Golf & Country Club De Palingbeek

18 holes

At Golf & Country Club De Palingbeek near Ypres you play on a World War I battlefield. A beautiful open parkland course with 18 holes guides you past several war relics and the old Mahieu Castle in Voormezele.

The well-conceived layout makes excellent use of the natural terrain, notably the valley in the middle of the course and the many hilly holes. It's a course that rewards good play, but where an occasional bad shot is not painfully punished. In short, an ideal place for both club and green fee players.

De Palingbeek also has some rather nice practice facilities with indoor, floodlit driving mats, a separate pitch-and-putt green and four practice holes that are ideally suited for beginners or to sharpen up your short game.

The clubhouse – which in days gone by was the pavilion of the once majestic chateau – is light and spacious, with an air of friendly informality. On the beautiful terrace you can unwind with stunning views over the Flemish hills. You can also sample the excellent cuisine and wine cellar. In other words, there's nothing preventing you from enjoying a round of golf, history and pleasure!

Mahieu Castle

Mahieu Castle was built at the beginning of the 20th century as a summer retreat for the Mahieu family, a rich industrial family from the nearby town of Armentières in France. This utterly luxurious Renaissance-style building was located in a 60-hectare park through which the Palingbeek flowed.

When war broke out in 1914, the castle came under fire and was alternately occupied by German troops, who gave it the name ‘Castle Bavaria,’ and the British army, who called the castle ‘White Chateau’ because of the white stone. This mighty building was destroyed by shelling and only a few ruins remain, to the right of hole 1.

The Mahieu family itself suffered considerably in World War I, both sons, Auguste and Michel, dying in action. A monument commemorating these brave warriors stands next to the path that runs between the tees on hole 11.

Other remnants of war, such as an under- and above-ground German bunker, a German mine shaft and a British observation post, can be seen from the golf course.

The clubhouse, built in the 30s, was also the scene of heavy fighting during World War II. Various soldiers - mainly Scots - died here during the British retreat to Dunkirk in May 1940 when a German regiment stormed the building.

Out of respect for the countless victims here in both conflicts, the club has placed information panels alongside the tees and published a brochure “The historic Palingbeek” which explains more about the relevant historical sites.

Experience a sporting and cultural exploration of the grounds of Golf & Country Club De Palingbeek!


Practical facilities at the club

  • 18-hole Course (PAR 72) with minimum Hcp 36
  • Driving range 10 covered places, 3 open-air places
  • Putting green, chipping green with bunker
  • Trolley rental: free
  • Buggy rental: € 35 - bravo rental (three-wheeler): € 20
  • Dressing rooms
  • Bar and restaurant with terrace
  • Golf shop
  • Upon request, babysitting service during the weekend


WeekdaysWeekend and Belgian holidays
Course 18 holes - summer (01/04-31/10)€ 65€ 75
Course 18 holes - winter (01/11-31/03)€ 40€ 47

Discount for groups.

Prices are subject to change. More details:


Golf & Country Club Palingbeek near Ypres is located in the green region of the Westhoek. As part of the Western Front in World War I, the area was for four years the scene of terrible trench warfare with countless victims. Now, a century later, the First World War is commemorated everywhere, but particularly in the Westhoek.

Every evening at 20:00 there is the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, you can discover the personal stories of citizens in the In Flanders Fields Museum, or you can walk through the Dodengang Trench of Death in Diksmuide.

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