's-Gravenwezel, Antwerpen 2970
36 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.
Baron Paul Rolin
Above distances are for the Championship (North) course. Also at Rinkven is the Old (South) course (par-71, 5927 m from back tees, rating 72.2).
17 km NE of Antwerp
Take exit 4 (St-Job-in-'t-Goor) from the A1-E19 (Antwerp-Breda motorway) north-west of Antwerp. Follow the N117 direction St-Job-in-'t-Goor. After o.4 km go straight over at traffic lights, direction St-Job-in't-Goor. After 1 km (passing through the village) turn right (just before small village green) and head towards the water tower, direction Rinkven. After 1.9 km golf is on your left.
Rinkven Golf & Country Club: Laid out in a mature forest of oak, pine and silver birch, Rinkven's original 27-holes have recently been joined by a new nine, creating two 18-hole championship courses. The fractionally longer Championship (North) course combines the original Yellow-nine and more recently created Blue-nine, while the original and largely unchanged Red and White nines are paired to form the Old (South) layout.
Both Rinkven's challenging courses occupy a peaceful woodland setting with no housing anywhere nearby. Here on these four excellent and well-maintained nine-hole loops your golf game, and especially accuracy from the tee, will be thoroughly tested. Each of the four nines contains its fair share of tightish tree-lined fairways, well-bunkered greens and occasional water hazards. The smallish putting surfaces hide a multitude of subtle breaks and borrows that will keep you guessing throughout.
The Red-nine (first loop of the Old course) has the most water threatened holes, while the new Blue-nine (inward half of the Championship course) takes you furthest away from the clubhouse and into slightly more open terrain. Catch Rinkven in the spring and you can enjoy the vivid splashes of colour brought to this lovely forested setting by many rhododendron bushes.
MOST MEMORABLE HOLE: the par-3 11th on the Old (South) course is a wonderfully testing good-length short hole. Wonderfully framed by the indigenous trees, you'll need a well-hit tee-shot across water to safely find the large inviting green.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: weekdays 36; weekends 28.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Established in 1981 by a group of friends, Jo Wegloop, Léon Krochmal and Benoit Frajermauer, Rinkven Golf Club was originally known as Antwerp International Golf & Country Club Rinkven.
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