Aalden, Drenthe 7854 TD
18 holes. Tree-lined & open heathland. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.
Open rural countryside.
Original 9-hole design by Frank Pennink (1972); extended to 18 holes by Donald Steel (1992); renovated by Frank Pont (2011).
2.5 km NW of Aalden / 72 km NE of Zwolle.
Drenthe Golfclub "De Gelpenberg": as the oldest golf course in the Dutch province of Drenthe, "De Gelpenberg" offers a partly-wooded and partly-open heathland layout, guaranteed to test all facets of your game. It is arguably the best of the country's more northerly layouts, together with Lauswolt (50 km away to the north-west). Both these courses were originally the work of celebrated English golf course architect Frank Pennink, and both were extended to 18-holes by Pennink's one-time partner Donald Steel.
The two nine-hole loops of "De Gelpenberg" journey out to the north and south of the clubhouse. Early in the front-nine loop, water is threateningly encountered at the par-3 2nd hole. The same u-shaped lake also provides the intimidation factor at the tough dog-legging par-4 7th and short par-3 8th.
Water hazards are not encountered on the back-nine, but this is where Pennink's partly tree-lined fairways will feel at their tightest, and the rough beyond them is at its most heathery!
Pick of the holes: The excellent right-to-left doglegging par-4 18th requires a gentle draw from the tee (if you can), before you hit over a huge cross-bunker on your approach to the green. This "infamous" sand trap provides a final reminder of the layout's easy-draining sandy sub-soil, a prerequisite on all true heathland courses.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire (book in advance).
Drenthe GC "De Gelpenberg" participates in the Netherland Golf Federation's "Committed to Green" programme, designed to stimulate and assist golf course managers to consciously deal with sustainable golf course management. Specific attention is given to the natural and environmental aspects of the course. After completion of the program, international certification can be requested by the Golf Environment Organization (GEO) ... not unlike the USA's Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.
Netherlands' 20th best course (Golf World, 2022).
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
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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