Rinkven (South) - Belgium

Rinkven Golf Club,
Sint-Jobsteenweg 120,
2970 's Gravenwezel,

  • +32 (0)3 380 1280

  • Golf Club Website

  • 12 miles NE of Antwerp via the E19 highway

  • Welcome, book in advance

  • Ben Ooms

  • Paul Rolin, Russell Talley

  • Simon Crosby

First known as Antwerp International Golf & Country Club when it was established as a 27-hole facility in the 1980s, Rinkven Golf Club had an additional nine holes added in 2006 to allow the formation of two 18-hole championship courses, both originally designed by Paul Rolin.

The slightly shorter Old course consisted of the original Red and White nines, with the old Yellow loop (added in 1986) and new Blue loop comprising the Championship layout. All four 9-hole circuits enjoy a tranquil, wooded setting with tree-lined fairways leading to well-bunkered, smallish greens.

In 2014, a masterplan spearheaded by Russell Talley of Hawtree Ltd. has led to the complete redesign of six holes and major alterations to two holes across both courses at Rinkven Golf Club. Each 18-hole course has been horizontally separated and renamed the North and South courses – the latter was formerly known as the Old course. The six new holes bring greater length to each layout and the home greens on both are now situated in front of the clubhouse.

The first phase of this ambitious project took twelve months to complete and concluded in the summer of 2016. Further renovations to both courses were then implemented during the second phase.

After an 18-year hiatus, the European Tour returned to Belgium in May 2018 for the Belgian Knockout, a new format incorporating a strokeplay knockout element. The tournament was hosted at Rinkven International Golf Club using a composite course comprising of nine holes from the South layout (holes 10-18 played as the tournament front nine) and nine holes from the North course (holes 1-9 played as the tournament back nine). Spain’s Adrian Otaegui claimed the 2018 title after beating Frenchman Benjamin Hebert by two shots.

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Description: 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. Rating: 6 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Jim McCann

I was here four years ago during a media visit when the Belgian Sixes event was taking place. To be honest, on that occasion I got as far as meeting up with a few friends in the media compound but never once set foot on the course itself to have a look at any of the holes. I got the chance to remedy that a couple of weeks ago when I returned to play the South course.

My latest trip to Belgium focused on the older “Royals” but Rinkven was one of a couple of more modern places slotted into the itinerary and it turned out to be well worth the visit. Russell Tally (when he worked with Hawtree Ltd) carried out some major alterations a few years ago to accommodate the enormous new clubhouse.

With reference to the South course, he altered the reachable par four 10th to become what is now the signature hole par three 10th and moved the old 18th green from where the forward tees on the 10th are to its current home green position. Six years further on, you’d never know the holes were anything other than what they are now.

It’s very polished parkland at Rinkven, where lovely, natural-looking water hazards come into play at half a dozen holes on the South course. Bunkering was of a very high standard and the greens were amongst the best I putted on all week. It’s easy to see why the DP World Tour hold the Belgian Open here these days as it’s a first-class modern golf complex.

Jim McCann

July 26, 2022
6 / 10
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