Posted on 08 June 2021
When it comes to sports you can enjoy in the Alps during the sweltering August heat, you might be surprised to know that golf is a popular choice. While not every ski resort has a great, gold standard golf course on hand, many do have high-altitude short courses. If you’re a keen golfer and you’re thinking about where to buy a ski property, knowing where you can find a full 18 holes is vital.
After all, how will you keep your eye in if all you’ve got nearby is an easy nine-hole course?
So, which resorts should you buy a chalet in, if you’re after a truly excellent got course? We take a look at the top five resorts that come with a full 18-hole golf course while enjoying the stunning Alpine vistas while you’re trying to improve your swing. When you’re choosing where to buy a ski property, it’s a no-brainer if you’re a golfer!
The Chamonix golf course sits in Chamonix Le Praz and is a sunny, 18-hole course, surrounded by the distinct jagged peaks that make up the Aguille Rouge and Aguille du Midi. Built-in the 1930s, the Chamonix Golf Course was originally designed to keep English guests in the Valley happy during the summer months.
This is a classic course, with long fairways and thick pines that keep it feeling secluded and peaceful despite being an easy walk from the centre of Le Praz. It has only been a full-sized, 18 hole course since 1982. The 18-hole version of the course was commissioned to be designed by American architect Robert Trent Jones Sr in 1977. Chamonix Golf Club is now home to several competitions of a competitive and friendly nature.
If you’re a skier and a golfer, and you’re wondering where to buy a ski property, choosing a chalet in a resort where there’s a top-class golf club is a great idea!
It should be no surprise to see Verbier on this list of resorts, but the Verbier Golf Club is actually home to two different 18-hole courses. Neither 18-hole course is as open and flat as the Chamonix golf course, so putting can be tricky. Sitting in the beautiful Swiss Alps this club is home to two fantastic restaurants, one per course. If you’re looking for a superb ski resort with a great golf course, it’s worth a place on your list.
The courses were designed by Donald Harradine and Nicolas Cordonier, and the club was founded in 1969. The main Les Esserts course is tricky, needs precise drives and a lot of concentration to master. Be prepared to lose a few balls along the way! The other course is an 18-hole pitch-and-putt course that allows you to work on your short game in a spectacular setting.
After you’ve completed a round of golf or three, Verbier is one of Switzerland’s premier ski resorts for a reason; you will find yourself in the lap of luxury. As Verbier is a great summer destination in its’ own right, it’s always worth considering Verbier if you’re wondering where to buy a ski property.
With a gentle, hilly slope, this golf course is accessible for every level golfer. The Megève golf course is partially used as a ski slope during the winter season. If you’re looking to play a round or two in May, you might be a little disappointed by the standard of the course. The club is friendly and will hire you top of the line equipment if you don’t have your own to hand.
The course doesn’t cover too much gradient change and was opened in 1964. The clubhouse is home to an excellent and often busy restaurant. This 18-hole course is also home to a practice putting green and a driving range, so you can get your eye in before taking to the course to get a full round in before lunch. Megève is often the resort of choice for buyers looking to permanently relocate to the Alps. Those looking at where to buy a ski property will be glad to know the season stretches from May or June into October.
The golf course is still owned by the infamous Rothschild family, whose influence made Megève what it is today, along with the nearby Four Seasons Hotel. For anyone hoping to buy a ski chalet in France’s most historic ski resort, the golf course and the hotel are huge draws.
Morzine and Les Gets
The 18-hole Les Gets – Morzine golf course sits on the Chavannes Ridge and offers 360-degree panoramic views. This course is probably the one with the most elevation change, of all those on this list, but the club has electric golf buggies that you can hire to save your legs while you go for a round or two. Golfers who love the slopes of Morzine, Les Gets, and the wider Portes du Soleil ski area will love this course.
If you’re looking for where to buy a ski property, and Morzine is on your list, you’ll be pleased to note that there is a second golf course between Morzine and Avoriaz. This is only a nine-hole course, but it was designed by Hugues Lambert and sits in an unusual location that always attracts Alpine golfers.
Whether you’re looking at buying in Morzine or Les Gets, golf lovers have more than enough to keep their game improving while they enjoy summers in the Alps. Year-round buyers might find Morzine a better bet, as Les Gets closes for the inter-season each year, so it’s incredibly quiet some months. Despite that, both of these resorts are great choices if you’re wondering where to buy a ski property.
Long known as the ultimate Alpine golfing location, Crans-Montana is home to the illustrious European Masters competition. The course breaks into most lists of the world’s top 100 golf courses, and the sport itself has been in the resort since 1905. If you’re after the perfect place to hit the slopes in winter and get a few rounds of golf during summer, you can’t get much better than Crans.
Although the course was abandoned due to World War One, it was recovered in 1924 and hosted the European Masters for the first time in 1939. There is a smaller, nine-hole course opposite the main 18-hole Severiano Ballesteros course, opened in 1988. If you’re a skier and a golfer looking for where to buy a ski property, Crans-Montana will be at the top of your list.
If you’re a snow sports-loving golfer, any of these five resorts could be your ideal Alpine home. Whether you want to buy a property in France or Switzerland, take a look at our ski property for sale. If you have any questions, or you’d like further information about any of our properties, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.