This 70-year-old course is a real wolf-in-sheep's-clothing. Set in undulating countryside just south of Liège, the first two holes are plain and simple. Surely this can't be another Tom Simpson creation? It is. As the terrain begins to undulate, banks of trees line the narrow fairways and the sand-traps seem to multiply: Sart-Tilman is a severe examination of the finer skills of golf. Accuracy, not length, is the watchword, and a stroke or two of luck will be needed on the well-maintained but sharply sloping greens. The homely, hospitable clubhouse will come as welcome relief to those whose game has been subtly dismantled by one of the great golf architects.
Around and about: The other notable course in this popular tourist area is the International Gomzé Club near the ancient village of Andoumont, set in a pleasing landscape with contrasting woods and meadowland. Such contrasts are a feature of golf in Wallonia, where many courses change character between the first and eighteenth holes. Quality accommodation to suit all budgets is widely available in Liège, and well-heeled Spa has several luxury and boutique options.