Looking down from the tee of the short par 4 sixteenth towards the well-protected green, the Lachans mountain rising imposingly behind.
When I hear the news in April that Chateau Taulane has opened for play after its winter rest, then I know spring is truly here and that summer won’t be too far behind.
Taulane, half an hour above Grasse on the Route Napoleon, is a breathtaking gem that I can’t afford to play often. It is a relief to escape the summer fret on the coast and enjoy a course set in a cradle of mountains at nearly 1000 metres altitude.
The course was the first in France to be designed by Gary Player, and every hole is a test of a golfer’s skill. As you play through this 30,000-acre paradise of pine forest and lakes the thought always strikes – why isn’t there anyone else here?
Yes, you will lose balls. But as you look up to the magnificent mountain of Lachens that dominates the paysage, you won’t care a bit.