Noordwijk, Zuid Holland 2204 AL
18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Coastal duneland and woodland.
Original 18-hole course, which no longer exists, laid out by Harry Colt (1931). When the club moved to a new site 5 km north of the original, Frank Pennink of Cotton, Pennink, Lawrie & Co supervised the new course construction (in 1969), working to a design largely developed by P. de Jong and other club members (in 1959).
35 km N of Den Haag
From the A44 just north of Leiden, take exit 6 (Voorhout-Noordwijk) and follow direction Voorhout-Noordwijk. After 3.6 km turn right onto the N206 direction Noordwijkerhout-Haarlem. After 4.1 km leave the N206 at exit Noorwijkerhout-Zuid and follow direction Noordwijkerhout-Congress Centrum. After o.1 km at roundabout turn right direction Noordwijkerhout. After o.9 km at roundabout turn left direction "Naar Zee". After 2.8 km turn left into small road, direction Noordwijkse GC. After o.7 km along small access road, golf entrance is in front of you.
Noordwijkse Golfclub: It is difficult to imagine a more revered links golf course in continental Europe than is found here amongst the dunes at Noordwijk. Maybe Harry Colt's original layout, which lay five kilometres to the south, was of equal stature. But that course was abandoned after World War II in favour of constructing the current course. Frank Pennink supervised the construction of the 'new' layout, to a design largely developed by the club's members, led by Mr P. De Jong.
Set back from and just out of sight of the sea, most of the Noordwijk course occupies a stunning set of towering sand dunes. The layout weaves its way between the sand hills, demanding accurate shot-making from the tee, and again around the well-bunker defended greens. The middle part of the front-nine takes you on a brief excursion through the corner of a pine forest. The pines may provide a brief respite from the elements, but don't count on any trees for shelter on the back nine - just a succession of majestic and demanding links holes, laid out in open duneland.
One of several knee-trembling (blind) carries you'll need to make comes with the second shot over a saddle-back hill at the par-5 2nd. Additional blind shots also feature from one or two of the tees. A word of caution about attempting to play from the ever-lengthening back tees. Don't, unless you are a low single-figure handicapper, or better! If the wind is blowing or your game is out of sorts, Noordwijk can be a brute.
Nothing intrudes on the naturalness of the surroundings here. Roads and housing are left far behind as you head through the pine forest and connect with the duneland and golf course. Not just one of the finest golf courses in the Netherlands, Noordwijk ranks alongside some of the world's very best links golf courses.
Visitors welcome on weekdays; no outside visitors on weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap permitted: 24 (all visitors). Proof of golf club membership required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course.
Noordwijkse Golf Club has hosted the Dutch Open Championship on many occasions, starting in 1916 when a Major Charles Bryce won the trophy; he was one of a number of British Army officers interned in the Netherlands at the time. Since those early days, Noordwijk has produced an impressively international list of Dutch Open champions, including Bernhard Langer (Ger), Graham Marsh and Stephen Leaney (Aus), Bob Byman and Payne Stewart (USA), Seve Ballesteros (Esp) and Colin Montgomerie (Scot). For more details view Top Golf Tournament at Noordwijkse Golfclub.
Netherlands: 4th best course in the Netherlands (Golf Digest, 2020).
Europe: 9th best course in Europe (excl Britain & Ireland) (Golf World, 2019).
Koningin Astrid Blvd 5, 2202 BK Noordwijk aan Zee.
+31(0)71 361 92 20Visit website
This large 254-room, 5-star hotel is located less than 100m from the beach in Noordwijk. It offers a multitude of amenities and activities, including sea-view rooms and terraces, tennis courts, bicycle rental, several bars and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
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Warmonderweg 8, 2171 AH Sassenheim.
+31 (0)252 219 019Visit website
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