Broekpolder - Netherlands

Broekpolder Golf Club,
Watersportweg 100,
3138 HD Vlaardingen,

  • +31 (0) 10 249 5555

  • C M van Erven Dorens-van Ditzhuijzen

  • Frank Pennink

  • J W Doughtie

“God created the world except for the Netherlands. The Dutch took it from the sea.” Now there’s a quote that anyone studying the topography of Western Europe will easily relate to. All along the coast of Holland, large tracts of low-lying land (polders) have been reclaimed from the North Sea and enclosed by dykes to keep the waters at bay.

Within one such area of land, just a few miles to the west of Rotterdam, Broekpolder Golf Club enlisted the help of Frank Pennink in 1981 to turn a flat, featureless landscape into an exciting, open parkland course. Making good use of water features (surprise, surprise) and with a little earth-moving activity, the architect succeeded in creating something of a modern Dutch master.

Subsequently updated in 2004 by Gerard Jol, the Broekpolder course (and its huge variety of trees) is maturing nicely as time goes by. The club celebrated their 25th anniversary with a series of events to mark the occasion and one competition “Battle of the Frogs” was held in tribute to the little green amphibians that inhabit many parts of the Broekpolder course – so much so that one of them appears on the club logo.

In autumn 2021 the club embarked on a greens renovation plan under Frank Pont's stewardship.

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Description: Frank Pennink originally designed Booekpolder Golf Club and he turned a flat, featureless landscape into an exciting, open parkland course. It’s now something of a modern Dutch master. Rating: 6 out of 10 Reviews: 1
The four of us teed off around noon on the 1st of december. The first few holes let you ease into the round before you play the hardest holes, 7-12. Broekpolder is a pretty long course but doesn't really play so because there are 5 par 5s and most par 4s are of reasonable length, even from the back tees. I was told that since the Deloitte Ladies Open (LET) the greens had been outstanding and I couldn't argue with that. the whole course was wet and cold but the greens didn't show the slightest blemish whatsoever and were a joy to putt on. The course is pretty flat and the area isn't all that inspiring but the sheer quality of the design and the conditions of the course surprised me in a good way. The best holes in my opinion are the par 5 3rd, the 199 meter downhill par 3 9th and the Amen corner of Broekpolder, the 11th, the very hard long dogleg par 4 12th, with a beautiful water hazard on the right of the green and out of bounds down the right side of the fairway and the beautiful par 3 13th that plays over water. This course is not a must play by any means but it is a good test of golf and the greens were absolutely delightful. MO
December 03, 2012
6 / 10
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