test of golf for all levels and the layout was immaculately maintained when I last played here. You do need pinpoint accuracy to score well, so use the driver with extreme caution! All in all, Les Dunes is a tough course to categorise it’s close to the sea but there are no sea views, neither is it heathland or parkland. One thing is for certain – it’s worth playing.