Discover Benelux, Issue 45, September 2017

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Discover Benelux  |  Golf Destinations of the Month  |  Belgium

G O L F D E S T I N AT I O N S O F T H E M O N T H , B E L G I U M

Get into the swing of things at Koksijde TEXT: MYRIAM GWYNNED DIJCK  |  PHOTOS: KOKSIJDE GOLF TER HILLE

The rough and flowing dunes of Koksijde Golf ter Hille make for a unique golfing experience. The challenging links course stands out for its natural, coastal character and welcomes all players, from veterans to complete beginners, with open arms. Golf ter Hille in Koksijde boasts a full, 18hole course, the Langeleed, as well as a nine-hole course, the Hazebeek, which is perfect for aspirants and families. “Part of our vision for the course is to introduce new people to golfing, especially young people,” says course secretary Jan Deramoudt. Opened in May 2014, Golf ter Hille is a publicly funded project overseen by the local council. “Because of this, it is our mission to make golf more accessible, to visitors as well as the local community. We work with attractive day rates, and everyone is welcome in the club house.” 86  |  Issue 45  |  September 2017

Working together with local schools, Golf ter Hille offers students free introduction sessions and there are themed events such as Halloween and Back2School competitions. For adults, there are also regular introduction sessions. “While we have a public character, we don’t compromise on quality. That’s why our introduction groups are never bigger than eight people and are taught by professional golf coaches,” Deramoudt adds. The pride of Golf ter Hille is their par 72 Langeleed course, which offers plenty of challenges to even the most seasoned players. Deramoudt continues: “This course is the cream of the crop and in October we will once again host Belgium’s PGA Masters here. This will be our third time in a row, which is quite special for such a new course.” The smaller par 31 Hazebeek course lends itself perfectly for players who want

to hone their skills. He says: “It features some tricky and surprising holes, and is popular with families.” The course is set in a beautiful and tranquil landscape, that also lends itself perfectly for a relaxing walk, a picnic or bird watching. “In fact, we offer guided bird watching walks and we maintain an ‘insect hotel’ to help the pollination of the flowering plants on the grounds.”

Golf ter Hille hosts competitions for various skill levels throughout the year. See the website for more information, fees and how to sign up.