Royal Golf Club de Belgique, or Ravenstein as it is better known is laid out on regal land. Founded in 1906 and redesigned by the flamboyant Englishman Tom Simpson, Royal Belgium is one of the most important courses in the country.
Ravenstein takes its name from its inaugural owner, Philippe de Cleves, Squire of Ravenstein. Involvement from the King ensured that the stately trees, which flank the fairways, are of the highest standard and they include a variety of rare species that were taken from the arboretum near the “Bois des Capucins”.
A number of changes have been made to Simpson’s original design but the Old course at Ravenstein remains true to the original architectural principles.
With King Albert II as the club president there is no doubt that this is a well-heeled club, which simply must be sampled. You can spend the most agreeable day here at Royal Belgium Golf Club and play 27 holes thanks to the addition of a super nine-hole course called the New, which was laid out in 1951 by Philip Mackenzie Ross, shortly after he had put the finishing touches to the wonderful Ailsa course at Turnberry.
October 27, 2011