Royal Antwerp Golf Club

Torenlei 1a,

Kapellen, Antwerpen 2950

  • Office

    +32 (0)3 666 84 56
  • Pro shop

    +32 (0)3 666 46 87
  • Fax

    +32 (0)3 666 44 37
  • Golf pro

    Didier De Vooght

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Heathland course. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland.

  • Designer:

    Original course at Kapellenbos laid out by Willie Park Jr (1910). Course lengthened and revamped by Tom Simpson (1930).

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Metres
6122
5773
5043
Par
73
73
73
SSS or slope
72.6
70.9
72.3

At the same location:

Above distances are for the championship Tom Simpson course. Also at Royal Antwerp is the nine-hole Dormy House course (par-34, 2552 metres from back tees).

Location

Latitude:

51.345709

Longitude:

4.460808

How to get there:

20 km N of Antwerp

From the A1 - E19 (Antwerp - Breda motorway) just north of Antwerp, take exit 5 (Kapellen / Brasschaat) and follow the N11/N1 direction Kapellen. After approx 6 km in the center of Kapellen, follow signs for Putte / Kapellenbos. After a further 2 km, at Shell petrol station, turn right onto the N122 (Kalmthoutsestenenweg) direction Kalmthout. After approx 4 km, just after the railway crossing, turn right into Golflei. Clubhouse is at the end of this road.

Royal Antwerp Golf Club

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1888

Royal Antwerp is Belgium's oldest golf club, dating back to 1888. Located in the Kapellenbos north of Antwerp since 1910, the course has often been described as one of the finest (and certainly quietest) wooded heathland courses in north west Europe. The excellent sandy soil base is perfect for this style of course, with its copious quantities of heather and mature pine trees lining many of the fairways.

The terrain at Royal Antwerp is relatively flat, giving an easy-walking layout, although one with plenty of inherent golfing challenges - not least staying out of the trees and plentiful bunkering, and getting down in two on the usually immaculate and fast greens. Water ditches are scarce, making a brief appearance on just a couple of holes.

At over 6600 yards from the back tees the course plays long enough to amply test the vast majority of golfers, especially if there's a bit of wind swishing around between the pines. This is not a layout that requires a booming drive off every tee. Course management and good placement will serve you just as well if its a good score you are wanting to card.

The opening and closing holes, both shortish par-4s, provide the opportunity to start and finish your round in style. What happens in between is probably down to your course management, and (of course) the fickle fads of the golfing gods. A course that always exudes plenty of charm and challenge, no matter what time of year you play it.

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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays; no outside visitors at weekends.

Must book in advance. Maximum handicap on main course: 24.4 men & women. Proof of handicap may be required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes on the Tom Simpson course in high season (April thru' Oct): €155 (weekdays only).

Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

Belgium's oldest golf club started life in March 1888, when a certain W.J.R. Watson invited home a group of English friends who were in the habit of practising golf on sandy Wilrijk Heath. The friends - S.H. Woodhall, J. Proctor, W.P. Wild, L. Evan Thomas and L. Potter were all enthusiastic about Watson's idea of establishing a Golf Club in Antwerp. By the end of 1888 the Club had already signed up more than twenty members. The Wilrijk Heath site had many draw-backs and a search started in 1904 for an alternative site. It was not until 1910 that the Kapellenbos location was eventually agreed upon, and work started on an 18-hole course, designed by Willie Park Jnr. The course was ready for play and opened in 1912.

King Albert I conferred the Royal prefix on Antwerp GC in 1925. In Belgium 13 golf clubs are permitted by royal prerogative to use the "Royal" prefix. They are: Antwerp, Anderlecht, Bercuit, Chateau d'Ardenne, des Fagnes (Spa), Hainaut, Latem, Limburg, Ostend, GC de Belgique (Ravenstein), Sart Tilman, Waterloo and Zoute.

Published ranking

Belgium's No.1 course (Golf Digest, 2022).
Continental Europe's 75th best course (Golf World, 2023).

Where2Stay

  • Motel Dennenhof

    Bredabaan 940, 2930 Brasschaat, near Antwerp

    +32 (0)3 663 0509

    Visit website

    A Van der Valk motel, very well located to access Royal Antwerp and Rinkven golf courses.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Royal Antwerp; Rinkven

    • Golf within 30 km:

      No

  • Hilton Hotel Antwerp4-star

    Groenplaats, 2000 Antwerp

    +32 (0)3 204 12 12

    Visit website

    The Hilton Antwerp is located in the heart of the historical city centre, next to the famous Antwerp Cathedral,

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 10 km:

      No

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Royal Antwerp; Rinkven

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