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Royal Waterloo

The oldest club in Belgium, founded 85 years ago, moved to its present location at Ohain in 1959, where it's close to the heart of everything. Within sight of the iconic Lion Mound at Waterloo, it's half an hour from both the centre of Brussels and Charleroi airport. Everything about this sprawling 45-hole parkland complex feels exclusive: the greens and fairways are exceptionally well tended, and no fewer than five holes are visible from the clubhouse terrace. The principal course is the wooded, rolling, trap-laden La Marache, which was extensively redesigned in recent years to restore it to championship standard. Rated as a par 73, it ranks among Europe's top 200 courses, and the adjacent 18-holer, Le Lion, is almost as impressive.

Around and about: Waterloo lies in the Brabant Wallon region, just south of Brussels, which has the highest concentration of golf clubs in Belgium. There are fourteen quality courses within a 25km radius, and golfers can play a selection of these staying in the capital or around Waterloo. Hulencourt is another impressive course. It's exposed to the elements, and when the wind blows it feels like a Scottish-style seaside links. Château de la Tournette and Château Sept Fontaines have 36 holes each. Set some time aside to visit the historic battlefield where Napoleon was finally defeated in 1815 or experience the “art of good life” in Brussels.

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