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 will be 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.