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Golfing in the Benelux region

 

Maastricht Golf Club, Netherlands
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Belgium has some of the oldest courses in Europe particularly near the capital, Brussels. The most famous is the Royal Golf Club of Belgium established in 1906. On the coast, the Royal Ostend Golf Club is the only links course in Belgium, dating back to 1903. The Brussels Golf Club allows day membership for visitors to play or attend lessons.

 
Altogether there are around 80 courses and many are open to visitors, although the top courses are restricted to members only at weekends and public holidays. The Belgian tourist site lists courses and also offers a golf pass which includes green fees at a choice of 11 courses and nearby accommodation.


Prices range from Euro 17 at a small, 6-hole course such as Golf Club Krokkebaas to Euro 100 at the Royal Golf Club of Belgium (Ravenstein). 
Straddling the Belgium-Luxembourg border is the Golf Club Gaichel offering 9 holes for Euro 20 during weekdays. Luxembourg has a total of six golf courses all open to visitors, the most expensive being the Kikuoka Country Club near the wine district of the Moselle. There’s a championship 18-hole course adjacent to the four-star hotel. The Golf Club Christnach has floodlit facilities for night practice, including a covered floodlit driving range, 18-hole putting green, and 9-hole compact course. Only 17km from Luxembourg city - but set against the forested backdrop of the Grunewald area - is the Golf Club of Luxembourg.


Golf is well established in the Netherlands, dating back to a 14th century game called “het kolven” played with a stick and a ball. The first modern-day golf clubs originate from the early 1900s. With so much flat land, golf course designers have an extra challenge in making the courses interesting. However, with much of the area below sea level, water hazards are very prevalent. Courses on the Dutch North Sea are popular due to the more dramatic scenery of sand dunes and windy coastline.


Among the nearly 100 courses in the Netherlands, the most famous are Noordwijk on the North Sea (a combination of links and pines) and Kennemer Golf and Country Club at Zandvoort with its thatched roof clubhouse, undulating links and prestige as a Dutch Open host. 
Hilversumsche is one of the most elite clubs in the Netherlands but advance bookings are available to tourists during weekdays. It has hosted numerous Dutch Opens since it was founded in 1910. Eindhovensche Golf Club has a Harry S. Colt course set in forest with multiple water features. And, if you want to combine your golf with some sightseeing, the 9-hole course of Golfclub Kagerzoom at Warmond has a signature windmill right at the 6th hole.