Heelsum has improved a lot with the years and the ambition is really paying off. Starting as a dull, open course it has become more and more challenging and aesthetically pleasing. It has the character of a modern inland-links with rough edges (large waste area's, bushes, sharply cut bunkers and contoured, undulating greens).
The Helsum-nine is also a lot of fun to play. You can play here year round thanks to the sandy soil. Give this course a few more years to mature and I think it can continue to improve. I do think the course plays best when it has the hard and fast conditions, which I know some members have disliked, forcing the greenkeepers to slow down and soften the greens in previous years.
If you really want to treat yourself, have dinner at the neighbouring restaurant De Kromme Dissel! MO
Date: January 17, 2018