Royal Latem - Belgium

Royal Latem Golf Club,
Latemstraat 120,
9830 Sint-Martens-Latem,
Belgium


  • +32 (0) 9 282 54 11

  • Philippe Buysse

  • Geo Pannell, Fred Hawtree

  • Sophie Leten and Jan Verplancke

Royal Latem Golf Club, the centurion, was founded in 1909 and is one of Belgium’s oldest golf clubs. Geo Pannell, who was commissioned by Albert Feyerick to route 18 holes over his hunting estate, originally designed the course at Sint-Martens-Latem. We think Pannell was the English professional (George Pannell), who won the inaugural Dutch Open in 1912, but please let us know if we are incorrect in our assumption.

Originally called the Société Coopérative Golf Club des Buttes Blanches, or “les Buttes Blanches” for short, the club was granted royal status in 1928. Sadly, the Germans commandeered the course during the Second World War and it was a struggle to return it to its former glory after the occupation. Thankfully and largely due to president, Jean Delori, the club fully recovered and even played host to three Belgian Opens in the 1950s, which were won by Albert Pelissier (1951), Flory Van Donck (1956) and Bernard Hunt (1957).

In the 1970s, the golf club changed its name to Royal Latem and continued to flourish, aided by a series of alterations and improvements (most notably to the 17th) implemented by Fred Hawtree. Set on a fairly compact site of approximately 100 acres, this engaging parkland course requires a technical approach in order to post a score.

Royal Latem 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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Description: 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. Rating: 6 out of 6 Reviews: 1

Having just returned from a golf tour in Belgium where 7 of us played Oudenaarde both courses , Royal Zoute x2 and the Royal Latem I find it hard to believe that this course is rated outside the top 5! We have been golf touring for 14 years now around the UK, France and now Belgium and all of us feel that it is the best course we have played so far, closely followed by the Royal Zoute. Stunning scenery, beautifully manicured greens and a challenging course layout. Not to mention the outstanding facilities and picturesque club house. A must for anyone golfing in Belgium! The Roayal Latem is what golf should be!
6 / 6
Royal Latem
May 27, 2014


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