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Presenter : Ian Cross

Northern France

 

Typical French shop in Northern France

Typical French shop in Northern France

Adventure Golfer Ian Cross arrives from across the English Channel to discover courses set to the backdrop of fairytale chateaux’s, and alongside war torn battlefields. He begins in seaside town Le Touquet, home to two nine hole courses appropriately named Le Foret, set amongst the trees, and La Mer, set beside the water. Ian decides to try his hand at La Mer, and discovers a links style course that requires a mastery of the elements. Ian soon finds himself falling behind the Club’s Female Pro as the seaside breezes play havoc with his approach shots.

La Touquet represents Northern France’s transformation in the last century from battlefield to resort town. After leaving the links Ian heads to the Allied cemetery to try and get perspective on the World War I trench warfare that resulted in some of the bloodies conflict in human history.

The next stop for Ian is the small village of Saint Saens golf course, built on a two hundred year old estate, featuring the chateaux as clubhouse. Occupied by the Germans in World War II, today the only conflict on these grounds is between Ian and his English partner, and a French duo. The two sides wage a best ball tilt for the ages, complete with bilingual trash talk.

Taking the less travelled route in to Normandy, Ian arrives at Omaha Beach, a crucial point in the D-Day operation. There are three nine hole courses here, and Ian takes to the links with a local who remembers the landing. On one approach shot, Ian must deal with a bunker that was dug by the Germans during the war. It is a truly historic place to golf.

Vouvray Vineyard in the Loire Valley

Vouvray Vineyard in the Loire Valley

When in Northern France it’s impossible to ignore the cultural significance. Ian passes through the home of impressionist artist Monet, visits with the Master of Wines at the Vouvray Vineyards where bottles mature for decades, and passes through a hunting lodge whose interior decorator was none other than Leonardo da Vinci.

His final 18 in Northern France are played at Les Bordes, originally home to billionaire businessman Baron Bich. Today there is a golf course carved in to the side of a lake, on which the peace and tranquility are unrivalled.

Credits

Presenter
IAN CROSS

With Thanks to
AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION
CALVADOS TOURISM
FOUNDATION CLAUDE MONET
GOLF HOLIDAYS ABROAD
NORMANDY TOURISM
THE WAR RESEARCH SOCIETY

Golf Consultant
ANDY BUTCHER

Titles and Graphics
BIG SQUID

Title Music
MICHAEL CONN

Additional Music
AMANDA KRAMER
ADRIAN MILLER
COLIN WINSTON-FLETCHER
JON WYGENS

Musical Director
NEVILLE FARMER

Facilities
SANCTUARY POST
THE VOICE & MUSIC COMPANY

On Line Editor
KATIE KEMP

Dubbing Mixers
JOEL BALDWIN
JEZ FODEN

Editors
CHRIS JOLLY
GARY MILLER

Production Accountants
RIAZ HOODA
MICHELE LONERGAN

Production Assistant
LUKE THOMPSON

Researcher
BOB BAKER

Production Co-ordinator
AMISHA SOLANKI

Post Production Manager
LIZ RICHARDS

Production Manager
CATHERINE AIREY

Sound
PETER COWASJI

Camera
GEORGINA BURRELL
ROBERT CALLWAY

Producer & Director
RICHARD COOKE

Series Produced & Directed by
PETER WISDOM

Executive Producer
IAN CROSS

Produced by
Pilot Film & Television Productions

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