Golf in the Netherlands is probably a lot more popular than you imagined. With more than 300,000 registered members to around 280 golf courses, the Dutch love their golf but it hasn’t yet flourished as a golfing holiday destination.
The links golf courses in the north are up there with the best that the UK has to offer; it feels only a matter of time before the Netherlands’ becomes one of the most popular golfing holiday destinations in Europe.
In the past, Belgium and France have perhaps overshadowed the Netherlands with regards to golfing holidays on the north of continental Europe but the Dutch are beginning to attract more and more golfers through their brilliant range of courses.
The world famous Harry Colt designed a beautiful heathland course, Eindhovensche Golf Club, in the south of the country. The course meanders itself through a dense forest with various water hazards also proposing challenges to golfers of all abilities. The course’s clubhouse has a thatched roof and is probably one of the most attractive clubhouses in the whole of Europe.
Eindhovensche is located in the North Brabant region which is home to almost 50 golf courses. One of the most exciting new developments in the region is the Golfbaan Stippleberg. The course was designed by three Dutch architects and it was their first project together – they couldn’t have chosen a more beautiful landscape!
North Holland is the other region in the Netherlands where you can expect golf courses of the highest quality. The Dutch landscape is renowned for being very flat and therefore golf course architects are forced to be innovative when building the courses. The sand dunes in the north are used in a brilliant way to make challenges for golfers – especially at Kennemer Golf and Country Club which is one of the best links courses in the country.
As well as Kennemer, the North of Holland is probably home to the best golf course in the country – Noordwijkse Golf Club . The course was designed in 1972 and is set amongst the sand dunes of the North Sea seaside town, Noordwijk. The Dutch Open has been hosted at the course on numerous occasions and winners have included the late, great Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie – all great links players, which they had to be as Noordwijkse is one of the toughest links courses around.
Lovers of links golf will absolutely love the Netherlands as a golfing destination!
The weather in Holland may be one of the reasons why golf holidays aren’t as popular as its counterparts across Continental Europe. The maritime climate means cool winters and mild summers and rain is common all through the year. Surprisingly, the months of July and August have the most rainfall and March is the driest. The high season for golf runs from June to August however the locals say that the best time to play is in the spring as it’s the driest!
Getting to the Netherlands is extremely easy as there are daily flights in and out of Amsterdam Airport Schipol. As the country is so small, Amsterdam is not bad places to fly to as the flights are cheaper than the alternatives and it’s easy to get around once you’ve arrived. However, there are also international airports in Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Groningen.
The popularity of golfing holidays in the Netherlands hasn’t quite hit the heights that it deserves. The quality of golf courses on offer, especially links, makes it a must-visit destination for all keen golfers. Although the weather may not be as good as some of the alternatives, if you are a fan of links golf then Holland is without doubt the next place to visit for your golfing holiday.
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