Zandvoort, Noord Holland 2040 XT
27 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Coastal duneland and woodland.
Original nine-hole course dates from 1910. English course architect Harry Colt designed the current B and C nines (1926), and returned in 1937 to design the A-nine. In 1985 Dutch-born architect Frank Pennink was commissioned to build the A-nine; he adhered to Colt's original 1937 plan on all but one of the holes.
26 km W of Amsterdam
From the southern end of Haarlem (Haarlem-Zuid) follow the Zanvoorterweg, direction Zandvoort. Go through Bentveld. At roundabout (approx 1 km after Bentveld) continue straight on. After o.3 km turn right into Kennemerweg, direction Kennemer Golf. After 250m visitors' parking is on your left.
Kennemer Golf & Country Club: On the North Sea facing coast of the Dutch provinces of North and South Holland is a vast area of coastal duneland. Tucked into the sand hills well behind the shoreline, you'll find three of the best golf courses in the Netherlands - Kennemer is the most northerly, with Noordwijk and Royal Hague ("The Haagsche") not too far away to the south.
Located 2 km back from the sea, Kennemer Golf & Country Club is home to 27-holes of superb links golf. The three nine-hole loops, A (Van Hengel), B (Pennink) and C (Colt) each run out-and-back from the clubhouse. The A-course, built by Frank Pennink almost 50 years after it was originally designed by Harry Colt, occupies the eastern flank of Kennemer's sand dunes. It is altogether tighter, tougher, longer and more "bush-lined" than the other two nines.
Built shortly after Colt designed them in 1926, the B and C-nines offer the best combination (in our view). Both these nines exude a more classically open undulating links feel, complete with out-of-bounds and a railway line skirting part of the B-course. The B-nine wraps itself around the C, creating a loop within a loop, and ensuring a constantly varying wind direction as you proceed. Among the many fabulous links holes here, the mountainous par-3 15th (C-nine) is one of the really memorable holes.
There is not too much in view beyond the course except the neighbouring duneland, Zandvoort's "sky-line" and a few apartment blocks. Your full concentration can be maintained on the excellence of Kennemer's links, and negotiating your way safely round them. From the impressive thatched-roof clubhouse you look out onto the impressive links terrain that plays host to all three of Kennemer's nine-hole loops.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and Saturdays; no visitors on Sundays. Visitors should be NGF members or members of a recognised foreign golf club.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: 24. Proof of handicap and golf club membership required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course.
Kennemer has hosted many top-level golf tournaments, not least the Dutch Open championship on many occasions. The course used for the Dutch Open comprises all nine holes on the A-course, the first three from the B-course and then six from the C-course. For more details view Top Golf Tournaments at Kennemer Golf & Country Club.
The town of Zandvoort is not only a busy holiday resort but is also home to the Netherland's premier motor racing circuit (venue of the former Dutch Formula 1 Grand Prix).
Netherlands: 3rd best course in the Netherlands (Golf Digest, 2020).
Europe: 9th best course in Europe (excl Britain & Ireland) (Golf World, 2021).
Burgemeester van Fenemaplein 2, 2042 TA Zandvoort.
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The Best Western Palace Hotel is located directly along the popular beach in Zandvoort. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a terrace looking out onto the North Sea.
Noordwijk; Amsterdamse; Houtrak.
Burgemeester Van Alphenstraat 63, 2041 KG Zandvoort
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The 213-room NH Zandvoort hotel enjoys a peaceful setting next to one of Holland’s best beaches. From here it’s a 10-minute drive to Haarlem, while Amsterdam and the famous Keukenhof tulip gardens are less than half an hour away. The hotel is opposite the country’s most famous racetrack.
Noordwijk, Houtrak, Amsterdamse.
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