Golf Belgium: Lifestyle and golf – Hulencourt, situated in the heart of the Walloon Brabant, is without doubt one of the finest golf courses in Belgium, a country that really loves its tee-offs.
To be found just 30 minutes south of Brussels, Hulencourt was first laid out within an historic 17th-century estate by French architect Jean-Emmanuel Rossi in 1988. The name Hulencourt comes from the medieval word Huglin, which means owl in reference to wisdom. Hulencourt has an interesting history, which dates back to 930AD.
At that time Hulencourt was called Huglintrou. Huglintrou was owned by Ide d’Ardennes, wife of Eustache Count of Boulogne, who fought alongside William of Normandy in the conquest of England in 1066. Its 27 holes occupy an open, gently undulating site – a site which, thanks to the regeneration in progress, according to the Hulencourt team, is soon to be offering new delights to its devotees.
The Hulencourt team said: “We started making extensive changes to Hulencourt six months ago, when the Belgian government stopped all activities because of COVID-19. We are undergoing a big project to rebrand Hulencourt – a new logo, new outfits, a project for the next ten years. “Today, we are a club that also offers many other activities, not only golf – we have cultural activities such as concerts, exhibitions and conferences. With our efforts over the past 12 years, we have become more like a resort.”
Hulencourt’s centrepiece is undoubtedly Le Vallon, the Championship course, which is widely acclaimed as being one of the best conditioned courses in Belgium. Le Vallon has been recently entirely renovated by Delight yourself, combine Livestyle and Golf ! Hulencourt: Inspired by excellence Frank Pont and Hendrik Hilgert.
Reputed for its excellent year-round conditioning, with summer greens always in play, Le Vallon is a real joy to play.” The best French pros and players in Europe, such as Julien Quesne, Arnaud Garrigues, Benoit Ducolombier, Gregory Havret, Justine Dreher and Victor Dubuisson run the Hulencourt Golf School. The mission is to provide students of all levels with high quality teaching offered by the best players and pros in Europe, with full sporting facilities and state-of-the-art technology, service and guidance that are beyond reproach, as well as the guarantee of progress and results based on a training programme adapted to each player.
Whether at lunch or dinner, you can relax at the excellent Club House Bistrot and the Bonavita Restaurant. Sitting in the Club House lounges in a very warm and cosy atmosphere, you can enjoy dishes with concentrated flavours – fine epicurean pleasures! The tasting experiences offer a convivial moment through a selection of dishes from a ‘synopsis’ of the Bonavita menu. Located near the Clubhouse Bistrot, the Bonavita serves a menu based on the essence of traditional Belgian cuisine.
Their chefs have carefully designed the menu to bring creative and authentic recipes to the table that will delight the most demanding palates. The large terrace of the Clubhouse Bistrot, with magnificent views of the internal courtyard, enables golfers, artists, personalities, residents and visitors to savour the rich flavours of Belgian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.
For 13 years Hulencourt has hosted personalities and artists on its stage, such as Toots Thielemans, Alfred Brendel, Francois Hollande, Stephen Kovacevich, Boris Berezowski, Mayte Martin, Philippe Jaroussky, Palmo Venneri, Renaud et Gautier Capuçon, Richard Galliano, Jacques Attali, Frederic Mitterrand, Ana Moura, Maria Toledo, Nelson Freire, Bernard Henri-Levy, Nelson Goerner, Jan Lisiecki, Arianna Savall, Thomas Zehetmair, Guy Braunstein, Pere Portabela, Stefan Tarara, Katia et Marielle Labeque, Jacques Alphonse De Zeegant, Alicia Nafé, Emmanuel Pahud, Yefim Bronfman and others. Hulencourt organizes dinner debates, romantic marriage proposals, anniversaries, seminars, concerts, art exhibitions, escapades, travel experiences, incentive stays, team building, product launches. Absolutely everything here can be imagined and magically take place!
Hulencourt Bruyère d’Hulencourt 15
B-1472 Vieux-Genappe, Belgium
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