The top 5 golf courses in the Netherlands
Pack some orange balls and make your way to these top continental courses to experience golf the Dutch way…
Utrecht de Pan
This late 19th century gem can be found a few minutes outside of the university town of Utrecht. The dense forest and winding hills which frame the holes may look troublesome at first glance, but you’ll quickly find Harry Colt’s renovation a joy to play. Keep an eye out for wild deer roaming the grounds, and enjoy a balance between incredible privacy yet close proximity between holes – buggies aren’t needed at this world class course. Expect to find de Pan in top golf courses in the world lists and with good reason.
The Royal Hague Golf Club
This course in The Hague was founded in 1893, making it the oldest in Holland. Expect golf on a grand scale, as the historic fairways feature little in man-made design and stretch further than many others. The course is filled with aggressive table top greens that most wouldn’t dare to run a ball on to, and prides itself on offering a real challenge to its members. A pricy green fee isn’t surprising given the formal and impressive clubhouse.
Eindhovensche Golf Course
The course at Eindhovensche is another Harry Colt creation. The founder of the Phillips shaving company teamed up with the English architect after buying land outside Eindhoven primed for a course conversion. The 16th hole was once restored after German and then allied troops flattened it, using the 17th as a runway. Today the view couldn’t be much more different as the 16th hole overlooks a soothing lake by the clubhouse.
Kennemer Golf & Country Club
Kennemer is a links course filled with old school charm and featuring many rolling inclines and elevated greens. Situated on Holland’s west coast and a short drive from Amsterdam, its 27 holes offer fast and firm surfaces where balls roll and roll. The third nine opened in 1985, the last work of architect Frank Pennink, offering a very different challenge to Harry Colt’s others. The thatched roof clubhouse is steeped in history and a welcoming refuge after a day on Kennemer’s distinctive dunes.
Hilversumsche Golf Club
If you’ve heard of this course already it could be because it’s hosted the Dutch Open 30 times since 1910. Easily accessible from Amsterdam via public transport or car, the course lies a few miles outside the town of Hilversum. Expect a heathland feel as heather, trees and slopes surround the fairways. Driving throughout the course is especially tight and the hilly terrain offers seasoned golfers an enjoyable challenge. Another Harry Colt classic.