Surviving the Autoroute du Soleil: play some golf!

05 August 2022
6 min. read
Jeroen Korving
The Autoroute du Soleil in France, is the A6 motorway that runs from Paris to Lyon. From Lyon onwards, it turns into the A7 running all the way to Marseille. L' Autoroute du Soleil - or Highway of the Sun - brings you to the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur) and the Mediterranean Sea. It is the main route to reach the South of France and is used by many people when on a holiday. The route is therefore also prone to many traffic jams, especially in July and August. So if you happen to get stuck in traffic, why not stop and play a round of golf on one of these lovely golf courses along the Route du Soleil?
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Aerial view of the Mediterranean Sea near Marseille, which is the end point of the Autoroute du Soleil (Photo credits: ISHM via Unsplash)

In this blog we will only highlight golf courses along the Autoroute du Soleil which:

  •  can be easily reached; the detour should be less than 25 km or 15.5 miles
  •  are rated a 7.8 and higher, and 
  •  have been reviewed by more than 40 other golfers. 

We'll start in Paris and then work our way down via Auxerre, Baune, Lyon, Valence, Avignon and finally to Marseille.

The first stretch: golf clubs to visit along the A6

The first part of the Autoroute du Soleil - the A6 - runs from Paris to Lyon. Some of the clubs mentioned have their own hotel, so it might be a great idea to play and stay at those courses!

Golf clubs along the A6 to Dijon, using the map view and bucket list feature on Leading Courses (map credits: Google)

Golf De Fontainebleau - exit N°14 (D152) north

If you leave the A7 at exit 14, then you only have to drive 9 km (5.6 miles) to Golf de Fontainebleau. This golf club is rated with a 9.1 and is ranked 3rd in France. So this is definitely a must-play course!

Golf Du Chateau D'Augerville - exit N°14 (D152) south

If you take the same exit as Fontainebleau but then head south for 20 km (12.4 miles) you will arrive at Golf Du Chateau D'Augerville which is rated with an 8.6. Golf Du Chateau D'Augerville is a top 20 golf club in France, so golfers find this a really good course. If you also need a place to stay, then staying at the five-star Chateau D'Augerville is a great option!

View of the castle at Augerville (Photo credits: member lolo.Indy)

Le Domaine et Golf de Vaugouard - exit A77 (N7)

A bit further south near Poligny you can take the A77 and after 19 km (11.8 miles) you will arrive at Le Domaine et Golf de Vaugouard. This golf club is rated with a decent 7.9 overall. The course is rated slightly higher with an 8.1 out of 10. Le Domaine et Golf de Vaugouard also has a nice four-star hotel, some rooms are located in a romantic castle. The golf course at Le Domaine et Golf de Vaugouard is bookable online via Leading Courses, rates start at €74.

Golf Du Roncemay - exit N°18 (D3)

Just north of Auxerre, you have the possibility to head to Golf Du Roncemay, which is rated with an 8.0. The golf club is located 15 km (9.3 miles) from the A6. Take exit number 18 at Sépeaux-Saint-Romain. You can play and stay at Domaine Du Roncemay in their four-star hotel.

Hotel Golf Chateau de Chailly -  exit A38 (D977bis)

If you take the A38 just north of Baune and then the D977bis, you will be able to tee off after less than 10 km (6.2 miles). Hotel Golf Chateau de Chailly is rated 8.0 out of 10 and is bookable online via Leading Courses. Prices start at €54 for 18 holes. Hôtel Golf Château de Chailly is an authentic medieval castle that has been transformed into a luxurious hotel with a gourmet restaurant in a peaceful, countryside location.

Golf de la Chassagne - exit A38

If you take the A38 just north of Baune, then you will arrive at Golf de la Chassagne after 24 km (14.9 miles), so just within the limit of 25 km. Golf de la Chassagne is rated with an 8.3 overall. The golf course of Golf de la Chassagne is bookable online via Leading Courses, rates start at €65. Unfortunately, there is no hotel available on site.

The final stretch: golf clubs along the A7

The final section of the Autoroute du Soleil - the A7 - runs from Lyon to Marseille. The clubs mentioned in this stretch do not have their own hotel, so you might have to stay in a hotel near these clubs, so either in Valence, Avignon or Marseille.

Golf clubs along the A7 to Marseille, using the map view and bucket list feature on Leading Courses (map credits: Google)

Lyon Salvagny Golf Club - exit A89

Although there are quite a few clubs in and around Lyon, only Lyon Salvagny Golf Club ticks all the boxes for the criteria mentioned. This golf club offers two golf courses, an 18-hole course and a 9-hole course. The golf club is rated 8.2 out of 10. This golf club does not have their own hotel, so you would need to stay somewhere just north of Lyon. That will enable you to avoid traffic jams if you leave early enough.

Golf Des Chanalets - exit N°14 (D67)

Just 5km (or 3.1 miles) off the A7, just above Valence you will find Golf Des Chanalets. The club is rated with a 7.8 and the course of Golf Des Chanalets is bookable online on Leading Courses. The prices start at €58 for 18 holes.

Golf de Saumane - exit N°24 (D900)

Just south of Avignon if you take exit 24 and then the D900 then within 22 km (13.7 miles) you will arrive at Golf de Saumane. The course of Golf de Saumane is rated 8.4 out of 10, the club has an overall rating of 8.2.

Golf International Pont Royal - exit N°26 (D7N)

And the last golf club on the Autoroute du Soleil that qualifies is Golf International Pont Royal. This golf club is ranked in the top of best French golf clubs on our site and the course is bookable online via Leading Courses. Prices start at €65 which is very reasonable for a golf course which is rated at 8.8 out of 10.

Pont Royal golf course (Photo credits: member eooms4)

We hope this blog has helped you plan your trip to the South of France, especially when you find yourself in one of the many traffic jams during the summer. Just take a quick detour, get off the Autoroute du Soleil, launch our app or website and book yourself a nice round of golf to wind down!

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Jeroen Korving

Jeroen Korving

Founder Leadingcourses.com. Loves (the) internet, prefers to travel with family & friends, likes football, tennis, golf & skiing!
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