Martins Golf Pass is invaluable

Alan Hedley
Thu, 26 Aug 2010

....Century estate, where the Le Vallon course designed by  French course architect J M Rossi has a links feel but with 82 bunkers and six lakes. 

Here, nearly every hole is a dogleg and the par-4 12th with a Swilcan-like stone bridge caught my eye, along with the seventh and 13th. As well as a 9-hole short course, there's a British-style clubhouse with a gastronomic menu in the finest Belgian tradition.

Near the small town of Wavre, Chateau de la Bawette castle features the Le Parch course set on a 250 acre estate. It winds through trees, lakes and streams with quite a few challenging par-4s, especially the ninth and 15th .

There's a good finish with a long par-3 17th and testing par-4 finish. The clubhouse is imposing and overlooks the course.

Golf Chateau de la Tournette is situated between Ittre and Nivelles where there are two courses created by Peter Alliss and Martin Hawtree in 1997 and resembling inland links and an American stadium design.

The links has wide fairways separated by mounding with elevated tees and greens and 100 bunkers and six water features. It's a good test and the big elevated greens have significant slopes.

The American-style course begins in a wooded area and includes a tricky passage between the fourth and fifth holes, linked by a water hazard.

The home nine is undulating terrain and has another good finish with water hazards before the climb back up to the 18th. The clubhouse is located in an old castle farmhouse

Other courses in the Martin's Golf Pass stable include: Golf Du Bercuit, Golf la Bruyere, Golf de L'Empereur,

Golf de Rigenee, Golf Club de Louvain-la-Neuve, Golf Club de Pierpont and Golf Club de Sept Fontaines.



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