Discover Benelux | Golfing Glory | Special Feature
GOLF IN FLANDERS
Visit, play, enjoy TEXT: BERTHE VAN DEN HURK | PHOTOS: GOLF IN FLANDERS
Flanders is probably best known for its chocolate, beer and waffles. What many of us do not know is that Flanders is a perfect place to play golf. The Flemish Golf Federation (VVG) wants to promote Flanders as a top-class golf destination where 54 golf clubs are happy to welcome you for a lovely round of golf or for a challenging workout of your swing. “Flanders has some of the best and most beautiful golf courses at relatively short distances from each other and from the tourist attractions nearby, but it is unknown for many tourists and expats,” says Katrien Pauwels, project manager of Golf in Flanders. “Our golf clubs have all the required facilities: varied and well-kept courses to suit every skill level, good food and great beer at the club house and lots of heritage to 14 | Issue 28 | April 2016
discover.” Flanders and golf is a relatively unknown combination. Nevertheless, Flanders has everything for a great golfing vacation or a day trip during a stay in Belgium. People love to play golf because it is something you do with friends, family or business contacts. Pauwels: “And it is something to do outdoors. Who doesn’t want to go out into the countryside to breathe fresh air and see lots of nature? Golf is both relaxing and challenging, something everyone can become better at. There’s also plenty of time for socialising in the bar afterwards. Like aprèsski, après-golf in the ‘nineteenth hole’ is maybe the most fun part of playing the game.” With support of the State Tourist Department, the Flemish Golf Federation has created a website to provide visitors with
everything they need to plan their holiday in Flanders. “You can pin your favorite golf clubs as well as your favorite touristic sights or leisure-activities on your personal page. You can make a tee time reservation and payment online or take advantage of one of the offered packages and deals.” According to Pauwels there is a great location for everyone, whether you are a beginner or an advanced golfer, or when you are on a holiday or in between meetings. “I want to take this opportunity to invite you to come and experience golf in Flanders on the most amazing spots, such as the Antwerp Harbour, in the shadow of a medieval castle or on the former battlefield of the First World War. Come and visit, play and enjoy.” www.golfinflanders.com
Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.