Sint-Martens-Latem, Oost-Vlaanderen B-9830
18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Gently undulating terrain, easy to walk.
Original design by George Pannell; redesigned by Fred Hawtree (1950s).
8 km SW of Gent
From the A1-E40 motorway (Brussels - Gent - Brugge) leave at exit 14 (St Denijs-Westrem) and take the N43 (R4) direction Deinze. After approx 4 km, turn right at the Q8 petrol station into Golflaan, direction St Martens-Latem. After o.7 km turn left at roundabout into Latemstraat, direction Golf. After o.7 km turn right into golf.
Royal Latem Golf Club: Tucked away a few kilometres from the centre of historic Gent, this Royal golf course makes full use of a reasonably compact area - even to the point of having you play one par-3 from the roof of the caddie-master's office. The terrain here is generally quite flat, apart from a couple of small sandy ridges that run through the course, creating a degree of undulation (and some blind drives) on a few holes.
With beautiful villas flanking this layout, and a fabulous variety of trees adorning the course and its perimeter, there is a distinctly garden-like feel to some of the holes, while others retain the original wooded heathland character, which no doubt predominated when the course was originally established.
No surprise to find several short, tight par-4s on this not overly long layout; certainly a venue that will favour the accurate strategist versus wayward big-hitters. Green-keeping and presentation are generally first-class, with excellent greens that run fast and true.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: weekdays 36; weekends 28.
Credit cards accepted (not Amex or Diners). Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course.
Royal Latem GC was founded in 1909 on the estate of Albert Feyerick, and was originally named Ghent GC “Les Buttes Blanches” after the broom (flowers) growing on its ancient dunes.
King Baudouin conferred the Royal prefix on GC Les Buttes Blanches in 1952. 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.
Pont Straat 41, 9831 Sint-Martens-Latem
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Wonderful canalside setting and close to the golf at Royal Latem.
Baarleveldstraat 2, 9031 Drongen, near Gent
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A member of the Van der Valk group of hotels.
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