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Hyères - Costebelle Golf Club, Var (83).

The club was founded in 1907.

The Hyères Les Palmiers course was very attractive and a pleasant one to play but it did not reach the international standard of courses being developed at the time.

The need for a second club was clear to Mr Peyron, proprietor of the Costebelle Hotels, who decided to create an eighteen-hole course close to his main hotel. During the summer of 1907 Covington, the Nice professional, laid out the course which opened in November the same year. In 1908 it was significantly improved by Willie Park. The course measured 6,200 yards which included several “long holes”. The course was very flat and open and it would have been of little interest playing wise. But the genius, Willie Park, placed the bunkers - not less than 52 – in the most strategic places thus providing a good test of golf.

 

Hyères - Costebelle Golf Club, Var (83). Tenth hole on the Costebelle course.

Tenth hole on the Costebelle Links

 

Hyères - Costebelle Golf Club, Var (83). The Golf Hotel restaurant.

The Golf Hotel restaurant.

 

Hyères - Costebelle Golf Club, Var. Harry Vardon.

Harry Vardon on the sixth tee at Costebelle.

 

Hyères - Costebelle Golf Club, Var. Arnaud Massy driving.

Arnaud Massy driving.

 

Hyères - Costebelle Golf Club, Var. J H Taylor putting.

Taylor putting at Costebelle.

 

In March 1908 the Tatler Magazine organised a tournament which was to be called “The Tatler Riviera Cup” (in France la Coupe de la Riviera) and it was to be played on the Costebelle course. The first prize was to be a 25 guinea silver trophy. The total prize money would certainly have exceeded 1,200 francs.

After the Nice tournament (played in March 1908 – see Nice article), on their way to Costebelle, the triumvirate plus Massy moved to the old course in Hyères for a two day tournament. Taylor won the competition with a score of 139 (72 + 67), Braid was second with 142 (71 + 71), Vardon was third 144 (71 + 73), Massy, playing badly, finished fourth with 150 (76 + 74). Gassiat, Macdonald, Freemantle and Bomboudiac scored 153, 160, 166 and 167 respectively.

The following day the Tatler Riviera Cup was played over the Costebelle course. Bomboudiac was initially supposed to play in the competition but he was suffering from a cold and his place was given to R G Macdonald, the local professional, who was originally from Dornoch.

Vardon won the cup with a score of 151 (76 + 75), Massy was runner-up with 155 (78 + 77), Braid third 158 (83 + 75) and Taylor was fourth 162 (83 + 79). Macdonald finished with 170 and Gassiat 171.

 

Hyères - Costebelle Golf Club, Var (83). Article from The Tatler November 1910.

 

Hyères - Costebelle Golf Club, Var (83). Article from The Tatler November 1910.

 

Hyères - Costebelle Golf Club, Var (83). Article from The Tatler November 1910.

From The Bystander November 2nd 1910. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

Hyères - Costebelle Golf Club, Var. Clubhouse and course.

Clubhouse and course.

 

Hyères - Costebelle Golf Club, Var. Ninth tee.

Driving off the ninth tee on the Costebelle course. (John Llewellyn Collection.)