Het Rijk Nunspeet (North & East) - Netherlands

Het Rijk Nunspeet,
Plesmaniaan 30,
8072 PT Nunspeet,
Netherlands


  • +31 (0) 341 255 255

  • Golf Club Website

  • 54 miles E of Amsterdam, via the A1 and A28

  • Welcome anytime, book in advance

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  • Paul Rolin

  • Brian Gee

Golf architect Paul Rolin has, over many years, created plenty of new courses in his native Belgium and neighbouring France, including Royal Waterloo (Le Lion) and Hardelot (Les Dunes). He’s also credited with several Dutch designs, the best of which is the 27-hole layout here at Nunspeet.

It’s one of four golf complexes in the Netherlands that operate under the banner of “The Empire” (along with the 45-holes at Nijmegen, 18-holes in Margraten and 27-holes at Sybrook) and its tight, tree-lined holes are laid out within woodland to the south of the small market town of Nunspeet.

The facility opened at the end of the 1980s, once three 9-hole circuits had been carved from the forested landscape, and it’s generally accepted that the North and East nines comprise the premier 18-hole layout, with each of those loops ending on a large double green beside the clubhouse.

Don’t dismiss the South nine out of hand, though – especially if it’s only because you think some of the holes might be a little noisier due to their proximity to the A28 motorway – as it has its fair share of outstanding holes, none more so than the closing par five which has water in play all the way up the right side of the fairway.
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Description: It’s one of four golf complexes in the Netherlands that operate under the banner of Het Rijk “The Empire” and its tight, tree-lined holes are laid out within woodland to the south of the small market town of Nunspeet. Rating: 4 out of 6 Reviews: 2

Nunspeet offers a very pleasant environment to enjoy a round in Holland and is worth a visit if you are in the area.

Tee shots are often well framed and it’s a pretty walk though fairly flat pine forest. Occasionally there’s the odd small dune or patch of Het Rijk Nunspeet (North & East) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer heather to keep you company and add interest.

I don’t feel that the quality of the layout quite matches up to the aesthetics though, and some of the potential of the site has been lost. There’s not enough playing interest for me, partly due to the fairways consistently being too narrow. Economics pressures of being a public course presumably meant they crammed 27 holes into this site, but they could have created a more interesting and expansive 18 to really rival some of the top Dutch forest courses.

Having said this, I’ve not played here with anyone who didn’t enjoy it, and for first timers it always creates a good first impression. It can also be good value and is deserving of its current Top 20 ranking in Holland

4 / 6
Het Rijk Nunspeet (North & East)
August 11, 2018


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Nunspeet provides 3 very challenging loops of golf holes. Paul Rolin has made a great effort here. Each loop has some spectaculair holes. For a Dutch municipal course the conditions are generally amazing. The greens ran at stimp 9 last summer and the fairways were nice and hard as they should be on a course that is layed out on sandy soil. If you find yourself in the area, it is a course not to be missed. Dutch tourplayer Robert-jan Derksen recently opened his putting academy at Nunspeet, which will help the dutch talents improve their putting skills so they will not struggle on the greens like the current tour players. There is a link betwen their level of putting and the conditions of the greens in the Netherlands, apart from very few courses that are always in great shape. ( Dutch, Noordwijkse, Koninklijke Haagsche). Nunspeet is a joy to play and is good value for money. Because The Netherlands is such a small country it's hard to decide what courses are actually nearby, but Hoge Kleij, De Pan and de Rosendaelsche spring to mind. They are all within 45 minutes of Nunspeet.
4 / 6
Het Rijk Nunspeet (North & East)
January 04, 2012


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