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Royal Golf Club du Hainaut

  • Creation


  • Architect

    Tom Simpson & Fred Hawtree

  • Description

    27 Holes / 18 Holes "Bruyère - Quesnoy" Par 72 - 5975 m / 18 Holes "Bruyère - Etangs" Par 72 - 6258 m / 18 Holes "Quesnoy - Etangs" Par 72 - 6089 m

Royal Hainaut is a wonderful course that has it all in quiet surroundings. It consists of 3 x 9 holes (Etangs, Bruyères & Quesnoy) offering a great variety of challenging holes requiring distance and precision. The general outlook is one of a parkland golf.

British architect Tom Simpson is credited with several Belgian designs – including the Royal trio of Antwerp, Fagnes and Sart Tilman – during a prolific period in the 1930s and Charles Warren, the first professional at Royal Zoute, assisted Simpson when he laid out the original 18-hole course at Royal Golf Club du Hainaut in 1933.

“Les Bruyères” and “Le Quesnoy” nines comprise a charming collection of holes laid out on the edge of the Bois de Ghlin forest. The wooded heathland setting places a premium on accurate play as the stands of pine trees and swathes of heather that line the rolling fairways are formidable natural obstacles.

Outstanding holes here include the 415-yard 3rd hole on Les Bruyères, a tough two-shotter that doglegs slightly right from tee to green, and the 340-yard 7th on Le Quesnoy, a short par four where the fairway veers almost at right angles from the original line of play to the hole.

Martin Hawtree added a third circuit named “Les Etangs” in 1990 to create a very fine 27-hole complex at Royal Hainaut Golf Club.