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Destination Golf Media Ltd ■ PUBLISHER Dermot Synnott ■ EDITOR Karl Doyle

■ CONTRIBUTORS Andrew Marshall Paul Marshall Aidan Bradley ■ DIRECTOR Vincent Synnott


■ OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR Helen Duggan INTERNATIONAL OFFICES/ REPRESENTATION • Albert Ferrer (Spain) • Peter Barnes (UK) • Gene Oberto (Sweden) • Gianni Attanasio (Italy) • David Cooney (China) • Maarten Hageman (Netherlands) • Benjamin Oosterveer (Tunisia & Morocco)

Front Cover: Keerbergen Golf Club Par-4 17th

Destination Golf arrives in North Africa


We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Benjamin Oosterveer, who will assume the role of Destination Golf’s representative for the Tunisia and Morocco Golf Markets.

Benjamin has previously worked in import/export and the retail industry before finally ending up in the travel business. After working as Sales & Marketing Executive for a golf resort, he changed career and worked as Travel Contract Supervisor for a company specialising in private jets. After that, he was invited to join the Regional Tourist Board of Lisbon as their Golf Product Manager – with full responsibility to manage and promote Lisbon Golf Coast. Since leaving Lisbon Golf Coast, Benjamin is occupied with organising golf tournaments in Northern African countries and incoming business with Premium Leisure & Events. His diverse range of experience, knowledge and skills will provide an invaluable asset to Destination Golf, and we’re thrilled to call Benjamin a member of our team. 'Golf & beer’ – some things in life are just meant to go together, and few places combine these twin pleasures quite like Belgium. Our travelling duo of Andrew and Paul Marshall report back from a recent Press Trip to Belgium, sinking a few putts and a few brews on a golfing journey through the historic Flanders region. Our golf club feature for this issue brings us to The Belfry. Globally recognised for its Ryder Cup heroics, the stunning Championship course has provoked some of the most dramatic moments in the history of golf. Our first resort feature takes us to Hyatt Regency Hotel in Hua Hin, a relatively unknown golf destination in Thailand – just waiting to be discovered. Our second resort feature brings us to the South of France to review the 4-star Dolce Fregate Provence Hotel, set on the edge of a clifftop with stunning Mediterrean views. Enjoy!

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COSTA BAJA GOLF CLUB La Paz, Mexico Page 6-7

COSTA BAJA GOLF CLUB La Paz, Mexico Page 8-9

PARISIMO DEL MAR GOLF CLUB La Maz, Mexico Page 10-11

TURTLE DUNES GOLF CLUB Acapulco, Mexico Page 12-13

PUNTA MITA GOLF CLUB Punta Mita, Mexico Page 14-15



Katy, Texas Page 16-17

Fort Worth, Texas Page 18-19


PAINTED DUNES GOLF CLUB El Paso, Texas Page 22-23



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Andrew Marshall reports from Flanders Page 28-33

Thailand Page 34-39


THE BELFRY Sutton Coldfield, England

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his is the scene. It’s late July and the sun is still shining as we walk off the 18th green after our opening round at Kampenhout Golf Club, a forgiving parkland course around a 20-minute drive from Brussels Airport.

Words: Andrew Marshall

Photos: Paul Marshall

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We quickly settle down at a table outside the clubhouse to run through our scorecards and order two Leffe Blondes, which duly arrive in their uniquely embossed glasses, individually shaped to enhance the aroma and taste. We both take a sip, grin at each other and raise our glasses – it’s a great start to our five-day ‘Golf and Beer’ journey through the historic towns and cities of the Flanders region, staying in top-drawer accommodation, teeing it up on a variety of courses with plenty of beers along the way.

‘Golf and beer’ - so and few places co Brothers ANDREW brews on a golfing

From Golf Club Kampenhout in Wildersedreef, we drive 15km to the well-preserved city of Mechelen, an excellent base for golfers with over 30 courses being within a 45-minute drive. We check in at the fabulous Martin’s Patershof (Karmelietenstraat 4) for two nights - a wonderful church that has been brilliantly transformed into an unprecedented 4-star hotel. Many of the original church elements like stained-glass windows, the altar and stone pillars feature throughout the hotel and its signature suite is one of the most photographed in Europe.

After a shower, a siesta and a beer in the hotel bar we head out to explore charming Mechelen, which is similar to Bruges – but without the crowds. The residents of Mechelen take great pride in their quartet of UNESCO World Heritage sites, the most famous of these being the iconic St Rumbold’s Tower that took some 300 years to complete. Climb the 538 steps to a skywalk at the top of the 97 metre-high tower for

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ome things in life are just meant to go together ombine these twin pleasures quite like Belgium. W & PAUL MARSHALL sink a few putts and a few g journey through the historic Flanders’ region.


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The ‘Abbey No. 8’ Beer Shop in Antwerp sells a superb range of Belgian beer and brews

The 13th century Medieval castle of Het Steen near Antwerp

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From previous page breathtaking views. The Grote Markt, or main town square – the 14th century belfort (belfry) and Lakenhalle (merchants’ cloth hall) complete the UNESCO listed sites. Mechelen is also famous for its local beers, and there’s plenty of bars and eating options within a well-struck drive of the hotel. The brewery Het Anker (Guido Gezellelaan 49), situated next to a rambling brassiere serving the brewery’s main beers, is well worth a visit. Het Anker won double gold at the World Beer Awards 2012, with its Gouden Carolus Tripel: ‘World’s Best Belgian Style Tripel’ and its Gouden Carolus Classic: ‘World’s Best Dark Beer’, which was also selected as one of the ‘World’s Best 7 Beers’. "For me, beer means friends, happiness, and enjoyment," says parttime brewery guide and cathedral bellman, Francois Schouwer, as we share some beers with him at the brassiere’s bar. The following morning we drive 20 minutes to nearby Keerbergen Golf Club for our second round. Designed by Ken Cotton, Frank Pennick and Charles Hawtree in 1968, this fine trio of golf architects have created an intriguing course for players of all levels routed in and around the shores of Lake Keerbergen. Although it’s a short layout by today’s standards, measuring a modest 5,503 metres from the back tees, Keerbergen’s tight tree-lined fairways, numerous dog-legs and sizable water hazards (including Lake Keerbergen itself) provide a stern technical test.


Amazingly, I finish with a birdie after a well-positioned drive, a laserlike 6-iron to the putting surface and a holed eight-footer to finish in style. Keerbergen is a local members club, and being fairly forgiving and easy to walk, it’s a popular course with more mature players. Visitors are warmly welcomed and the clubhouse bistro is a great place for a drink or a bite to eat while discussing the day’s golf. In the late afternoon we take a side trip to nearby Antwerp. The heart of this cool, cosmopolitan city is the historic city square known as the Grote Markt, which features lovely 16th century Guildhouses and the Statue of Brabo with the giant’s hand. Just around the corner

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The 17th green and clubhouse at Golf Club Kampenhout

A colourful selection of St. Bernardus Abbey Ales

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The signature room at Martin’s Patershof - a wonderful church in Mechelen. PHoTo: MArTiN’S HoTeLS.

is the 14th-century Cathedral of our Lady, the tallest building in the city and home to several triptychs (a work of art consisting of three hinged panels) by Baroque painter Rubens. Tucked away in backstreets and cobbled lanes around the Grote Markt are a host of bars and taverns (the city has around 2,500 taverns - one for every 200 inhabitants), providing plenty of options to further your Belgian beer education. A good place to begin is the Den Engel (Grote Markt 3), an atmospheric place with wooden benches, mirrored walls and coloured mosaic flooring. Join the locals at the bar or, if the weather is pleasant, sit outside with your beer of choice and laze away the afternoon people-watching. Before leaving Antwerp don’t forget to peruse the shelves inside Abbey No.8 (Handschoenmarkt 8), a specialist beer store selling hundreds of Belgian varieties including Abbey beers (Leffe and Brugge Tripel), Trappist beers (Chimay, Orval, Westmalle and Rochefort) and beers from micro breweries such as De Dolle Brouwers, St. Jozef and ter Dolen. It’s just the place to buy a selection of brews to take back home, the only question being – will there be enough room in the golf bag? On the third day of our trip, a very different test

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of golf from the previous two rounds awaits us in the form of Millennium Golf – a well-groomed 18-hole championship course with an inland links character, about 85 km west of Mechelen. Built on a site that was once a peat bog and laid out on a largely flat and open landscape bordered by artificial lakes, water is never far from proceedings and comes into play on several holes. Millennium’s closing hole, ‘Home Challenge’, is a beauty. With water all the way to the green, it’s drivable if you hit it like Tiger Woods but most people, including ourselves, take the safer route to the fairway on the right, leaving a mid to short iron to the dance floor. Millennium’s main 18 holes are ably supported by the 9-hole ‘Compact’ course, a 6-hole ‘Bambini’ course and a superb two-tier driving range and practise area that duplicates the conditions of the main course, with greens situated among bodies of water. After a cold, refreshing beer at Millennium’s fine 19th hole, we drive 56km to the old Burgundian university town of Leuven (situated only 33km from Brussels and 27km from the main airport), to spend the night at Martin’s Klooster (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwstraat). The former residence of Guy Morillon, secretary to Charles V, Martin’s Klooster boasts 39 rooms in the original 16th century monastery and 64 new rooms in the new section and combines the charms of the past with contemporary 4-star comfort. It’s conveniently situated within strolling distance of the town’s historical centre. Few towns in Flanders have as much appeal as Leuven (the largest university town in Belgium), where history, culture, architecture, gastronomy and, of course, beer are intermingled to form a compelling cocktail. Leuven offers some key attractions and

Antwerp’s historic square known as the Grote Markt

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Martin’s Hotels wonderful transformed church in Mechelen. Photo: Martin's Hotels.

Tour the Stella Artois brewery in Leuven and learn all about brewing

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Mechelen's most iconic landmark is the imposing St rum

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activities including the dazzling Gothic Town Hall, the own special flavours and characteristics. ‘Beers and Birdies in Belgium’ – it makes a vibrant atmosphere of the Old Market Square, the refreshing change from the more familiar European demure magnificence of the Sint-Pieterskerk, the golfing destinations. herbal gardens and, finally, a visit to the Stella “Cheers!” – or, as the locals say, “à votre santé!” Artois Brewery, the largest in the world. Arguably the best 18 holes of our trip and not to be missed is the last one – Golf du Bercuit. Designed by the renowned Robert Trent Jones Snr in 1968, this top-notch course is routed through a beautifully hilly area of mature woodland. Featuring numerous elevation changes, narrow tree-lined fairways, blind shots and fast undulating greens it requires good physical and golfing form with a strategic approach to plotting your way around. From forgiving parkland courses and tight forest layouts to Trappist ales and lambics, both the golf and the beers of the Flanders’ region have their

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Golfers’ Guide to Belgian, cloudy, • BLANCHE OR WHITE - Often called wheat beer, it

and with a hint of citrus. Example: Hoegaarden by • LAMBIC - A non-malted draft wheat beer naturally fermented wild, airborne yeasts. Specific to the Brussels area. • GUEUZE - A blend of two or more Lambic beers to create a secondary fermentation and a Champagne-like sparkle. r • FARO - A sweetened variety of Lambic with some of the flavou but less of the intensity of other Lambics. ht • KRIEK - A Lambic beer in which further fermentation is broug about with the addition of cherries or raspberries. • BROWN - These beers interplay caramel-like malty sweetness and a sourness gained from several months of maturation. • RED - Produced from red barley, these beers are aged in oak. Fruity, sweet and sour, very thirst-quenching! Example: Rodenbach • GOLDEN - Similar to Pilsner lagers, made using very pale malts and hops, while retaining ale yeasts. Example: Duvel • TRAPPIST – Only beer brewed under the direct supervision of are Trappist monks may be designated as “Trappist” beer. There ple: Exam um. Belgi in currently seven such breweries , six of them Westmalle


There are a total of 9 Martin’s Hotels in various parts of Belgium all providing unique and comfortable bases for golfers including: Martin’s Patershof (Mechelen), Martin’s Klooster (Leuven), Martin’s Manoir & Chateau Du Lac (Genval), Martin’s Grand Hotel & Martin’s Lodge (Waterloo), Martin’s Brugge & Martin’s Relais (Brugge) and Martin’s Central Park (Brussels).


Golf Club Kampenhout: Keerbergen Golf Club: Millennium Golf: Winge Golf & Country Club: Golf du Bercuit:

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A path of discovery H

Hua Hin is a traditional Thai resort which

blends popular tourism attractions, such

as its five mile long beach, with the old world

charms of its active fishing port. Although

relatively unknown as a golf destination, Hua Hin

does in fact provide the highest concentration of

world class golf courses of anywhere in Thailand

– all just waiting to be discovered.

Golfers traveling to this area will enjoy low

green fee rates on any of the nine local courses,

with the nearest course just a 10-minute drive

from the Hua Hin beach resort.

Hyatt Regency Hua Hin is set in lush

landscaped gardens on the beachfront. Its 213

elegantly appointed guestrooms include

residential spa suites with private balconies.

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The resort offers a family-friendly environment

that features the largest recreational facilities in

Hua Hin, including the fun and apparently never-

ending interconnecting free-form swimming

pools, which include a 22 metre long, seven

metre high water slide and a unique beach pool. Hyatt Regency Hua Hin offers everything you

need for a perfectly memorable stay. Four restaurants and bars provide home-style

traditional Thai and Italian cuisine, as well as fresh seafood specialties and tasty Asian

noodles. In addition to the resort, THE BARAI - an

award-winning residential spa - is located on the

beachfront land adjacent to the resort and

provides eight exclusive residential spa suites

and 18 exotic treatment rooms. Other activities

at Hyatt Regency Hua Hin include tennis lessons

from pros and Thai boxing classes.

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olce Frégate Provence

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Hotel Dolce FrĂŠgate Provenc

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Ooh la la in Provence


lose to the international Marseille-

Provence airport lies the 4-Star Dolce

Fregate Provence.

The hotel’s extensive facilities include

outdoor and indoor pools, saunas, a jacuzzi,

fitness centre, beauty centre and more.

It is an ideal base to explore Provence –

including wine tasting trips, unique sandy

beaches or the quaint fishing village of Cassis. The 18-hole par-72 Dolce Fregate Golf

Course is set among a vineyard, pine trees, rock gardens and sweet-scented shrubs.

Designed by the famous American architect

Ronald W. Fream, it is regularly recognised as one of the most beautiful courses in Europe.

Get the camera ready for hole number 10,

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From previous page as this picturesque hole offers striking views out over the Mediterranean Sea. The second

course is called Fregalon golf course - a short

par-29 9-hole course that is the perfect place

for beginners to practice, while still boasting the same stimulating experience and landscapes. Dolce Fregate Golf Course also offers an

exclusive golf academy which use unique

training concepts from trained professionls.

Using video software and swing simulators, their

training courses help you to learn golf quicker and more efficiently, and is highly regarded.

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In the footsteps of legends


ollow in the footsteps of legends that

have played at The Belfry and experience

world-famous holes, stunning views and exhilarating match play.

As the UK headquarters of the PGA and spiritual

home of the Ryder Cup, the noble game and The

Belfry are inextricably linked. The stunning

Championship courses at The Belfry, sculpted from

550 acres of lush North Warwickshire countryside,

have provoked some of the most dramatic

moments in the history of golf.

All three courses offer golfers totally different

golfing experiences. The Brabazon – an

internationally recognised tournament course with

majestic fairways and carpet smooth greens. The

PGA National - an inland links with fast-running

greens and deep bunkers. The Derby - a relaxing challenge for players of all abilities.

Experience world-class golf tuition at England’s

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From previous page only PGA National Academy, a centre of

excellence for golf. Its resources include five

custom fitting suites, a 34-bay floodlit driving

range, short game area, state-of-the-art video

analysis, practice facilities and launch monitor


Complete your experience at The Shop,

recently voted as the ‘UK’s Best Pro Shop’ by

Golf World magazine, and the largest on-course shop in Europe.

Other Facilities include 22 conference rooms,

Health & Wellness facilities, a Spa, a range of restaurants and bars, a nightclub and 1,000 free car parking spaces.

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