Royal Ostend Golf Club, Bruges
Founded in 1903 and designed by Seymour Dunn, Royal Ostend Golf Club is a true links course and was originally built to attract tourists to the nearby town of Ostend. The course is laid out amongst the sand dunes right next to the North Sea. The course and clubhouse were destroyed during the first world war and had to be rebuilt and it suffered the same fate during the second world war. It reopened in 1948 and was then renovated in the 1990’s under the direction of Martin Hawtree. The Clubhouse also was redesigned at the same time. The continual development of the course to keep it relevant to the demands of today’s golfers saw extensive work carried out on five of the greens in 2006.
Royal Ostend Golf Club Is Belgium’s Only True Links Course!
From the back tees its nearly 6000 yards with a par of 70. There are two par fives and three par threes on each of the nine holes . It doesn’t have to be long to be difficult as there is usually a breeze blowing especially from the 5th hole onwards which is the start of the sea side part of the course. On most of the holes the tees or the greens are elevated and the well positioned pot bunkers require accurate shots to negotiate them. One of the best short holes is the 8th where you hit from an elevated tee to a relatively large green which is guarded by bunkers and if you miss the green your ball will run off in to the rough. Although it only requires a short iron you will be happy to make a par and walk on.
The Clubhouse is a lovely design painted white it really stands out against its backdrop and inside there are all the facilities you would expect from a modern golf club. Although it’s a relatively flat course and easily walk-able buggies are available as well as club hire through the well stocked pro shop.
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