It's probably appropriate that Belgium - the country that invented 'french fries', contrary to what the term infers - should also be steeped in chips of a different kind. After all, this much-maligned nation has some of the finest golf courses in Europe.
Home to the parliamentary capital of the European Commission, Belgium may not immediately spring to mind as an obvious choice for a golfing holiday, but it should because as well as some great value courses it can dish up gourmet food, delicious chocolates and waffles to die for. All staple diet for the hungry golfer!
Add to that excellent transport links from the UK, no real language barrier because of its multi-cultural connections and the opportunity to use the Martin's Golf Pass at 14 courses within a 15 kilometre radius of Brussels and it's a no brainer for golf groups looking for a unique package.
The Brabant Wallon area pass - which takes care of both accommodation and green fees - is a partnership between four
Martin's hotels and 11 golf clubs, some of which have more than one course. Already 35,000 golfers have taken advantage of it since it was launch in 1998.
Stay two nights in a double room with breakfast and golf for two comes free, with the exception of a handful of supplements for the more exotic courses. The pass will confirm your tee time, create a personalised voucher and provide a route map.
It also offers extras such including a post-round beer and free access to the gyms and spas of the chosen Martin's hotel. Extra days and rounds can be added at competitive rates.
I stayed at the five-star Chateau du Lac on the banks of a pleasant lake served by bars and restaurants and only 20 minutes from Brussels' Zaventem Airport. I also visited Martin's four-star Grand Hotel in Waterloo, with its superb restaurant and the adjoining 29-bedroom Martin's Lodge which is ideal for golfing groups.
Set in beautiful countryside,
Royal Waterloo boasts two testing par-72 courses - La Marache and Le Lion and a terrific 9-holer. La Marache is particularly tough with a back nine that finishes with three successive par-5s . But there's also a great run of holes from the 11 to the 15. Sir Nick Faldo and Lee Westwood were among the players who won Belgian Opens here.
As for other courses you will have access to with the pass, Golf de Hulencourt is built on an historic 17th (turn to next page)