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Royal Waterloo (La Marache)

Lasne, Région Wallonne
Lasne, Région Wallonne
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Royal Waterloo Golf Club was founded in 1923 when golf was played at Rhode-Saint-Genèse. In 1960, the club moved to Lasne, its present location at the epicentre of the historic battlefield of Waterloo, and has never looked back.

La Marache is the premier layout at Royal Waterloo and Fred W. Hawtree was the architect that originally designed the course in 1960. He also laid out two separate 9-hole courses, which were formerly known as C & D (La Marache originally comprised the A & B nines).

The club continued to develop and improve over the years and today can boast forty-five golf holes, the 18-hole La Marache, the 18-hole Le Lion and the 9-hole Le Bois-Héros.

According to the Hawtree website: “The third course at Royal Waterloo is the short 9-hole 'Le Bois-Héros' which was one of Martin Hawtree’s first endeavours into golf course architecture when he visited the site with his father [Fred] as a child. Martin redesigned all nine greens in 2003 and this par 33 is a real challenge for both beginners and experts.”

If you only have enough time while visiting Royal Waterloo to play eighteen holes, the course to choose is La Marache, which underwent extensive greens redevelopment in 2007 by none other than… yes, you guessed it, Martin Hawtree.

La Marache doesn't get sufficient recognition. It is one of Hawtree's finest designs and is set in a delightfully undulating but rather tricky woodland environment. And, located a mere 25 minutes drive by car from the centre of Brussels, Royal Waterloo is not only very accessible, but also an excellent golfing test.

Host to the Belgian Open on several occasions between 1979 and 1991, La Marache has seen plenty of professional action with Per-Ulrik Johansson, Gordon J. Brand and Eamonn Darcy among the winners at Royal Waterloo Golf Club.

Royal Waterloo Golf Club was founded in 1923 when golf was played at Rhode-Saint-Genèse. In 1960, the club moved to Lasne, its present location at the epicentre of the historic battlefield of Waterloo, and has never looked back.

La Marache is the premier layout at Royal Waterloo and Fred W. Hawtree was the architect that originally designed the course in 1960. He also laid out two separate 9-hole courses, which were formerly known as C & D (La Marache originally comprised the A & B nines).

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Martin Hawtree

Martin Grant Hawtree joined the family firm in 1973 and took over the practice in 1984. To date, Hawtree is the longest continuous practice of golf course architecture on record.

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