Belgium

Think of Belgium and surely chocolate, beer and perhaps Belgian fries spring to mind? If that’s not a good enough reason to visit, then how about the friendly Belgians themselves who speak three official languages (Dutch, French and German) but also converse fluently in English, their fourth but unofficial language? OK then, this will do the job:

According to the Royal Belgian Golf Federation, there are 91 affiliated golf clubs in Belgium and more than 64,000 recognised golf club members, as officially confirmed in January 2018. A few of Belgium’s courses are potentially world-class and we currently feature twenty of the best. To get your appetite whetted, simply scroll down and check out some of the best Royal courses in Continental Europe.

For those wondering why there are so many “Royal” courses within such a relatively small golfing country, the answer lies in the fact that Belgian golf clubs automatically adopt the title in their name when they have been in operation for fifty years.

Our rankings of the Top 20 Golf Courses of Belgium were last updated in January 2018. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Belgium

Royal Zoute (Championship)

1st Belgium Ranking

Belgium's Royal Zoute Golf Club is situated near Knocke sur Mer on the North Sea coast and has been described by Nick Faldo as a "hidden gem".

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Description: Belgium's Royal Zoute Golf Club is situated near Knocke sur Mer on the North Sea coast and has been described by Nick Faldo as a "hidden gem". Rating: 4.1538461538462 out of 6

Royal Limburg

2nd Belgium Ranking

Not unlike a British heathland course, the layout at Royal Limburg Golf Club twists and turns through beautiful woodland.

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Description: Not unlike a British heathland course, the layout at Royal Limburg Golf Club twists and turns through beautiful woodland. Rating: 5 out of 6

Royal Belgium (Old)

3rd Belgium Ranking

Royal Golf Club de Belgique, or Ravenstein as it is known, is one of the most important courses in Belgium, founded in 1906 and redesigned by the flamboyant Englishman Tom Simpson...

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Description: Royal Golf Club de Belgique, or Ravenstein as it is known, is one of the most important courses in Belgium, founded in 1906 and redesigned by the flamboyant Englishman Tom Simpson... Rating: 4 out of 6

Royal Fagnes

4th Belgium Ranking

Royal Golf Club des Fagnes was laid out at great expense and it was designed by the flamboyant English architect, Tom Simpson, amongst heather and pine.

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Description: Royal Golf Club des Fagnes was laid out at great expense and it was designed by the flamboyant English architect, Tom Simpson, amongst heather and pine. Rating: 4.8 out of 6

Royal Sart Tilman

5th Belgium Ranking

Tom Simpson routed the course at Royal Sart Tilman Golf Club over high ground to the south of Liège and the glorious rolling wooded terrain provides a tricky golfing challenge.

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Description: Tom Simpson routed the course at Royal Sart Tilman Golf Club over high ground to the south of Liège and the glorious rolling wooded terrain provides a tricky golfing challenge. Rating: 4.5 out of 6

Royal Waterloo (La Marache)

6th Belgium Ranking

The golf course La Marache at the Royal Waterloo Golf Club is one of Fred Hawtree's finest designs, which his son redeveloped in 2007.

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Description: The golf course La Marache at the Royal Waterloo Golf Club is one of Fred Hawtree's finest designs, which his son redeveloped in 2007. Rating: 6 out of 6

Royal Ostend

7th Belgium Ranking

Belgium’s only links course – Royal Ostend – was founded in 1903 and it’s a technically challenging test of golf amongst the coastal dunes.

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Description: Belgium’s only links course – Royal Ostend – was founded in 1903 and it’s a technically challenging test of golf amongst the coastal dunes. Rating: 4.8888888888889 out of 6

Royal Antwerp (Tom Simpson)

8th Belgium Ranking

Royal Antwerp was inaugurated in 1888 and it’s the oldest golf club in Belgium. It’s also one of continental Europe’s masterpieces.

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Description: Royal Antwerp was inaugurated in 1888 and it’s the oldest golf club in Belgium. It’s also one of continental Europe’s masterpieces. Rating: 4.3333333333333 out of 6

Hulencourt (Le Vallon)

9th Belgium Ranking

The fairways at Golf Club d’Hulencourt’s 27-hole complex occupy a largely open, gently undulating site that’s still maturing with age.

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National Golf Brussels (Championship)

10th Belgium Ranking

The National Golf Brussels course lies less than a 30-minute drive from the city centre where the clubhouse and some holes sit within the Sterrebeek Hippodrome, a former horse racing circuit.

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