Cromvoirt, Noord-Brabant 5266 AW
18 holes. Open heathland-style. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.
Woodland and open rural countryside.
Kyle Phillips of California-based Kyle Phillips Golf Course Design.
o.5 km N of Cromvoirt / 5 km SW of 's-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch) / 19 km NE of Tilburg.
Bernardus, a relatively recent addition to top-level championship golf in the Netherlands, has quickly joined the ranks of the country's most venerated inland layouts. The likes of Eindhoven and Utrechtse "De Pan", which also permit outside visitor play, have ruled the roost for many years ... now there is a new kid on the block ... and one that's already made a big impact.
Accessible on a day ticket basis, the golf course is set in quiet rural countryside next to the village of Cromvoirt. The two out-and-back nine-hole loops flow seamlessly through three parcels of land ... where once corn grew, an open sandy heath has been created. Plenty of gorse, heather and Scots pine trees have been planted on low rippling mounds, which frame the always good-width fairways. Water hazards and rustic-edged bunkering combine to provide plenty of golfing challenge, while the large run-off areas around the greens and the "interwoven" teeing areas have been masterfully crafted by designer Kyle Phillips.
Around the often large and subtly sloping greens all manner of humps, hollows, run-offs and catchment areas will delight heathland (and links) golf aficionados. On the par-4 2nd and in front of the greens at the par-4 9th, par-4 14th and par-5 18th, water ditches come into play; be aware these ditches are wider and deeper than you might at first think.
With its excellent course and practice facilities, huge "elliptic" clubhouse, onsite lodging, full array of country club facilities and day-ticket access for non-members, Bernardus ticks all the boxes. The reputation and popularity of this modern, high-end, excellently presented facility has spread far beyond Netherland's borders ... as the literature says, a place where "great golf and memories" go hand-in-hand.
Pick of the holes: amongst a wonderfully varied collection of excellent par-3s, the 8th and 17th require tee-to-green carries over water. The par-3 13th, protected by a "river of sand" on its right side, is another memorable hole.
Stay&Play at Bernardus: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends on a day ticket basis.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].
Players generally walk this course.
Superb, with an excellent short game practice area.
Bernardus was founded in 1992 by Dutch businessman Bernardus Marinus “Ben” Pon Jr, the son of the leading Dutch automotive entrepreneur Bernardus Marinus “Ben” Pon Sr, who imported VW cars into the Netherlands and the USA in the 1950s.
After competing at the 1972 Munich Olympics in clay pigeon shooting, and then a successful professional motor racing career, Ben Jr followed his dream of making wines to rival the best in the world. He introduced the first tasting rooms to Carmel Valley. With Ben’s passing in 2019, the Bernardus Winery continues its traditions under the guidance of his business partner Robert van der Wallen, the owner of the Bernardus Golf course and a champion of "quality".
Bernardus has already hosted the European Tour's (KLM) Dutch Open Championship on three occasions, in 2021, 2022 and 2023 ... with more to come in the future, no doubt.
Netherlands' 8th best course (Golf World, 2022).
Continental Europe's 50th best course (Golf World, 2023).
Deutersestraat 39B, Cromvoirt 5266 AW, Noord-Brabant.
+31 (0)73 203 4141Visit website
Members and visitors alike can extend their golfing experience with a night in one of the eight rooms of the Bernardus Lodge. With accommodation situated right alongside the golf course, the luxury Lodge has eight double rooms, each with private bathroom. Guests can make full use of the onsite facilities, including heated outdoor swimming pool (open May thru' Oct), tennis court, gym, sauna and hammam, as well as a Michelin-starred restaurant, the "Noble Kitchen".
Efteling; The Duke (pvte).
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Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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