Noordwijkse - Netherlands

de Noordwijkse Golf Club,
Randweg 25,
2204 AL,
Noordwijk,
Netherlands


  • +31 (0)252 37 37 61

  • Golf Club Website

  • 1 Km N of Noordwijk aan Zee

  • Welcome midweek at certain times - contact club for details

  • Frank Duivenvoorden

  • Frank Pennink

  • Roel Verdonschot


Noordwijk is a bracing North Sea seaside town and golf has been played amongst these Dutch sand dunes since 1915 when the Noordwijkse Golf Club was formed. A housing estate now occupies the original layout and in 1972, Frank Pennink was drafted in to design a new 18-hole course, once again amongst the dunes.

Undoubtedly, Pennink has crafted a classic course on this undulating linksland with each hole winding its way through the dunes and, in a Formby-like style, through pine woods at holes 4 to 7 then 11 and 12. The Dutch Open has been held here nine times and winners include Seve Ballesteros (1986), Bernhard Langer (1992 and 2001) and Colin Montgomerie (1993). Noordwijkse is a supreme pure links test, which stretches to 6,317 metres from the back tees.

To read a detailed essay on De Noordwijkse Golf Club, written by our International Correspondent, click here.

Noordwijk is one of three outstanding links courses situated on this stretch of Dutch coastline… Kennemer (Zandvoort) and Haagsche (The Hague) complete the triumvirate.

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Description: Noordwijkse is classic links course on undulating linksland with each hole winding its way through the dunes and occasionally, in a Formby-like style, through pine woods. Rating: 5.7857142857143 out of 6 Reviews: 10

Without doubt Noordwijk has the most natural piece of land of all the courses I played in Holland. It has an uninterrupted relationship with nature, where the only distraction is the beauty of the rolling sand dunes. It quite rightly has a reputation as the toughest course in Holland, and with any element of wind, this status comes to the forefront.

The journey across the property brings you to wonderful vistas and hugely emphasizes the ground game from 100 yards and in. There are visual disappointments from the first and last tee boxes where the practice ground and a car park respectively get into your line of sight. This highlighted some weaknesses with the routing in places. The variety of holes brings golfers from exposed links sand dunes to a handful of tree-lined fairways at the back-end of the property, which added a welcome sense of charm – but these trees must be pruned to ensure the charm doesn’t evolve into suffocation.

Prepare your golf game to be put on trial as the course asks dozens of very tough questions as you traverse a property oozing with great potential. Let’s hope in the coming years that appropriate modifications to the routing are supported by the club and local government so that the architectural merits can be realised like never before.

5 / 6
Noordwijkse
September 24, 2017


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Noordwijkse was the first of eight courses that I played last week on a short visit to the Netherlands and it established a very high standard for the trip. I can understand why it’s been dubbed a “dunes course” (as opposed to a links course) because many of the holes weave in and around the towering sand hills that proliferate along that particular stretch of the coastline. Fairways played firm and fast, with plenty of opportunities to bump and run around the greens, even for those that were raised.

Noordwijkse Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

The opening tee shot from a high, exposed teebox next to the clubhouse sets the tone for the round right from the off, though playing your first shot towards the practice area doesn’t offer the best of visual targets. Then, just as you’re getting into the rhythm of the round on the links terrain, the routing suddenly veers into the woods at the 5th, where the tree-lined hole doglegs right and down to the green.

This short interlude away from the main links action at the most easterly portion of the property ends at the short par four 8th when you emerge from the pine trees at the short par four 8th, playing left and down to a green that sits in a lovely little dell, surrounded by bunkers. One hole later and you’re back at the clubhouse, where the 9th green tilts significantly from back to front.

Noordwijkse Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

The back nine is solid, with probably the best hole appearing early on at the uphill 11th, where the fairway rises gradually to a raised green that’s framed by sand hills and pine trees. The toughest hole for me (though its degree of difficulty is not reflecting in a benign stroke index of 14) was the right doglegged 15th, played totally blind off the tee across a group of intimidating sand hills.

If I’m being ultra-critical, some of the bushes and small trees close to the fairways on the more open holes could be removed, affording the course more of a proper links aspect, but this objection to extraneous vegetation could equally apply to the other two top rated coastal courses that I played in the days following so it’s not just Noordwijkse that could maybe benefit with a bit of an agronomic tidy up in that regard.

There’s a very relaxed vibe in the clubhouse, where it’s plain to see that members are proud of their club and their course – as they should be – but they’re not hung up on keeping the place entirely to themselves, even though it is a private establishment. It’s always nice to be made welcome as a guest and to feel like you’re accepted on the same level as those who play here all the time.

Jim McCann

5 / 6
Noordwijkse
June 24, 2017


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I was very surprised to see Noordwijk take such a leap in the wrong direction- in the rankings that is. I finally could tick off the best in the country for many years, and it was no letdown. What a beautiful course, and what a beast from the tips. Great risk-reward holes, some quirky blind shots and the forest on the front nine is reminiscent of a fairy tale. I haven't seen better conditioning by a countrymile elsewhere in the Netherlands (not having played the nouveau riche courses yet) The clubhouse is traditionally put on the highest point of the land, and the sea can be spotted from there. It gives you a phenomenal panorama of what you're about to enjoy. This really is a course with a lot of tricks up its'sleeve. Think false fronts, undulating greens, weird slopes that you must avoid, but when you do there are some birdies out there. I can't choose between de Haagsche and Noordwijk, but they are most definitely the two that stand out head and shoulders above the rest. Albeit they are linkscourses and therefore always win...
6 / 6
Noordwijkse
January 25, 2016


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Exiting and challenging course. Beautifully maintained and very difficult.
6 / 6
Noordwijkse
May 20, 2014


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I have been working in Holland for a number of years now and had the please of playing a number of courses including Hilversumsche and Rosendaelsche but the Links courses are the ones I am aiming for now and if Noordwijkse is a taste then I can't wait to get to Kennemer and Koninklijke Haagsche! I received an invite to play Noordwijk in July 2012 from a member who just happens to work colleague and I jumped at the chance. The clubhouse was warm and welcoming although the practice facilities are some distance from anywhere right now but adequate (I was told there are big changes with the local council right now who the club leases the land off to move the 1st tee to bring the range closer...). Moving to the course I have to say that this is one of the finest courses I have played, although it is clearly laid out on links land it is really a mix of Links and woodland. The benefit of playing with a member was very much needed as this is a really challenging track and the naturally undulating terrain made the picking of a line difficult on a number of holes without someone to point you the right way. The par 5's are particularly strong and even the shorter par 4 demand great ball control to stop balls on hard, fast greens. An absolutely superb course and I am already lining up another round already for which I can't wait!
6 / 6
Noordwijkse
September 23, 2012


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Astonishing golf course! From the moment i got out of the " forest road" into the Club area i knew i was going to spend one day into a special place. Great views, superb manteinance, perfect greens also very, very fast and a terrific golf course under every aspect! My preference goes to holes number 2,3,6,11. Very happy to know that hole number 1 will be relocated, now its not high class level like all others holes due to the tee shot view with driving range on target!
6 / 6
Noordwijkse
September 18, 2012


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Played Nordwijkse Golfclub on Thursday May 10th at 1:40 PM from the back tees with David Davis, Top 100 Benelux correspondent. This was my third golf club played in my four club tour of the Netherlands. Played Utrecht de Pan on Tuesday, Koninklijke Haagsche on Wednesday, and Kennemer Golf and Country Club on Friday. I must say playing these four clubs was a great golfing experience and would certainly recommend this rotation for any golfing enthusiast. All were excellent tracts and can understand why they are the top four ranked golf clubs in the Netherlands. I would say Nordwijkse is my top pick of the four golf clubs, however, not by much as all were excellent. I thought Nordwijkse had the best greens of the four. The colonial bent grass greens at Nordwijkse are a cool-season grass that thrives in cool coastal areas and is native to Europe. This same colonial bent grass is used on many of the excellent golf clubs in the Pacific Northwest and Northeastern United States. To be fair, de Pan and Koninklijke Haagsche were both aerated and top dressed when I visited, so cannot give a truly objective opinion. But I do know Noordwijkse has excellent greens. The greens and fairways were firm and perfectly manicured and the tees and bunkers were all in excellent condition.

One oddity at Noordwijkse was the location of the driving range which had to walk down the first fairway to get to the range. David showed me where the first hole is going to be relocated and it looks like the new location in the sand dunes will make the new hole one of the top opening holes anywhere. The range is also going to be relocated which will remove this oddity. The current first hole is a solid 353 meter downhill par 4 that is a slight dogleg to the left with the green guarded by bunkers on the right front and left of the green. Noordwijske Golf Course - Photo by reviewerThe second is a strong three shot 547 meter par 5 that requires accurate shots to reach the green in regulation. The third is a 152 meter par 3 that has a two-tiered green. I thought the 423 meter par 4 fourth was the most difficult on the links as long and accurate shots are required on this hole. The 377 meter par 4 fifth was a dogleg right that requires a drive down the left side of the fairway to see the green on the second shot. The downhill 171 meter par 3 sixth was a nice hole with a relatively smaller green. At this point there were some pine trees that seemed to be out of place in the dunes. David explained that the Germans planted a long line of pine trees in this area to keep the sand from blowing on the farmlands. The seventh was a short slightly dogleg left 331 meter par 4 that requires an accurate tee shot with two bunkers guarding the right front side of the green. The eighth is a 369 meter dogleg left par 4 that requires an accurate tee shot and unless the drive reaches the top of the hill will have a blind second shot. The ninth is a strong 509 meter par 5 that played into a strong wind on the day we played and was a solid three shot hole.

The tenth was a strong 400 meter par 4 with the drive seemingly an optical illusion to me where to go. Looking out from the tee it looked like should keep the drive right but in reality the line was more left to hit the fairway. The eleventh hole is a 457 meter par 5 that is probably the easiest on the links as long as the drive is accurate. The green slopes broadly from back to front on this green with potentially big breaking putts depending on the pin placement. The twelfth is a downhill short 134 meter par 3 guarded by a bunker on the left. The thirteenth was a short 338 meter par 4 that requires an accurate tee shot with the line the grass bunker in the middle of the fairway. The green has an interesting oblique design and is guarded by a left front bunker. The fourteenth is a solid 514 meter par 5. The fifteenth is an interesting relatively short 340 meter par 4 with a blind tee shot. The correct line is the left center of the large sand dune with the green protected by bunkers on the left and right. The sixteenth is a 358 meter par 4 that requires a drive down the left side as the fairway slopes broadly to the right. The seventeenth is a scenic 186 meter par 3 that requires the tee shot to carry on the green. In front of this green is a very steep slope. The eighteenth is a 358 meter par 4 with bunkers on the right side and a bunker on the right front of the green. Overall an excellent links. Click here to see the You Tube photo slideshow video I’ve created. Jim Brady
6 / 6
Noordwijkse
May 17, 2012


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A real treat.Was hosted by the top 100 Benelux correspondent which only added to the experience.A big golf course with lots of space that is very challenging yet simplistic in it's design and the general feel of the place.Lots of raised greens,a few blind drives and hidden pins with very small but fair greens.Plenty variety across the course and I liked the few holes in the forest.No really weak holes on the course in my opinionDefinitely worth playing and would love to play again when the greens are rolling trueA very good course with a very hospitable and welcoming clubhouse
5 / 6
Noordwijkse
March 11, 2012


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In order for a golf course to be considered a great course and really belong to the group that makes up the world’s best, there are several things that have to be considered and many requirements that a course has to satisfy.Noordwijkse Golf Club - 1st hole photo by Arjan Bor My personal test is to take a quick look back after I have finished my round and see how many holes I can recall. I ask myself how many holes stick out as great holes and then consider what I like to call the “wow” factor. For me the “wow” factor has to do mainly with location, for example, the last 6 holes at Cypress Point, the rocky cliffs, the break of the Pacific and the cypress trees. That’s a “wow” worthy of only the top course in the world. In The Netherlands granted there are some nice courses, however, there is only one course that can possibly provide a certain “wow” in my view. That course is De Noordwijkse.

The moment you turn off the coastal highway and onto the entrance driveway proceeding through the wooded coastal pine forest you realise you might be in for something special and unique. Upon breaking out of the pine forest and entering through the entrance gate the landscape opens up to the purest of links land. That to which any jolly Scot or Irishman would be incredibly proud. Upon arrival in the clubhouse you experience the “wow” factor I’m talking about. It’s a view I can only compare to that of Cruden Bay or even Chambers Bay where you look out from the highly perched clubhouses and first see what lies in wait before you. The view allows you to look out over much of the course and the rugged, undulated dunes land. It’s tough to hold back the excitement from this point.

At De Noordwijkse it’s clear that everything revolves around one thing and one thing only, that my friends is golf. Everything else is understated, the clubhouse is very nice and cozy, a great place to sit inside before and after your round. However, it’s incredibly understated and from the outside looks like something you might see in the dunes in Scotland or Ireland. The facilities are nice and cozy but the only real luxury is the view, that is, until you’re standing on the first tee. Review by David Davis (Top 100 Benelux correspondent – click here to read the full story.
6 / 6
Noordwijkse
December 08, 2011


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I have to comment on some of the remarks made here which I enjoy reading. To catch the Noordwijkse on a day when there is no wind is rare to say the least. Perhaps we've had about 5 of those this year. At nearly 7000 yds from the tips it's impossible to call this course not long, unless of course it's played from the women's tees. Let's not forget it's a links course and I'd challenge any single hcp'er to break 80 on a typical windforce 6-8 day. In fact, I even bet all my guests under 5 hcp they can't break 80 if the wind is blowing. Haven't lost that one yet. If your 5-10 hcp I make that 85-90 depending on the day. Win the bet, I buy all the drinks. The course is a bear, the rough is brutal in the summer the fairways are anything but wide as one reviewer commented although a couple are generous when there is no wind but miss them by a meter and let's just say pack lots of balls. The rest sounds pretty accurate. Let's face it, hit the ball long and straight down the middle every time and most courses fairways are pretty generous I guess. I'm a 6 hcp, have played nearly all the great links courses in the world and 44 of world's top 100 courses. Noordwijkse holds it's own among the best and has been kicking my butt all summer.
6 / 6
Noordwijkse
September 06, 2011


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