For those who have had their fair share of golf in France, Spain and the Algarve in Portugal, golf breaks in Belgium are a fantastic option. This little corker of a Kingdom has a lot to offer tourists and golfers in particular will be pleasantly surprised by the wealth of top class golfing options across the breadth of the country.
The Waterloo region, easily accessed from Brussels and the Brabant Walloon region, is home to some 11 courses, including classics like Royal Waterloo, and a stay here will allow you to explore Belgium’s capital, home of the European Union and some seriously impressive architecture. Bruges is also a fantastic base for a golf break. One of Europe’s most popular medieval tourist attractions, this stunning city is within easy reach of the North coast and golfing classics like Royal Zoute.
The popularity of these two regions is more than understandable, what with the pull of two of Europe’s most fascinating cities and tourist attractions a plenty, but those paying Belgium a visit should not be fooled into thinking that this is all this charming little country has to offer. The south of Belgium, or the Wallonia region, is home to quaint rural towns where you will find outstanding cuisine and world-famous beers, not to mention the stunning, hilly countryside that seems to have been heaven sent for golf course architects, is also a fantastic option for a European golf holiday.
The Southern region around the town of Marche-En-Famenne is less densely populated than many other destinations, and is perfect for a more laid back and relaxed golf break. Staying at the Quartier Latin Hotel, you will be in the heart of this charming town, and within easy driving distance of terrific golf, particularly at the Gary Player-designed Five Nations Golf Club. The beautiful countryside and warm, welcoming locals have made this area extremely popular, especially with those looking for a rural accent from their trip.
The Quartier Latin Hotel is an outstanding accommodation option for anyone considering a golf holiday in the south of Belgium.
As previously stated, the beautiful countryside of the Ardennes lends itself perfectly to the creation of golf courses and with countless years of experience in the golfing world, it comes as no surprise that Gary Player has created something for golfers to savour at the Five Nations Golf Club.
Given the distinctly undulating nature of this part of the country, Player has done an excellent job of designing a playable, and in this case, rather challenging layout that, played from the appropriate tees, can be enjoyed by golfers of all shapes and sizes.
From the higher parts of the course golfers can enjoy a number of spectacular views over Belgium’s undulating and forested Ardennes region. Variety is a key ingredient of the Five Nations layout, with an equal mix of tree-lined woodland holes that make up the majority of the front nine, and others that occupy the more open, elevated, links-esque terrain that is mainly found on the back-nine.
Five Nations Golf Club
Throughout the 6,612 yard, par 72 layout at Five Nations, there are a number of spectacular holes, most notably the par 3 13th, as well as an amazing 17th century clubhouse which boasts a peaceful terrace from which golfers can enjoy a traditional Belgian beer while recounting the day’s events.
While Five Nations is a must on any golf tour of South Belgium, golfers would be remiss to ignore Golf de Durbuy, which offers another 18 holes set in spectacular surrounds.
Durbuy is a beautiful golf course, carved through the majestic forests that make the countryside around Marche-En-Famenne so special. The par-72 layout measures 6,521 yards, not overly long by modern standards but certainly healthy enough to challenge the big hitters, presents a fantastic variety of holes that will challenge creativity above all else.
Artistry and guile are the most valuable assets around Golf De Durbuy, an Ardennes classic that has become increasingly popular with golfing visitors. The elevated greens and sloping fairways make the course extremely tricky, while Durbuy is well known for its warm welcome and impeccable conditioning.
Golf de Durbuy
As well as the top class golf courses, the Ardennes offer a multitude of leisure activities, particularly in the spring. This is the season for walking, cycling, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Horse riding, climbing and mountain biking are all on the menu as well. All this action and perspiration is not for everyone though but fear not, those who live life in the slow lane can wander through the many picturesque villages nestled in the valleys where traditions and folklore still live on, and where the region’s arts and crafts can be enjoyed.
With flight times of less than an hour from London to Liege and the Eurotunnel being a viable option as well, this region of Belgium is easily accessed and for those planning on extending their stay on mainland Europe, the likes of Amsterdam, Luxembourg and Paris are never too far away. All in all the South of Belgium offers a contrasting yet equally enjoyable stay as the more famous areas in the North and, needless to say, is a fantastic option for your next European golf break.
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