Touriane Golf Club finds itself in a half-way house between tradition and progression. very much attached to its tradition , it nevertheless is competitive, young and ambitious, personifying a fresh vision of French Golf.
The Club celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2008 but actually has existed since 1911. It began as a 9-hole course in the centre of Tours on the island of Aucard on the river Loire. It survived two World Wars but could not resist the inevitable surge of urban development. With the generosity of a few founder members and with the support of the city Tours, a move was made to the Chateau de la Touche Estate in Ballan-Mire, a nearby suburb, in 1971 which gave birth to the new 18 hole Golf de Touriane.
It is one of the pleasures of golf in France to discover that teh Golf de Touriane course is designed around an elegant Chateau who previous owners looking out on undulating farm land. A view of the Chateau can be had from 15 of the holes! The course was designed by Michael Finn, encompassing the valleys and streams which meander into the many ponds and small lakes. Despite the area being renowned for it Chinon and Vouvray wines, golfers are well served on the course with a generous supply of water: on the 12 holes with streams, ponds and lakes, the ducks are in their element. Facing a mixture of trees, open spaces and delightful views, golfers will experience a mixture of quality and difficulty on the lush and firm carpet of green fairways, caressed with time.
The holes wind their way in and out, intelligently taking maximum advantage of the relatively restricted area. The hilly features are gentle but challenge the golfer to plan each shot carefully. The golfer who can find a moment or two to appreciate the many varieties of trees, the small greens and several old farms building dotted around, will find his or her day, once the bar has been reach, complete.