Course of the Month

March 2021

Ariege-Pyrenees, France France

Located in the heart of the Ariège Pyrenees, in an beautiful setting, this environmentally friendly Pitch and Putt course, designed by Michel Gayon, offers the member and visitor alike a very enjoyable experience. The course is situated some 16 km. northwest of Foix (former capital of the Ariège département). For those travelling from further away, Carcassone (approx. 90 km. from the course) is the nearest airport. 

Technical and hilly, the rustic Pitch and Putt course is the ideal complement to the 18-hole golf course. An adjacent driving range and practice area complete this fine facility.

Laid out adjacent to and between the 1st and 4th fairways of the main golf course, at an altitude of 600 metres above sea level, Ariege's nine holes of Pitch meander near adjoining farm pasture and woodland. Two tees on each hole provide a challenging 18 hole test.

Characteristic of a course laid out on the Plantaurel massif, sandy and rocky hazards abound at Ariège while native wildlife (does, deer, hare and birds) proliferate.

Views of the Pyrenees foothills are spectacular as players tangle with the trees that line the fairways and seek to avoid a deep pit that bisects the course. 

A friendly welcome awaits at the first-class restaurant that adjoins the course, which is not far from the borders of Spain and Andorra.
Sustainable maintenance at Ariège follows the Ecogolf' system. Ariège's greenkeepers water only with the rainwater stored in hillside reservoirs. They fertilize at a minimum, and they prevent and treat grass diseases, with absolute respect for the ecosystem and in a transparent search for the most suitable solutions. Ecogolf's promise is to guarantee both natural resources, the health of everyone and practice conditions worthy of the best courses.
Originally constructed in 1986, the Ariege course adpted the Ecogolf banner in 2014.

Tall trees border the fairway on Ariege's longest hole - the 90 metre 1st. Shortest hole on the course is the 48 metre 9th hole. Although the left hand side of the 6th green is guarded by an overhanging tree, the 71 metre 6th is rated the easiest on the course. The 10th, played to the same green as the 1st but with a teebox positioned deep in the trees, is considered Ariege's most difficult. The pitch on the 57 metre 17th hole must carry a deep pit, which also forms an obstacle on the 3rd (which stretches to 71 metres) and 12th (60 metres) holes. 

Official address of the Ariège course is 09240 Unjat La Bastide de Sérou while the telephone no. is 05 61 64 56 78 

Open to all, a raised walkway run in conjunction with Ariège Pyrenees Natural Park, offers an overhead view of the course. The walk is lined with panels describing the historical and natural heritage of the site.