Hoge Kleij Golf Club

Loes van Overeemlaan 16, 3832 RZ  Leusden

  • hål:18
  • par: 72 72
  • längd: 6.136 m 5.280 m
7.9 13 Reviews Denna klubb är nummer 2# av 19 i Utrecht
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  • hål:18
  • lutning: 129 125
  • år:1985
  • par: 72 72
  • längd: 6.136 m 5.280 m

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  • Average rating obtained by

    top100golfcourses
    20/05/2014
    3x6.7
    A week last Friday I had the opportunity to pay my first visit to GC Hoge Kleij nestled in the sandy Utrechtse Heuvelrug not too far from Utrechtse Golf Club de Pan. The Utrechtse Heuvelrug is a rather large area characterized by sandy ground and heather much like the famous heathland area near London. It goes without saying that this area is tremendous natural ground for building golf courses. Hoge Kleij had developed a reputation for being extremely narrow and having been taken over by trees and bushes so my expectation was not too high even knowing that the architect Frank Pont had been busy renovating the course.I’m happy to say that I was very pleasantly surprised; the old photos I had seen of the course gave hardly any resemblance to what I encountered. Mr. Pont and the course committee have been fighting the good fight in taking drastic measures to clear away the bushes and have already cleared away many trees. It’s really a delight to see there is actually an excellent heathland course hidden in these trees. I hope for NL golf’s sake they continue in this direction as the course will only get better and better if they continue to remove trees and recreate the open heathland areas, continue the extensive heather restoration and keep making improvements to the course.From the white tees Hoge Kleij is a very tough test at 6,435 meters (7,000+) yds. If I look at the layout quite critically then I’d say they have a little more length than is necessary with 6 par 4’s over 400 yds, 3 of which are well over 430 yds. The other areas I would be quite critical about are the fact that nearly all the greens are raised and have run off on most sides. I would like to see more variety here. There are a few too many recovery shots that are the same. The last point I would be very critical on would be the fact that the fairways unfortunately have all been bulldozed flat when the course was built, rather than left natural to contain the wonderful undulations that you see in the wooded untouched areas that are so common to this land. My hope for Hoge Kleij would be for them to continue in the great direction they have started and eventually try to create some more variation in their green complexes and try to bring back some of that natural undulation to the fairways and of course keep removing trees.One last point that requires a line of it’s own. The large tree in the middle of the fairway on the 11th hole is a bit of a controversial topic. A seemingly perfect drive down the center of the fairway can easily result in a completely blocked approach shot and require only a high approach to access the green. The opinions definitely vary on centerline trees, I’m not a huge fan unless there is ample room to play around the tree or utilize it to increase the strategic options from the tee shot. In the case of this hole there needs to be some room created on the left hand side of the tree allowing for an approach that forces the player to flirt with the large bunker in the front of the green.The other renovations carried out all seem to have added tremendously to the course. The bunkering has all been changed for the better and they have adopted a more Mackenzie type natural blow out look. The bunkers look great in the setting so kudos to Mr. Pont, the greens committee and the green keeping staff.With this great progress Hoge Kleij is certainly making a run at becoming a top 10 course in The Netherlands and making a statement by bringing back the original landscape native to these beautiful heathlands. If only several other Dutch courses would follow this lead with aggressive tree/bush removal programs!My favorite holes would be the long uphill par 4, 4th, the par 3 14th and the short par 4 17th.Hoge Kleij definitely goes down in my book as a nice surprise, a course I’d recommend being definitely worth a visit and one I will keep my eyes on in the coming years. Fingers crossed they continue on the path they have started.
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