Bernardus Golf & Memories is a new course designed by Kyle Phillips which opened for play in 2018. It will host the KLM Dutch Open from 2020 onwards for at least 3 years.
Without any significant elevation change through the property Philips has relied on some artful sculpting of the sand base to create a lovely heathland course.
The heather needs to mature but the bunkering and green complexes are first class and have a natural look.
One presumes the original landscape was dead flat, but the finished result has a rolling links feel without any significant elevation change – that's impressive!
Despite the 'linksy' feel, the best holes involved water, and added that element of ‘will I, won’t I’ that makes a game more interesting.
Bernardus is a private members club, but currently allows a small number of visitors to become 'members for the day'. It’s a world-class course with world-class facilities and will only get better as it matures over the next few years.
Now is the time to take any opportunities to play!
Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.
Date: August 10, 2019