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Royal Ardenne Golf Club

Royal Ardenne Golf Club

Royal Ardenne Golf Club

Royal Ardenne Golf Club (Tour Léopold-Ardenne 6, Houyet) — Of all the ‘Royal’ courses in Belgium, Château Royal d’Ardenne is the most deserving of the title. It occupies part of the grounds of a 19th century castle built by King Leopold II. For a time, it was the favourite course of the Belgian royal family, several of whom became club champions, although whether their subjects were trying their hardest to beat them is not recorded. Deep in the Ardennes countryside, south-east of Dinant, the course is one of the hilliest in the region, but the reward for some arduous hauls between tee and green are the superb views for miles around – none finer than the prospect from the Leopold Tower, which contains the clubhouse. Mature trees line many of the fairways, and interesting features along the way include an ancient, ruined chapel and an open-air theatre built in 1889.