Golf in Belgium offers some of the oldest and finest courses across Europe. There are around 90 associated golf clubs and over 50,000 known golf club members. Belgium is known for its charming cities and there’s no better way to explore these by combining sightseeing with some truly exceptional golf.
It is easy to spend a morning drifting aimlessly through the impressive squares in the capital city of Brussels , and then head to one of the several courses that are conveniently situated around the city.
The Wallonia region, which has a strong golfing tradition, is easily accessible from Brussels, and is home to around 30 courses, including the ancient Ravenstein Royal Club of Belgium , founded in 1906 by King Leopold II. There are numerous courses with the name ‘Royal’ in them. This is because the Belgian courses accept the title fifty years after they are founded.
An extremely pleasant feature of the courses in Wallonia is the amount of club houses which have been converted from old castles and farmhouses.
Basing yourself in Brussels allows you to be within touching distance of Bruges, one of Europe’s most popular medieval tourist attractions, and also makes the North coast where there are some great courses, easily accessible.
On the other hand, look towards the roaming countryside and appealing rustic towns of the South for a rather different experience.
Unlike many other European countries, it is often said that the best golf in Belgium is not played during the summer months, but from the end of autumn until the beginning of spring, when the temperate weather provides great conditions for a day of golf. The comparatively warm winters offer a superb opportunity for a golfing holiday and although it may not be as warm as its southern counterparts, Belgian golf courses maintain a consistently high standard all year round. Top quality golf packages are available throughout the year including holidays, short breaks and golf weekends.
Green fees in Belgium are extremely reasonable, and are comparatively much cheaper than in more popular Southern European destinations.
There are numerous places to explore whilst not playing golf; the incredible history of the country is exhibited throughout Waterloo, Brussels, and Bruges with its various museums and galleries, where there are some magnificent pieces of art. If culture isn’t your thing, then look no further than the new, international bars and pubs offering a wide range of local beers and fantastic food.
A number of airlines fly to Brussels from all across Europe, and it’s easy to get to the middle of the Wallonia region by flying to Charleroi Airport. There are a number of other ways to reach Belgium; one is taking the ever-reliable Eurostar and the other is heading across with your own car via the Eurotunnel or cross-Channel ferry. The network of roads across Belgium are all of excellent quality, and easily navigable.
There are plenty of places to stay during your golf holiday in Belgium . Over the past few years, there has been an influx of luxury hotels. The new hotels include the Radisson, the Be Manos and the Dominican Brussels and almost all of the luxury hotels in Belgium have obtained regular scores of more than 8/10 in reviews posted online. There are just over 30,000 beds in hotels, hostels and guest houses available in Brussels with the entire range of stars available. The majority are within walking distance of the city centre and tourist attractions. The hotels rank comparatively well; especially for food and drink, public transportation and the key tourist highlights.
Whilst Belgium has three official languages (Dutch, French and German), the majority also speak fluent English, and are more than happy to welcome you to their golf courses.
The moderately mild weather throughout the year, comparatively inexpensive green fees, proximity of the golf clubs to one another, and the huge variety of courses are just some of the reasons why the popularity of golf holidays in Belgium has increased in the last few years, and makes it a great destination for your next golf holiday.