Belgian Open

The Belgian Open is a European Tour event which dates back to 1910 at Ravenstein, the home of the Royal Golf Club of Belgium, when Arnaud Massy won the 36-hole stroke play championship by five strokes from Sandy Herd and Harry Vardon.

Massy finished runner-up at the same venue the following year but that was as close as he ever got to winning the tournament for a second time. Three other Frenchmen did manage the Belgian double, however: Eugène Lafitte (1921 and 1925); Marcel Dallemagne (1927 and 1937); and Auguste Boyer (133 and 1936).

Belgian Open Championship - Knockout Trophy

The first thirteen editions of the Open were played over two 18-hole rounds before the competition changed to a 72-hole format in 1928. Eleven of the twenty-five tournaments played before World War II were held at the Royal Golf Club of Belgium, with Royal Zoute hosting on five occasions and both Royal Antwerp and Royal Golf des Fagnes staging the event three times each.

During those early years of the Belgian Open, the winning players came from either France or the British Isles but a couple of international champions from further afield emerged in 1924 and 1929 in the shape of Walter Hagen from the United States and Sid Brews from South Africa. Hagen added the Belgian Open to the French Open that he’d won four years earlier at La Boulie, while Brews would go on to win both the French and Dutch Opens in 1934 and 1935.

The first home-based player to claim the Belgian Open trophy was Flory Van Donck in 1939. This was the fourth European title he’d won, having previously triumphed in the Dutch Open in 1936 and 1937 and the Italian Open in 1938. After World War II, he won another 18 European Opens, including another four Belgian Opens,...

Belgian Open host courses

Rinkven (South)

13th Belgium Ranking

Originally known as Antwerp International Golf & Country Club when it was established in the 1980s, Rinkven Golf Club had an additional nine holes added in 2006 and now boasts two 18-hole courses.

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Royal Antwerp (Tom Simpson)

2nd Belgium Ranking 43rd Continental Europe Ranking

Royal Antwerp was inaugurated in 1888 and it’s the oldest golf club in Belgium. The course was originally laid out by Willie Park Junior in 1913 and redesigned by Tom Simpson in 1930. It’s one of continental Europe’s architectural delights.

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Royal Belgium (Old)

3rd Belgium Ranking 44th Continental Europe Ranking

Royal Golf Club de Belgique, or Ravenstein as it is known, is one of the most important courses in Belgium, founded in 1906 and redesigned by the flamboyant Englishman Tom Simpson...

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Royal Bercuit

17th Belgium Ranking

José María Olazábal lifted the Belgian Open title here at Golf du Bercuit in 1988 and in 2016 the club reached fifty years of age, therefore automatically becoming Royal Bercuit Golf Club.

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Royal Fagnes

8th Belgium Ranking

Royal Golf Club des Fagnes was laid out at great expense and it was designed by the flamboyant English architect, Tom Simpson, amongst heather and pine.

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Royal Latem

14th Belgium Ranking

Royal Latem Golf Club is strategically bunked with an occasional pond to focus the mind. The course is routed through avenues of trees, so straight and accurate ball striking is always the order of the day.

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Belgian Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Yvan Morel Courses Played 8
= Frederic Vooght Courses Played 8
= Andre Hendriks Courses Played 8
4 Ory Johan Courses Played 7
= Arnaud Galand Courses Played 7
= Dr. Michael J. Noack Courses Played 7
= Bertrand Donck Courses Played 7
8 Borje Courses Played 5
= Petro Walters Courses Played 5
= Bob McCoy Courses Played 5