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Hendaye (Abbadia) Golf Club, Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64). 

In 1910 an 18-hole golf course was created by Harry Colt which profoundly transformed the site. The course was located in stunning surroundings in the vicinity of the Château d'Abbadia. The club continued until the outbreak of WW2.

Hendaye (Abbadia) Golf Club, Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Layout of the course in 1911.

Layout of the Harry Colt course in 1911.

 

The top picture below shows the castle. At this time some rooms where used by the golfers, a golfers clubhouse was constructed following WW1.

 

Hendaye (Abbadia) Golf Club, Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Images from The Sketch July 1913.

 

Hendaye (Abbadia) Golf Club, Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Images from The Sketch July 1913.

 

Hendaye (Abbadia) Golf Club, Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Images from The Sketch July 1913.

 

Hendaye (Abbadia) Golf Club, Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Images from The Sketch July 1913.

From The Sketch July 2nd 1913. Images © Illustrated London News Group. Images created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

The golfers clubhouse was installed in the 1920s.

 

Hendaye (Abbadia) Golf Club, Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The first tee.

The first tee.

 

Hendaye (Abbadia) Golf Club, Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The first hole.

The first hole.

 

Hendaye (Abbadia) Golf Club, Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The second green.

The second green.

 

Hendaye (Abbadia) Golf Club, Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The thirteenth hole.

The thirteenth.

 

During the second World War, the Atlantic Wall (a coastal defence system and fortifications built by the Nazis) changed the landscape, notably by the felling of trees on Point Sainte-Anne and the construction of concrete bunkers.

Following WW2 the land returned to agriculture. Attempts were made to destroy the blockhouses but the efforts were unsuccessful. Nowadays the concrete remains are hidden by groves.

 

Hendaye (Abbadia) Golf Club. Château d'Abbadia, the golf course and clubhouse.

The above image shows the Château d'Abbadia, the golf course and clubhouse. John Llewellyn collection.

 

Hendaye (Abbadia) Golf Club. The Château and golf clubhouse.

Another image showing the Château d'Abbadia and the golf clubhouse.

 

Hendaye (Abbadia) Golf Club, Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The fourth hole.

The fourth hole and Château. John Llewellyn collection.

 

Hendaye (Abbadia) Golf Club, Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The Château and golf course.

The Château and golf course.

 

Just to add, the club continued to be listed in the Golfer’s Handbook into the early 1960s bit it’s more likely that the club ceased to exist following the war.

The Google Map below pinpoints the location of the course