Belgian craze for golf
Thanks to the performances of Thomas Pieters, Nicolas Colsaerts and Thomas Detry, golf has never been so popular and highly promoted in Belgium.
In the early 2000s, Nicolas Colsaerts pointed the way when he obtained his card for the European Tour. His popularity went through the roof in 2012, when he beat the great Tiger Woods at the Ryder Cup. Today, he has become a source of inspiration for the two juniors. Thomas Pieters made a flying start to his career. He has already won 5 tournaments on the European Tour and finished 4th in the 2016 Olympic Games. Thomas Detry, who turned professional in 2016, also seems to be at the dawn of a great career. He won his 1st title of the European Tour at the Bridgestone Challenge. In 2018, the two young Belgians won together the Melbourne World Cup of Golf .
These three young Belgians have triggered a shift in mindset in our country, which historically does not have a large golf culture. Indeed, golf is becoming more and more popular. According to the Royal Belgian Golf Federation, there are now around hundred golf clubs and more than 65,000 affiliated members, a six-fold increase compared to 30 years ago. Belgium seems to be conquering its place on the world golf map.
Our country offers some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, such as the Royal Zoute Golf Club on the North Sea coast or the Royal Antwerp Golf Club, built in 1888 and one of the architectural wonders of continental Europe.