Royal Bercuit

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Royal Bercuit
Discreetly bordered by beautiful villas and spread over five valleys, the 18-hole course is the only golf course in Belgium designed by the very famous English/American architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr, Laid out in two returning circuits of nine, the fairways effortlessly hug the contours of a surprisingly hilly property, with lots of elevation change to negotiate from the first to last hole. And as the wooded terrain rarely permits sight of anything other than the hole being played, the challenges of the following hole are only revealed upon arrival at the next tee box. The very short par three 5th is the undoubted highlight hole on the front nine, playing more than 100 feet downhill to a green surrounded on three sides by a marshy wetland area. Tee shots that are long, short or right are lost forever so golfers unable to find the putting surface must bail out to the left. The back nine roller coaster ride continues in unrelenting fashion, with terrific doglegged holes encountered at 12 and 15. The 369-metre 16th is rightly regarded as the most difficult on the inward half as not too many golfers will be able to hit and hold a raised green that repels all but the most precise approach shot.

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