Dolce Fregate Provence Golf Resort
France, Provence - Côte d'Azur, Var, Bandol
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At the foothills of Provence's lush vineyards and overlooking the Mediterranean, Dolce Fregate Resort combines the charm of a secluded country setting with the glamour of a Côte d'Azur resort. Set on a 420 acres estate with working vineyard, olive and pine groves, the resort features a spectacular Ronald Fream golf course, a beautiful village style hotel, a high tech conference centre and a range of leisure facilities.
On the edge of the 18th hole, the hotel is inspired from a traditional Provençal village, complete with buildings separated by squares and terraces overlooking the golf course and the sea. While drawing its inspiration from local architecture, the hotel incorporate the latest technology with a high level of comfort in casual, country club style atmosphere. Dolce Fregate Resort offers several dining options, from gourmet to casual, as well a a range of leisure amenities and hight tech business facilities.
The centre piece of the resort, the golf course enjoys a privileged setting perched above the sea and unfolds amongst stately pines and vineyards with captivating views of the Mediterranean. Beautiful landscaping and a good use of the natural terrain have given birth to a technically challenging and visually attractive course. The Championship course is complemented by an executive nine holler, a golf academy, practice facilities, a well stocked proshop and a tasteful clubhouse with restaurant.
On the edge of the 18th hole, the hotel is inspired from a traditional Provençal village, complete with buildings separated by squares and terraces overlooking the golf course and the sea. While drawing its inspiration from local architecture, the hotel incorporate the latest technology with a high level of comfort in casual, country club style atmosphere. The rooms and suites have whitewashed walls, terracotta floors and solid oak furniture, enjoying the authentic charm and elegance of the Provence of yesteryears. Most of them have sea views from their balconies, terraces or patios.
Dolce Fregate Resort offers several dining options. Le Mas des Vignes serves gourmet French and Provençal cuisine, while the wine lists features a large selection of Bandol AOC wines, including the Domaine de Fregate own vintage. Meals are served in the elegant dining room or on the terrace for al fresco dining. The Brasserie style cuisine at La Restanque is a casual dining alternative while in season, Les Cascades serves light meals by the pool.
4 Star Golf Hotel • Provençal village style resort • 163 rooms & suites • All rooms with balcony/terrace, A/C, Desk, DDL phone, Satellite TV, Video System, Minibar and Safe. • Bathrooms with separate bathtub and shower + Hairdryer • Most rooms with sea/golf views • 24 hours room service • Laundry & dry cleaning • Airport/Train station transfers + Car park
Le Mas des Vignes (Restaurant) • La Restanque (Brasserie) • Les Cascades (Pool Grill)
Omnisens Spa • 3 Outdoor pools • 1 Indoor pool • 3 Tennis courts • Fitness Centre • Jogging, hiking and biking trails • Water activities • Children activities • Beehives • Wine tasting (Dolce Fregate own AOC vineyards) • Sightseeing (Provence's perched medieval villages, vineyards and coastal trail)
Conference Centre • 16 Meeting rooms: 215 to 1600 sq.ft. for 10 to 200 delegates • State-of-the-art audio-visual facilities • Exhibition area • Secretarial services
• Fregate Championship Course
Ronald Fream (1992) 18 holes - 6,795 yds - Par 72
Laid out against a backdrop of vineyards, surrounding wooded hills and occasional rocky outcrops, many holes are blessed with stunning sea views out across the Mediterranean. Hilly and challenging from first to last, there are some serious elevation changes to cope with, as well as tight drives to make (a couple of them blind). Taken together, the 18 holes will test every facet of your game; individually they each throw up their own challenges, as well as a host of spectacular ocean and inland vistas. One or two slightly "quirky" holes had to be fitted to the undulating landscape, although most are well-crafted golfing gems.
• Fregalon Executive Course
9 holes - 1,860 yds - Par 29
Le Fregalon. For beginners or fine-tuning one's game, the Golf Academy provides year round private coaching and clinics for all levels of play.
• Golf Academy
The French Golf Institute gives the golfers a unique opportunity to learn golf with the MRP Golf® method of the French Golf School. An innovative concept to learn each essential step of the game and develop individual skills
• Clubhouse with restaurant and proshop
Golf in Provence
• La Sainte Baume Golf, 48 km.
Robert Berthet (1988) 18 holes
Meticulously groomed, this layout blends seamlessly into a lush and scented countryside of majestic maritime pines and Mediterranean shrubs, with the ever present background of La Sainte Baume mountain. The technical difficulties are not too demanding and the hazards are in general clearly visible. The course makes for a perfect stroll trough untouched countryside and will certainly be remembered for its splendid Provencal setting.At the heart of the golf course, the Domaine de Chateauneuf is the clubhouse and its gastronomic restaurant set in an 18th. century noble mansion.
• La Sainte Victoire - Domaine de Chateau l'Arc, 45 km.
Michel Gayon (1985) 18 holes
At Fuveau, a few minutes from Aix-en-Provence, this 18-hole course offers as many technical challenges as natural charms. Suitable for all levels of play. The estate castle was the former home of painter Bernard Buffet and the course enjoys superb panoramic views of the Sainte-Victoire mountain, so many times painted by Paul Cezanne.
• Marseille La Salette, 30 km.
Michel Gayon (1989) 18 holes
Winding through the hills at the outskirts of Marseille, La Salette course enjoys a privileged situation in the sunbathed hills lyrically described by famous Provencal writer Marcel Pagnol. The layout stretches on the scented slopes of the Mont Garlaban, covered with Mediterranean “maquis” shrubs, offering spectacular views over Marseille. A nice and easy going round of golf in glorious Mediterranean countryside.
• Golf Club d'Aix Marseille - Les Milles, 70 km.
Founded 1935 - Peter Cannon, 9 holes (1937) + Unknown, 18 holes (1954)
The club was founded in 1935 and the first nine holes inaugurated in 1937, laid out by British architect Peter Cannon and extended to a full 18 holes in 1954.The Golf Club d'Aix Marseille is one of the oldest in the South of France. It is also one of the most reputed championship courses in the region, surprising in its length and its architectural structure which accentuates the impression of wide, open spaces.
• Barbaroux Golf, Hôtel & Spa, 50 km.
Pete Dye & PB Dye (1989) 18 holes
In a magnificient setting, Barbaroux is probably the most difficult golf challenge of the South of France and one of the most prestigious course, unfurling through 87 hectareas of wonderfull Provencal landscape of forest and hills adorned with six large lakes. Designed by architects Pete Dye and PB Dye in keeping with the finest American golf-course tradition, makes every space, every pond, an ode to creativity, combining love of nature and technical flair. A must play in this beautifull and wild region of the Côte d'Azur back country.
Dolce Fregate Resort is located at the heart of the reputed Bandol AOC vineyards - the Domaine produce its own award-wining "grand crus". Bandol was a famous seaside resort before St. Tropez and its first visitors were well known writers such as Thomas Mann, Aldous Huxley or Marcel Pagnol.
Bandol is also the hometown of some famous people such as maritime scientist Alain Bombard, the inventor and cinematographer Louis Lumière, and Paul Ricard, founder of the famous namesake Pastis.
Bandor Island, a tiny island just 300 metres offshore from Bandol, was bought by Paul Ricard in 1950, when the sole inhabitant of the island was a sheep ! Under the magnate patronage, the island became a magnet for the jet set of the sixties, including such visitors as Gilbert Bécaud, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Pagnol or Fernandel. Today, the island features a hotel, a museum, a small marina, water sport facilities and a diving centre.
In the hinterland at Le Castellet, the Circuit Paul Ricard is a motorsport race track built in 1969 by the eccentric Pastis magnate Paul Ricard. Opened in 1970, its innovative facilities made it one of the safest motor racing circuits in the world at the time of its opening. It has hosted the French F1 Grand Prix on fourteen occasion until 1990, and is scheduled to return to the Formula 1 calendar for the 2018 season.
Sightseeing in the region includes the scenic coastal trail, the scenic mountain of La Sainte Baume, a rocky ridge culminating at over 1.000 metres, the perched medieval villages of the hinterland such as La Cadière and Le Castellet, Cassis and the Calanques National Park, and the regional metropolis of Marseille and Toulon.
Cassis fishing village and seaside resort It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its white cliffs and sheltered inlets called Calanques, part of the Calanques National Park stretching between Marseilles and Cassis, and including parts of the Massif des Calanques.
Marseilles is is the country's second largest city, known to the ancient Greeks and Romans as Massalia, the most important trading centre in the region and the main commercial port of France.
Address & Contact
Dolce Fregate Provence
Route de Bandol
83270 St. Cyr s/Mer
Seaside on the Côte d'Azur • Bandol, 8 km. / Toulon, 25 km. + Marseille, 40 km. • Airports: Marseille Marignane, 65 km. + Toulon-Hyeres, 50 km.
All year (Hotel & Golf)
Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, dry summers