Nistelrode, Noord-Brabant 5388 RC
18 holes. Tree-lined & open heathland. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.
Original course at this location (known as Golfclub De Hooge Vorssel) was revamped and extended to 18 holes by Alan Rijks (2015).
1.5 km N of Nistelrode / 26 km SW of Nijmegen.
The Duke represents the latest in a trio of private courses to arrive on the Dutch golfing scene. All prefixed by the definite article, The Dutch (2010, designer Colin Montgomerie) and The International (2012, Ian Woosnam) have now been joined by The Duke, which firmly targets a business clientele and the corporate golf market.
Laid out on easy-draining sandy soil, a former woodland nine-hole course (known as De Hooge Vorssel) was substantially revamped by Dutch course designer Alan Rijks. His redesign also included the addition of a much more open and linksy nine, to the west of the original nine. At times wooded, at others much more open, a degree of straight-hitting is demanded from the tee, especially on some of the tighter tree-lined holes.
MOST MEMORABLE HOLE: the par-3 7th. Not unsurprisingly a hole that resembles the island green par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass is going to steal any show ... and so it does at The Duke.
Stay & Play at The Duke: luxury onsite accommodation available (for a limited period only); see Where2Stay section below.
Private club that allows a very limited amount of outside visitor play by prior arrangement.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for details regarding playing possibilities. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course.
The Duke golf course, with its impressive "Sir Edwin Luytens English-style" clubhouse and highly-rated restaurant, is owned by the Van Eerd family, also owners of Jumbo Supermarkets and a chain of golf shops, Jumbo Golfwereld (Golf World). The vision for The Duke is that of a high-end exclusive business golf club, targeted at Corporate members.
Apparently the club name is connected to the Dukes of 's-Hertogenbosch, who used this and the surrounding land for hunting deer and wild boar. A small onsite hotel is planned for The Duke, which will primarily be for the use of its corporate members.
The Duke, Slotenseweg 11, 5388 RC Nistelrode, Netherlands.
+31 (0)412 611 992Visit website
For a limited period only, The Duke is offering a "Discovery Package" (€200 pp based on two sharing), where non-members can enjoy an overnight stay in luxury onsite suites, and have access to all the golf facilities, including the Alan Rijks-designed golf course. The package also includes breakfast and a full 24/7 butler service.
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