Brittany Ferries Expands Golf Programme to build on 2014 Successes
Story published at 9:56, Monday, March 9th, 2015
Brittany Ferries has expanded its French golf programme aimed at Irish golfers following the success of its inaugural programme launched last year.
The company, which sails out of Cork to Roscoff in Northern France, has added more courses to the programme. It has also strengthened its links with Brittany Tourism to ensure that Irish golfers not alone enjoy a wide choice of golf but also get to see and sample the many attractions of the Brittany / Normandy / Loire region.
France is undoubtedly one of the hidden gems of European golf. With over 500 golf courses in the country it offers a wide range of challenges for golfers at all levels, plus a unique ‘après golf’ experience.
The courses in Brittany and Normandy are particularly spectacular with many of them built on the coast or around beautiful châteaux – and all within easy driving distance of Brittany Ferries’ port of call from Ireland – Roscoff. With the Ryder Cup due to be played in France in 2018 the French are already seeing more and more foreign visitors take to their courses.
Brittany Ferries has worked with over 40 clubs and also with local accommodation providers to create a series of packages that include travel (also for the car), accommodation (B&B) and all green fees. And of course there is the added bonus that golf clubs travel free as they will be in the car! The packages, which include four or five day’s golf, start at €638.
The Brittany Ferries golf desk, which has many years’ experience looking after UK golfers travelling to France, will not only provide detailed itineraries but also include information on all else there is to do in this beautiful region of France.
Speaking of the initiative, Hugh Bruton, general manager of Brittany Ferries in Ireland, said that the decision to launch a programme in 2014 had come on the back of being approached by quite a number of Irish golfers to see whether they would be prepared to replicate the highly successful programme already in existence in the UK. “Last year it was very much taking a small step towards this. Such, however, has been the success of the initiative that we decided to expand it this year. In doing that we have worked closely with both the clubs and hotels to ensure that golfers will not only enjoy memorable golf but also a memorable holiday.”
Brittany Ferries operate weekly sailings from Cork to Roscoff. The new sailing season starts on Saturday, 21 March and runs until Saturday, 31 October.
Brittany Ferries www.brittanyferries.ie/golf