Sport and Recreation

Golf
The Var boasts approximately 10 Championship Gold Courses, all open to the general public by way of green fee. We are fortunate to have the Golf Club de Barberoux situated just the other side of Brignoles, about 15 kms away. A little further away at Le Muy, is the Golf de St-Endreol. It's just as fine a course as Jimbo golfing at the Barberoux Golf Course in Provence, France.>the 
  Barberoux. For a course that has the added benefit of spectacular scenery - 
  on the coast is <strong>Golf de La Fregate</strong> where the holes appear to 
  drop into the sea. </p>
<p>Each of these golf courses above has a good restaurant!</p>
<p>Other golf courses in Var, Provence include:</p>
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  <p><strong>Golf Club de Beauvallon</strong><br>
    Boulevard des Collines Beauvallon, 83120 Sainte Maxime<br>
    Tel +33 4 94 96 16 98</p>
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Golf de Sainte Maxime
Route du Débarquement BP 116, 83120 Sainte Maxime
Tel +33 4 94 55 02 02

Golf Public de Valgarde
Chemin de Rabasson, 83130 La Garde
Tel +33 4 94 14 01 05

Golf de Barbaroux
Route de Cabasse, 83170 Brignoles
Tel +33 4 94 69 63 63

Golf de Valcros
83250 La Londe Les Maures
Tel +33 4 94 66 81 02

Golf de Fregate
Route de Bandol, 83270 Saint Cyr Sur Mer
Tel +33 4 94 29 38 00

Geoff golfing at the Barberoux Golf Course in Provence, France.

Golf de Roquebrune
Quartier des Planes CD 7, 83520 Roquebrune Sur Argens
Tel +33 4 94 19 60 35

Gassin Golf Country Club
Route de Ramatuelle, 83580 Gassin
Tel +33 4 94 55 13 44

Golf Esterel
Valescure Avenue du Golf, 83700 Saint Raphael
Tel +33 4 94 52 68 30

Golf de Valescure
Route des golfs, 83704 Saint Raphael
Tel +33 4 94 82 40 46

Golf de Cap Esterel
BP 940 - Cap Esterel, 83708 Saint Raphael Cedex
Tel +33 4 94 82 55 00

Golf de Taulane
Le Logis du Pin, 83840 La Martre
Tel +33 4 93 60 31 30

Golf de la Sainte Baume
"La Mouchouane", Hôtel du domaine de Châteauneuf, 83860 Nans les Pins
Tel +33 4 94 78 60 12

Golf de Saint Endreol
Route de Bagnols en Forêt CD 47, 83920 La Motte
Tel +33 4 94 51 89 89

Boules or Petanques
Petanque, "pay-tonk", originated in Provence roughly 100 years ago. It is one of Europe's most popular outdoor games and has some similarities to both horseshoes and bocce. In many village squares, you'll find individuals playing the game.

Caving
Do you want to tour various grottos, descend into the depths of the earth to see magnificant stalagmites and stalactites? There are several grottos in Provence that are worth visiting.

Grottes de Thouzon
Known as the Cave with the Fairies, Grottes de Thouzon is located near the village of Le Thor, in the Vaucluse. The cave features thousands of beautiful thin golden stalactites.
84250 LE THOR
Tél.: +33 4 90 33 93 65

La Grotte de Baume Obscure
This cave is 3 km from St. Vallier-de-Thiey, 12 km from Grasse.

Les Grottes de Saint Cézaire
This cave is outside the village of St. Cézaire-sur-Siagne - about 8 km south of the Grotte de Baume Obscure and 15 km west of Grasse.

La Grotte des Audides
This cave is located between St. Vallier-de-Thiey (4 km) and Cabris (4 km) on the D4 road, about 10 km from Grasse.

Les Grottes de Villecroze
Villecroze is 15 km west of Draguignan on the D557.

If you are a certified member of a Speleological Club, accompanied by a professional guide, and with the correct equipment, there are several caves worth visiting.

Grotte de la Castelette
Gouffre du Caladaire
Aven du Cercueil
Aven Cyclopibus
Grotte des Rampins
Aven de la Ripelle
Aven de la Solitude

Cycling
Cycling and mountain biking is a very popular sport in Provence. You will want to avoid cycling in the summer, from June 15 until September 15, as the weather is very hot. The early fall is the ideal time to bike in Provence. May is also generally good cycling weather although early May may see a Mistral wind (a very strong, cold wind that blows down from the Rhone Valley). If you are planning on cycling, check out this page on facts you need to know if biking in France. You may want to consider an excursion to the Gorges du Verdon and Moustiers Ste. Marie (Lac de St. Croix).

Horse-riding
Ranch Martine in Carces offers several horse riding packages but you will find many stables throughout the Var where trekking is available. We often see riders turning up in Cotignac, seeking a drink and a pit-stop along the way. Their address is Route d'Entrecasteaux, Quartier les Hauts de Parayon, Carces, and their phone number is 04 94 04 55 54.

Nearby Brignoles also has a stable, Haras du Val de Camps, at Chemin du Val de Camps. To arrange a ride, the phone numbers are Tel #1 : 04 94 69 30 65 and Tel #2 : 06 85 69 23 18.

Hot Air Ballooning
Imagine floating over fields red with blooming poppies. Or hazy purple from row upon row of lavender. Or floating above a medieval castle. There are several companies that offer hot air balloon trips in Provence.

Hot Air Ballooning Provence
Le Mas Fourniguière - Joucas
84220 Gordes
Tél : +33 4 90 05 79 21

La Provence en Ballon
BP 17 - Traverse Castel Mouisson - 13570 Barbentane
Tel +33 4 90 95 53 28

Kayaking
K-noe is located here in Correns and offers kayak trips down the River Argens. After a lovely drive several miles up stream, you're then left to your own devices to get back! But don't worry - instruction is also offered.Tennis
It was former French President, Francois Mitterand, who said that every village in France should have a tennis court. This is true in Correns. Our local court is located beside the Cooperative Agricole and has been recently re-surfaced. New netting has also been added. Incidentally, the court is not often used by the locals and is almost always available to visitors. Do you have raquets available?

Tourist Excursions
Lonely Planet Guides can do a much better job than I when when it comes to writing about Provence, its art and its culture. Here are a few trips, however, that are well worth making that are within an hour’s drive from La Toscane.

Les Calanques de Cassis by Boat
Les Gorges du Verdon, Le Lac de St. Croix and Moustiers Ste Marie.
La Musee de Prehistoire in Quinson designed by British Architect, Sir Norman Foster.
L’Abbaye du Thoronet

The Coastal Resorts of St. Tropez
St-Raphae/Frejus and Cannes.
If visiting Frejus, pass by the shop, Traiteur VAN DAM, situated in the Port of Frejus, and pick up your pre-ordered “Soupe de Poissons” to enjoy back at La Toscane. It is the best soup on the Riviera.
Van Dam Telephone: (+33) 04 94 17 06 98.