Dutch Open

The Dutch Open has been a European Tour event since 1972 but its origins stretch way back to sixty years earlier, when an “unofficial” competition took place on 31st August 1912 at The Hague’s 9-hole course within the Clingendael racecourse. English-born George Pannell of Royal GC de Belgique beat another Englishman living in Belgium, Charles Warren of Knokke Golf Club, by one shot with a 36-hole total of 158.

It’s not known how many took part in that first contest but the second edition three years later was officially sanctioned by the five oldest clubs in the Netherlands, with twelve players taking part at the same venue. This time, the Dutch amateur Gerry del Court van Krimpen won, beating two English professionals (Henry Burrows and Ernest Kettley) into second place by one stroke.

Dutch Open Championship Trophy

Burrows was the professional at Doornsche Golf Club from 1910 to 1920 before leaving for Belgium to work at Antwerpt then Waterloo then returning as the professional at De Voornschee. He was the first man to win the Dutch Open three times (1920, 1921 and 1923) and was allowed to keep the challenge cup, with a new one put up for competition.

As an aside, on the occasion of the 90th Open and the 100th anniversary of Kennemer Golf & Country Club in 2009, the original trophy was exhibited in the clubhouse during the 4-day championship after the family of Henry Burrows very kindly donated it to the Netherlands Golf Federation in return for a replica.

The first twenty Dutch Opens were played over two 18-hole rounds before the competition changed to a 72-hole format in 1933. Eleven of theses tournaments were held at “The Haagsche” and it would host one more Open in 1938 before World ...

Dutch Open host courses

Domburgsche

29th Netherlands Ranking

Domburgsche Golf Club was founded in 1914 and the 9-hole pure links course was commandeered by the Germans during WWII and subsequently bombed by the Allies. The craters now form wonderful revetted bunkers.

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Eindhoven

4th Netherlands Ranking 23rd Continental Europe Ranking

Eindhovensche Golf was inaugurated in 1930 and the great Harry S. Colt routed the course through a dense forest a few kilometres to the south of Eindhoven.

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Hilversumsche

7th Netherlands Ranking 32nd Continental Europe Ranking

Hilversumsche Golf Club is one of the most exclusive clubs in the Netherlands but thankfully you can still get a midweek game if you book in advance.

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Kennemer

3rd Netherlands Ranking 14th Continental Europe Ranking

As soon as you arrive at Kennemer Golf & Country Club and you catch a glimpse of the undulating links land and the thatched-roof clubhouse, you know you are somewhere special.

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Koninklijke Haagsche

1st Netherlands Ranking 2nd Continental Europe Ranking 80th World Ranking

The similarity between this Dutch linksland and that of the British coastline is uncanny. Koninklijke Haagsche Golf & Country Club (or Royal Hague) is an exacting layout which pitches and rolls across undulating land.

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Noord-Brabantsche - Toxandria

13th Netherlands Ranking

Noord-Brabantsche Golf Club Toxandria was founded in 1928 when Harry Colt laid out a nine-hole course on a small parcel of sandy heathland located between Breda and Tilburg.

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Noordwijkse

6th Netherlands Ranking 26th Continental Europe Ranking

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.

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Rosendaelsche

8th Netherlands Ranking 41st Continental Europe Ranking

Rosendaelsche Golf Club is one of the oldest clubs in the Netherlands (formed in 1895) and is heathland golf at its very best, played over gently undulating forested terrain.

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The Dutch

12th Netherlands Ranking

Opened for members play in May 2011 and known simply as “The Dutch”, this new Colin Montgomerie inland links-marketed golf course was at the heart of Holland’s bid to host the 2018 Ryder Cup.

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The International - Amsterdam

15th Netherlands Ranking

You won’t need your passport to board the first tee at The International at Amsterdam Airport, just take your normal golfing gear. But if you’re a plane spotter you might get distracted.

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Dutch Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Petro Walters Courses Played 11
= Mats Courses Played 11
= BB Courses Played 11
= Rob Hoekstra Courses Played 11
= Nolte Courses Played 11
6 Maartens Courses Played 10
= Peter van Weel Courses Played 10
= Frederic Vooght Courses Played 10
= David Davis Courses Played 10
= Oscar Balhuizen Courses Played 10