A petit clin d'œil to ⁨Sainte-Maxime

last update: 16 March 2022


Sainte-Maxime is a small town sitting on the gulf of Saint-Tropez, and it also home to the Sainte-Maxime golf club.

We stayed there a couple of times between 2000 and 2007, in part as a stop-over when driving back and forth to Nice, and in part just to try different 18-hole golf courses along the coast.

Sainte-Maxime Hotel

The first good point was the hotel sitting on the golf course. It now belongs to JJW Hotels & Resorts, but I've no idea what it was called in 2004 (when I took this series of photographs). I must say as the Hôtel Amarante Golf Plaza today it looks very impressive, but I remember being distinctly underwhelmed with the on-site hotel in 2004.

Sainte-Maxime Golf 1

The second good point was that the course was not that difficult (wide fairways and easy greens), and some of the views were truly impressive.

Sainte-Maxime Golf 2

On the down side, if I remember rightly, the course was difficult to walk (you needed a buggy), was not that well maintained, was a bit "overcrowded" with housing, and there was some damage from a recent fire in the local

Sainte-Maxime Overcrowded

Sainte-Maxime Burnt

In simple terms, it did not compare positively with Saint Endréol, which was just a 30 minute drive inland, and just as accessible when driving along the coast.