Golfing in Monte Carlo and how to pass the time

Seamus Rotherick
By Seamus Rotherick May 21, 2021 10:25

Located on the French Riviera in the opulent Monaco, Monte Carlo is one of the most luxurious destinations in the world. Whether you’re visiting to soak up the sun or make the most of its many high-class attractions, it’s a resort that offers the ultimate experience.

If you’re looking for some inspiration on where to go during your trip, we’ve got some ideas for the best things to see and do.

Enjoy Exclusive Golf

The climate and the beautiful surroundings make golfing in Monte Carlo something special. If you’re more used to the rain and wind-battered UK courses, playing in Monaco will seem like a world apart.

Monte Carlo Golf Course is 9km to the north in La Turbie and set in a beautiful rolling green countryside. The course offers an exciting challenge with stunning views over the bay, and at the 5th hole, you can see three different countries at once.

With 18 holes and a par of 71, the course is set on a hilltop and includes a fair bit of climbing. The panoramic scenery is spectacular, but you’ll need to be on your game to make some of the tricky clifftop shots!

Facilities onsite include a top-notch restaurant, caddy and equipment rental and a pro shop.

Gamble at Casino de Monte Carlo

A visit to Monte Carlo wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of the world’s most famous casinos. The extravagant marble and gold exterior are instantly recognisable and a beautiful example of 19th century belle époque architecture.

If it looks familiar, it could be because it featured in two James Bond films, Goldeneye and Never Say Never Again.

Visitors can gamble inside daily from 3pm, with three rooms open to the public. These offer a range of games, including baccarat, roulette, blackjack, poker and slots. There are also “salons privés” which are only accessible to regular visitors. There are more of the same games but with even more luxury. The creme de la creme is the “salons super-privés” where James Bond and other VIPs gamble for sky-high sums.

You don’t need to be a millionaire to enjoy a visit to the casino, but it’s advisable to dress smartly; strictly no trainers and a tie is recommended for men.

Soak Up the Sun at Larvotto Beach

With very few rainy days in Monte Carlo, why not relax and take it easy in front of the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean? Larvotto Beach in Monte Carlo is the only public beach in Monaco and offers a quiet sanctuary away from the busy bars, restaurants and clubs.

A man-made, shingle sand beach, Larvotto is popular but spacious, so it’s easy to find a relaxing spot away from the crowds. There are plenty of amenities nearby if you want to grab an ice cream or some lunch.

And if you fancy a change from listening to the waves lapping against the shore, the highly-rated Japanese Garden, complete with a Zen meditation area, is within a short walking distance.

 

Seamus Rotherick
By Seamus Rotherick May 21, 2021 10:25
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