Koninklijke Haagsche - Netherlands

Koninklijke Haagsche Golf & Country Club,
Groot Haesebroekseweg 22,
2243 EC Wassenaar,
Netherlands


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The Hague or Den Haag (in Dutch) is known as the “Legal Capital of the World”, thanks to the likes of the Peace Palace and the International Criminal Court. With royal palaces and regular music festivals, the Hague could never be labelled as a boring city but, with Koninklijke Haagsche Golf & Country Club located nearby, and Noordwijkse and Kennemer a little further along the coast, the Hague could be the most exciting links golfing destination on mainland Europe.

Golfers worldwide first sampled the delights of this royal club in 1963 when Byron Nelson played Gerry de Wit in one of the earliest games during the popular “Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf” series of televised challenge matches.

The similarity between this section of Dutch linksland and that of the British coastline is uncanny. Even though the Koninklijke Haagsche Golf Club was founded way back in 1893, we must thank the design firm of Colt, Alison and Morrison Ltd. for today’s legacy, with the course opening for play in 1939. According to a column in Het Ochtendblad (The Morning Paper) printed in October 1939, Captain Alison designed the course, but couldn't be present for the official opening as he lived overseas.

It’s an exacting layout which pitches and rolls across undulating land. You can be forgiven for having a lack of balance at Haagsche because you’ll find many uneven lies. Host venue for the Dutch Open on numerous occasions (the last was back in 1981), Haagsche is course that cannot fail to impress links traditionalists.

Top-flight professional golf returned to Royal Haagsche in 2010. The inaugural Van Lanschot Senior Open was hosted here in the Hague and Englishman George Ryall prevailed, claiming his maiden European Senior Tour title. Irishman Des Smyth claimed the 2011 title in thrilling fashion with a brilliant final round of 65 then Japan's Masahiro Kuramoto won the 2012 event with an even par aggregate score of 216, beating Andrew Oldcorn by two strokes.

It makes a pleasant change to find great links courses outside Britain and Ireland, so get your skates on and discover this stretch of North Sea coastline for yourself. You won't be disappointed by the quality of golf that's on offer.


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Description: The similarity between this Dutch linksland and that of the British coastline is uncanny. Koninklijke Haagsche Golf & Country Club is an exacting layout which pitches and rolls across undulating land. Rating: 8.8 out of 10 Reviews: 13
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Maarten
This is a phenomenal golf course. I'm lucky to have played it on a very sunny day in a modest breeze. The greens are very fast by Dutch standards and they are very true as well. There are some steep and tricky slopes so it really is all about hitting good shots and hitting the RIGHT shot that fits the situation, or you'll get punished. The clubhouse and the practice facilities are great and conditioning is from a very high standard. Even in november the conditioning was great. I think this course is underrated, but that may be due to the greens that have been rebuilt a few years ago. The greens are now one of the strongest features of the course in my opinion. You really need to score well around the par 5's that are all relatively easy and short, but great risk and reward holes. This is a must play course. MO
November 12, 2011
10 / 10
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Fraser
This is a fun course which can be very challenging when the wind is blowing. 17 of the greens have now been renovated and are very fast by Dutch standards (normal by British links standards). Unfortunately the 18th green has not been renovated and is very bumpy. However its a relatively easy par 5 giving a fantastic view down to the clubhouse from the tee on top of the dunes.Most of the holes here are short so course is also playable for short hitters. Fairways are fairly narrow, but bigger challenge is that the fairways run over the dunes, making them very steep in places. Also quite a lot of blind shots so it takes a few rounds to get to know your way around the course.Lovely clubhouse and good practice facilities.
December 22, 2009
8 / 10
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Cédric
This is a traditional member’s club but visitors are made most welcome. Indeed a very friendly club. Nothing snooty here. The course itself is a Masterpiece despite its rather short yardage. The 2 loops of nine wander through high dunes and pines alike. The front nine is especially strong with 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th being my personal favorites. It doesn’t have a links feel as it is so often referred to but here you will find a very penal rough nonetheless. The course is undergoing lots of renovation work at the moment and 8 greens are still temporary (10th to 17th). The other 10 are brand new, yet still a bit fury and slow. But here is a traditional club that wants to keep its course to the highest standards, respect the environment and make every player someone special for the duration of the round. Bravo! That doesn’t happen in a minute! Despite being a little disappointed by the back nine for the reasons explained above, I don’t regret any second of my round there. My advice is, give yourself a year or 2 and then rush to play that course, it is going to be quite an experience when the greens are back to the highest quality. The Clubhouse is superb too and offers great food and a great service. Hard to believe that the whole place burnt some years ago! A model club…. Cédric
August 29, 2007
8 / 10
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