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The Dutch

The Dutch

Spijk Gem Lingewaal, Gelderland
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Edwin Vermaas
01/07
Edwin Vermaas
Spijk Gem Lingewaal, Gelderland
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  • AddressHaarweg 3, 4212 KJ Spijk Gem Lingewaal, Netherlands
  • Championships hosted

In 1996, four good friends and golf professionals (who lived in The Netherlands), sat in front of a warm fire at Loch Lomond and formed a golf company called Made in Scotland that aspired to improve the game they loved in the Netherlands. This humble beginning would later lead to the expansion of their company along with the realization of their dream to create a world-class golf experience that would compete with the top golf courses in Continental Europe.

Made in Scotland worked together with Colin Montgomerie and Ross McMurray of European Golf Design (which is a joint venture between IMG and the European Tour) to create a course that would live up to the high standards necessary to host European Tour events. On the 14th of May 2011, The Dutch officially opened and was then put forward in the country’s bid to host the 2018 Ryder Cup. Unfortunately for the Netherlands, France won the Ryder Cup bid, but the infrastructure and facilities developed at The Dutch remain a lasting legacy and are pitched at a level capable of all the demands required to host any large-scale professional golf event.

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Edwin Vermaas
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The Dutch also represents a completely different kind of golf experience to anything that previously existed in the Netherlands. The level of service and the quality of facilities, from the practice areas to the meeting rooms and locker rooms are second to none. The club was formed as a place where business meets golf, where companies pamper clients and build relations in a very special environment. The Dutch is a rare treat for the lucky members and their invited guests.

Apparently styled in the fashion of an inland links, The Dutch features links-like bunkering, undulating green complexes and diverse, burn-like water hazards. The entire facility is set up for the hosting of European Tour events, at least the main Netherlands stop... the KLM Open was destined to be staged here at some point. The Dutch is really the only venue in the Netherlands that has the perfect facilities, space and infrastructure to easily and logistically host these events, which makes perfect sense given the club was a potential Ryder Cup venue and was designed as such.

In 2016 The Dutch was duly rewarded as host venue for the KLM Open, which historically has always been contested on a classic links or heathland course. Home favourite Joost Luiten won the event, becoming the first Dutchman to win his national Open twice. Frenchman Romain Wattel won the 2017 tournament and China’s Wu Ashun lifted the trophy in 2018. The KLM Open relocates from The Dutch to The International at Schiphol Airport in 2019 to commemorate the airline’s centenary and the 100th edition of the Dutch Open.

The Dutch is very private club, extremely private even for the standards of The Netherlands. Therefore, even if you are coming from overseas and call ahead or write in advance, you won’t get a game unless you know a member or have a corporate contact.

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