Looking to play the best golf courses in the Netherlands? GolfReviewsGuide.com picks out the top courses to play in Holland.
The Netherlands is a small country in northern Europe with mild winters and cool summers, making for a lengthy and comfortable golf season.
Tourists planning golf vacations in Holland should expect open availability from April to October with more patchy availability outside of that time frame. This is a wet country without a defined dry season.
The Netherlands has a range of both modern and historical courses. H.S. Colt, an architect known for his work last century, appears multiple times in the list below.
All of the courses making our shortlist were 7,000 yards in length or shorter, showing that golf course design in this country has been conservative in terms of distance.
Our top five best golf courses in the Netherlands are:
1. Royal Hague Golf & Country Club
Located in Wassenaar, the Royal Hague Golf & Country Club‘s golf course was built in 1938. This course was previously known as the Royal Hague Golf Course.
Colt, Alison, & Morrison Ltd were the original designers while Frank Pont performed a 2014 update. Today, the course plays as a par-72 venue at a total length of 6,836 yards.
The private course, which is situated near the North Sea, is of the links style.
Golfers should expect a course that is renowned for its beauty, a landscape filled with dunes, a greater area with ample beachfront, and rolling terrain that green and brown earth tones dominate in the summer.
2. The Dutch Golf Club
Centrally located in Gelderland, The Dutch Golf Club is a par-71 test at a total length of 6,923 yards.
The course opened in 2011, Colin Montgomerie designed it, and it is a private course.
Golfers should expect an inland course with fairly flat terrain, an open course with some tree-lined fairways, and water hazards. A championship course, The Dutch was designed with Scottish courses in mind.
3. De Pan Golf Course
The second H.S. Colt course on our list, the De Pan golf course is located in Bilthoven.
Colt designed the course and today it is a private venue that’s inland in the Netherlands. The only genuine parkland-styled course in this shortlist, De Pan is a par-72 challenge at a total length of 6,655 yards.
It is the shortest course to make our list so golfers will have to expect a mental challenge more than a physical one.
There is not much water to speak of on this dry course. In some areas, golfers will have to deal with trees that crowd the fairways, however, in other areas, the fairways are generously wide.
Bunkers are plentiful at this venue so be sure to practice with your sand wedge if your driving ability is a little off.
4. De Swinkelsche Golf Course – Championship
Located in Someren, near Eindhoven and the German border, the De Swinkelsche golf course was built as recently as 2013.
The course plays as a par-72 and, at a total length of 7,000 yards, it is the lengthiest course to make our list.
Frank Pont, who is associated with other courses in this list for redevelopment work, designed De Swinkelsche.
It is an inland course that is open to the public. Golfers should expect undulated greens, impressive fairways, and a challenge from several large water hazards.
5. Best Golf & Country Club
Joan Frederik Dudok van Heel and Bruno Steensels designed the golf course at the Best Golf & Country Club in 1988.
The course is a par-72 contest located in Best, a city that is to the southeast of Rotterdam.
The total length of this inland course is 6,697 yards and is a public course that features flat terrain and deciduous trees on the 18-hole venue.
There is also a simple par-3 course at the same venue with 9-holes (pitch and putt). Furthermore, there are practice facilities at this golf club.
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