Maastricht International Golf is a complex and unique golf course. The design work has been carried out over several years, with construction underway in 2006 and managed by Steve Marnoch of golfmarnoch working in conjunction with Dimitri van Hauwaert of Diamond Golf Architects.
Maastricht International Golf has 13 holes and half the driving range in The Netherlands and 5 holes and the other half of the driving range in Belgium. Players will begin play in The Netherlands on holes 1 – 7, into Belgium for holes 8 – 12 before returning to The Netherlands (no doubt with passport duly stamped!) to complete the round.
The ‘dual nationality’ of the course added to the complexity of designing and constructing this golf course which already had more than its fair share of complex issues from: public footpaths, historically used by the Romans, and The Heze Water which was a ditch between The Netherlands and Belgium.
There were worms and other important species, a groundwater level about 30 metres below the surface. The site earthworks had to be created with a balance of cut and fill which had to comply with different regulations for the amounts and depths/heights of excavation and filling in both Belgium and The Netherlands.
With all this accomplished and now opened, the golf course facilities are to be managed by GMG and form part of a huge development for BPF Bouwinvest which includes a hotel and housing complex, a driving range and 9 hole compact course. The budget is in excess of one hundred million euros.
Maastricht International Golf will be open for play to the public in September 2007.
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