Royal Ostend - Belgium

Royal Ostend Golf Club,
Koninklijke Baan 2,
8420 De Haan,
Belgium


  • +32 59 23 32 83

  • Golf Club Website

  • On the edge of De Haan

  • Welcome - members only between 12pm and 2pm

Royal Ostend Golf Club was formed back in 1903 when Seymour Dunn – a relation of the famous Dunn golfing family in Musselburgh – laid out an 18-hole course on a narrow strip of dune land beside the North Sea, near De Haan.

The Ostend course and clubhouse were destroyed during hostilities in World War I and World War II but, on each occasion, the club rose like a phoenix from the ashes to ensure that links golf would continue despite all that conspired to prevent it along this stretch of coast.

Martin Hawtree renovated the layout in 1990 to meet the challenges of modern golf, at the same time respecting the original design, and his minimalist approach ensured this fine old links is as good to play today as it was over a hundred years ago. Further upgrading work was carried out in 2006 when five greens (at holes 7, 8, 10, 16 and 17) were replaced as part of a renovation plan that continues into the new millennium.

There are six par three holes on the course and many consider the 145-yard 8th to be the best of them. It is played from an elevated tee in the sand hills to a punchbowl green that slopes from back to front, with three protective bunkers to catch anything short. The stroke index may indicate it is one of the easiest holes on the card, but when the wind blows – as it often does here – a three on the card will be a very welcome score.

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Description: Belgium’s only links course – Royal Ostend – was founded in 1903 and it’s a technically challenging test of golf amongst the coastal dunes. Rating: 7.6 out of 10 Reviews: 12
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Talloen J.C.
This magnificant LINKSCOURSE, which by the way is the only links in Belgium, gives you the feeling like you are playing at The Open. Certainly between may and the end of september the course is in Championship condition with fast greens and perfect fairways, and last but not least the so typical long Rough. The course is not long but plays each time differently mainly due to the wind, especaily difficult when it's coming from the see. Enjoy the views over the dunes and the see on the tee of the 6th, 7th and 8th hole. This course is ranked 5th in Belgium but according to most Pro's it should be the absolute number one.
January 29, 2010
10 / 10
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Cedric
January 29, 2010
Absolute number one seems a bit big of an affirmation... Zoute is hard to beat!!!
steve grainger
Wouldnt really class this as a classic links - thought the majority of holes had either a woodland or parkland feel. and certainly the fairways were quite lush in a parkland type of way. Also the way the course is cut into 3 sections is a bit of a downer. Having said all that there are some good holes and if in the area its worth playing although I wouldnt travel too far out of my way. Greens werent in the best of condition, but maybe it was just a timeof year thing
November 14, 2009
4 / 10
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Talloen
January 29, 2010
The fairways were very wet during this period because of the excesive rains we had. Normally the fairways are just very dry. Concerning the greens they had just been aired to prepare them for the winter season. Even during the winter the club only had to close the course because of the snow. Otherwise we can play in good conditions the whole year round.
Matt
July 18, 2011
These comments must have struck a point with the club board. The greenkeeper was fired for watering the fairways too much and allowing poa annua to infest the course. Dozens of trees have been cut down to allow more light and air to the course and the fairways and greens are being overseeded with fescues again. Use of water is limited. In about a year or so, this links will be in top shape again, playing like a bump and run course. Oh, and to Cedric here above: Royal Zoute is NOT a links, it's a beautiful parkland course, manicured and heavily watered. A far stretch from what links golf is all about, but a gem nonetheless.