21 Chemin de Baudemont,
Nivelles, Brabant 1400
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Woodland and open countryside.
Original design by Bill Amick. Later improvements by Peter Alliss & Clive Clark.
18-hole par-71 Anglais course (6103 metres); 9-hole par-27 Orival course (711 metres).
29 km S of Brussels
From the A7-E19 motorway (Brussels - Mons) take exit 18 (Nivelles-Nord) and follow the N252 direction Nivelles, but only for a few hundred metres. Take the right turn off the N252 (close to motorway exit) direction La Tournette. After 1.2 km turn right at T-junction and go under bridge. After o.8 km golf is on your right (parking is on the left).
Golf Château de la Tournette (Américain course): There is no doubting the US credentials of the Américain course here at La Tournette. Designed by American architect Bill Amick, the course contains many hallmarks of a challenging US-style parkland layout. The opening holes quickly take you down and into a picturesquely tree-lined "valley" where the first of a memorable collection of par-3s is revealed. In best American tradition, water is a major factor at the par-3s, with all four of them requiring tee-to-green carries over ponds to hit their respective greens. The more open middle part of the course, from the par-5 8th to the par-5 12th, may give you a chance to build your score, providing you can avoid the substantive bunkering.
The Américain's challenging closing stretch is launched from the chateau-style clubhouse, with the plunging downhill par-4 15th requiring an accurate tee-shot, before you take on a testing carry over water to the hole's large and sloping green. The same pond must be cleared at the par-3 16th. At the closing par-4 17th and par-5 18th you will need to summon up two of your straightest tee-shots, where accuracy rather than length is most assuredly required. The Américain will certainly test every facet of your game, not least your putting skills; there are few if any flat areas on the restlessly sloping and usually fast-paced greens! Often regarded as the more technical of La Tournette's two courses, the Américain requires plenty of stamina, patience and precision shot-making if you want to play to your handicap, or better it.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: 36.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
The Américain course at La Tournette was designed by Florida-based, US course architect William W. (Bill) Amick. The layout certainly has an American feel, with water-protected par-3s and large, sloping greens. The Américain's sister course at La Tournette, the Anglais, was appropriately enough designed by Englishman Martin Hawtree, and was intended to have a more open linksy feel, akin to a British links-style course.
Chaussée de Mons 22, 1400 Nivelles
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Located just off exit 19 on the A7-E19 (Brussels - Mons motorway).
La Tournette (Anglais and Americain courses)
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+32 (0)2 352 18 15Visit website
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