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The best golf courses for holidays in Waterloo, Belgium.

Royal Waterloo - La Marache golf courseRoyal Waterloo - La Marache   Architect: F. Hawtree. 18 holes: 6271m: par 72.

The old lady of Waterloo. La Marache is an exceptional course and after a year's renovation back in absolutely first-class condition.  The holes you see from the plush clubhouse look straightforward(ish) but over the horizon the layout delves into the nooks and crannies of the forest.

Royal Waterloo - Le Lion   Architect: P. Rolin. 18 holes: 6215m: par 72 .

Le Lion is another good quality woodland second course that any self-respecting Golf Club would be pleased to own!  The land here is generally flatter and more open than La Marache, but it is a good test of golf nevertheless.
All in all: two old-style parkland layouts + a very welcoming clubhouse = a great day out.

Bercuit Golf Club - Waterloo, Belgium Bercuit  Architect: R. Trent Jones Snr.  18 holes: 5931m: par 73.

The hilly terrain of Bercuit, allied with a few streams, ponds and gulleys generates some spectacular holes.  The course itself lies in a very well-to-do residential area of Waterloo and the look and feel is of a similar standard to the desirable dwellings that surround it.

Hulencourt Golf Club Hulencourt   Architect: J-M. Rossi.   18 holes: 6215m: par 72.

A large estate that was once a manorial farm has been converted into one of Belgium's premier golf courses thanks to a huge investment by the current owner.  No expense has been spared in the construction of the course, where you will find well-drained, verdant fairways and slickly smooth Greens.
You will also be very well looked after in the small but smart clubhouse - not least by the charismatic Honorary Secretary - John Heath.

Rigenee   Architect: P. Rolin. 18 holes: 6450m: par 73.

The village of Rigenée sits quietly in the midst of vast tracts of farmland and pasture, making it a lovely spot to play golf.  The course wends its way at first through the pretty village and then broadens out onto the plain opposite.  You are assured of a great day at this most welcoming of clubs that is fiercely proud of its Solheim Cup player and is a place where the spirit of the sport is paramount.

Chateau de La Tournette Golf Club

The huge white farmhouse that nowadays forms the elegant clubhouse at La Tournette, stands guard over two contrasting courses that you would be happy to play over and over again.  It would be very hard to choose a favourite between these two highly enjoyable golf courses; your debate will run and run...

La Tournette - American golf course
Chateau de La Tournette - American   Architect: C. Clark  18 holes: 6,031m: par 72.

There is a very US feel to the 'American' course (as you might expect!) with its generously sized water hazards and generous quantity of sculpted bunkers.  Thankfully the Fairways are wider too so there is plenty of room for manoeuvre, although it may make your overall journey a little longer.  Greens are large with plenty of borrow - just to complete the US picture.

La Tournette - English golf courseLa Tournette - English   Architect: P. Alliss.  18 holes: 6,024m: par 71.

The 'English' on the other hand is more reserved course (as you might guess by the architect's laconic style) relying more on the natural features and woodland of the landscape to define each hole.  Water has however been added here and there, so expect a few surprises on your way around.

Sept Fontaines Golf Club

Two of the closest courses to Waterloo and also two of the prettiest.  The old château forms a splendid clubhouse and the dense varied foliage that surrounds it harbours two very high class courses.

Sept Fontaines - Le Chateau golf courseSept Fontaines - Le Chateau  Architect: J-M. Rossi. 18 holes: 6,066m: par 72.

The Château course at Sept Fontaines is by far the tougher of the two courses, but it is an enchanting test of golf over lovely wooded terrain with some very appealing hole design and a touch of water here and there.

Sept Fontaines - La Foret   Architect: J-M. Rossi. 18 holes: 4,870m: par 69.

Don't be fooled into thinking that the shorter Foret course is an easy stroll - you will need at least your B-game to negotiate the tight tree-lined fairways.  Ideal in the Summer months as there is plenty of shade to be found on every Fairway thanks to the towering and varied forest.

La Bawette golf courseChateau de la Bawette Architect: T. McAuley.18 holes: 6076m: par 72.

From the high château the course falls away to the river valley below, where it winds through thick forest.  The nature of the course and clubhouse belies the imposing sight of the old chateau as it is somewhat 'rustic' in character.

L'Empereur Golf Club L'Empereur Architect: M. Vercruyse (1986).  18 holes: 6,328m: par 72.

One of the newer clubs on the Waterloo scene that serves as a very good introduction to the game for local Belgians; as such it's a very good place to start your week.  The fairways are (generally) roomy and encourage use of the Driver: elevation changes make for interesting club selection...

Other local courses to consider:

La Bruyere; Louvain-la-Neuve; Pierpont.

Three courses that until now lagged behind the others in terms of quality, however recent management changes and cash injections have brought them up to scratch.  We are now happy to recommend these golf courses too for your holiday in Waterloo.

Belgian golf resorts
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Sample Itinerary

3 nights (Fri-Sun) at the Grand Hotel Waterloo in Spring or Autumn with 3 rounds of golf and Eurotunnel crossings - £464.00 per person.

 

 

Guest Comments

"10/10 for your UK Service - pleased the way all the small amendments were handled."
Mr. S. Kimberley - Kent

"10/10 overall. I hope to repeat the holiday next year and have already passed on our thoughts to other golfers in the Club."
Mr. H. Caulfield - Kent.

"8/10 Relais de Marquis hotel - Value for money.
8/10 Hulencourt - Nicely manicured.
9/10 Royal Waterloo - Excellent, very enjoyable, nice reception.
7/10 Rigenée - Very nice, good condition.
7/10 L'Empereur - Hilly, would use a buggy next time; good condition."
Mr. C. Poole - Surrey.

 

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