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Published on : Saturday, June 24, 2017
FAlthough renowned for it’s history and culture, Flanders is an unknown quantity for golf but with over 50 golf courses to choose from, a round of golf is never far away from a quality meal and a great beer. Culturally vibrant cities like Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges all have their fair share of golf courses dotted around in many cases medieval historic city centres. Flanders is easily accessible via sea, air and road and with one of the most developed road networks in Europe, every golf course is within easy reach. Traditional architects like Seymour Dunn, Hawtree, Colt, Tom Simpson and Mackenzie Ross followed by Paul Rolin, Belgium’s most famous course architect, have created several masterpieces in Royal Antwerp, Royal Zoute, Royal Latem, Royal Belgian Golf Club, Rinkven G&CC, Cleydael GC and many others.
The media trip organised by the EGTMA will see at least 16 international EGTMA journalists travel through the region of Flanders to sample some of the best golf courses on offer. Journalists will travel west to east to see the diversity and the cultural heritage surrounding these outstanding golf properties.
Jo Maes, EGTMA President: “Personally, tt gives me immense pleasure to be able to organise this event and showcase the quality and quantity of the golf courses in my home country to the international media. As it happens, this event will be the 50th media event the EGTMA has organised during its 10 years but only one, in cooperation with Martin’s Hotels, we have briefly visitied Flanders. This is a great opportunity for the Flemish golf industry to engrave lasting memories within the international golf media and put the destination firmly on the golf tourism map.”
The golf courses participating in the Golf in Flanders International Media Challenge are:
Damme G&CC (West Flanders) , Cleydael G&CC (Antwerp), Millennium Golf, Spiegelven GC (Limburg) and Winge GC (Flemish Brabant) which provides journalists a taste of the diversity of the golf courses in Flanders.
An event like this would not be possible with hotel partners and the EGTMA welcomes once again Martin’s Hotel Group with their historic properties Martin’s Patershof in Mechelen and Klooster in Leuven and the central Martin’s Brussels EU. Meanwhile in Ghent, a city recently named ‘Belgium’s best kept secret !’ by Lonely Planet, the Marriott hotel is ready to welcome EGTMA delegates. This 150-room city centre hotel in a restored historic building is looking to actively promote itself to golfers looking for a combination of culture, city buzz and accessible golf at the centre of Europe’s best road network. Gent is full of history but with all the contemporary buzz a working city has to offer.
Invitations to EGTMA members will be going out soon.