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Discover Benelux | Special Theme | Golfing Glory
Golf in an authentic Alsatian setting Golf de Mormal has gone a long way since its re-opening in 1993. With a clubhouse built on the site of what used to be a farm, combined with a vast expanse of land covered by the golf course, enter a world of exquisite peace and beautiful natural surroundings. TEXT: BETTINA GUIRKINGER | PHOTOS: GOLF DE MORMAL
With the ambition of making new players fall in love with golf and keep the fire alive for the more regular players, the club has gained a membership of over 500 people from all age groups, on top of the 8,000 day-visitors from France, Luxembourg and Belgium. Close to the ancient forest of Mormal and only fifteen minutes away from the city of valencienne, the domain spreads over 58 hectares of fresh air and a country-side feel.
golf course as green as possible, with the planting of 2,500 trees over the past twenty years. “We are proud to offer an atmosphere that doesn’t suffer from any pollution. In fact you don’t even hear any cars around here, just the songs of the birds,” says director Philippe Alleard. “It is important to us to respect the natural environment of our region, and work with it, not against it. This is also what allows our customers to truly re-energise.”
The 18-hole golf course blends in effortlessly in the context. Designed by the regional French architect Jean-Claude Cornillot, the layout aims to offer a parcours that would be enjoyable yet challenging. To break from city stress and work, a lot of effort was put into making the
For those looking to improve their game, golf teacher Christophe Bataille will work closely with his students to evaluate their technical skills, carry out a mechanical analysis to determine the most comfortable movement and provide advice on the best gear to use. With a parcours spreading
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over 6,022 metres in length, there is plenty to improve and build on. Beginners also have the option to start on a more compact 6-hole course before heading to the full-scale experience. The youngest ones are welcome to participate in the babygolf (starting at five-years-old) to get into the golfing spirit. The clubhouse is located in the old farm of l’Avesnois. Here, customers will find a restaurant, a bar and a common area. Relax on the magnificent terrace with a lovely view of the golf course and learn from other players’ games while sipping on a refreshment. The restaurant offers a lunch-menu every day at midday, with a possibility to organise evening menus for a group of twenty people or more. Next to the restaurant is a
Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and France.