Holland Links Golf
Holland Links Golf – Many European courses claim to be links golf courses but often this is simply a reference to its seaside location rather than the actual build and paying characteristics of the course. Can other regions claim they have true links golf courses away from the British Isles and Ireland? Well Holland is blessed with a few REAL links golf courses which will please the most demanding links fan.
The Noordwijkse Golf Club
The combination of its layout near the North Sea shore, which gives it its links character, the remarkable views and archictecture makes this course very challenging. The combination of its layout adjacent to the North Sea shore, gives the course its character. Its is classic links course on undulating land with each hole winding its way through the dunes and occasionally, as with some famous British links cousin a Formby or Lytham like style, through pine trees although some think this detracts from overall style of the golf course. The design by Frank Pennink provides for some stunning views and some difficult holes with blind shots and traditional pot bunkers. Constructed in 1969 the present course is 3 miles from the Clubs original location which dates back to 1915 when an original nine hole course was laid out by HS Colt and extended to 18-holes just before the Second World War although it reverted back to a nine hole layout after. Parts of the original layout can still be made out but most is now under housing. A great course and if you get the chance to play, one of the best courses in the Netherlands, ranked fifth in Continental Europe. . 6357m par 72 (white tees).
Holland Links Golf – Koninklijke Haagsche Golf & County Club
Founded in 1893 “Royal” Haagsche Golf and Country Club moved to its present location after the Second World War. The oldest golf club in Holland the course makes the most of the undulating and exposed landscape. The course is around 2 miles from the coast so is more of a heath land course rather than a true links as many holes are offered some shelter from the wind from the trees and bushes. Still a quality course (Original design HS Colt) although the club now has insufficient space to hold the Dutch Open in the modern era it was a regular host between the 1950’s and early 80’s. In recent years it has welcomed both the Ladies and seniors tours. Haagsche is more of a “Ganton” type course rather than a true links and being compared to Ganton is enough of a compliment to go and play the course yourself!
6717 yds Par 73 (Black tees) 6205 yds Par 72 (Medal tees)
Holland Links Golf – Kennemer Golf & Country Club
Kennemer is probably the best known of the Holland links courses as the current home of the KLM Open. Like Haagsche it is not set on the sea shore, around a mile inland but has a more true links feel about the course. The Club was formed in 1910 but moved to its current location in 1928 when the club felt it needed to expand its facilities now it has 3 loops of nine holes, the Van Hangel (A), the Pennink (B) and the Colt (C). The club is also famous for its imposing club house which has fantastic views over the links with its thatched roof it would not look out of place in the Home Counties. Another course that would be a fitting conclusion to any golf trip.
A+B nines 6194m Par 72, A+C nines 6288m Par 72, B+C nines 6010m Par 72
In summary Holland Links Golf is alive and well and well worth the visit. It has the benefit of a short ferry crossing so you have the convenience of your own car for the travelling golfer or if you prefer to fly is extreamly well connected from most main UK airport via KLM.