Simon’s Golf Club – the creation of shipping magnate Arne Simonsen – is situated a short distance inland from Humlebæk, a small town on the shores of Oresund, 20 miles north of Copenhagen.
Six years after their purchase in 1987, the Ladehøjgaard estate and Nybogaard mansion house were transformed into an 18-hole championship golf course, 6-hole par three course and practice range with an adjacent 36-bedroomed hotel.
Designed by English architect Martin Hawtree and opened for play in 1993 by Ian Woosnam, Simon’s hosted the Danish Open for three years from 1994 to 1996 and in 2003 it held the first European Tour event in Denmark, the Nordic Open, won by Ian Poulter. The Hawtree Company has since added a 9-hole course to the original layout. The original layout comprises of the two nines now known as A and B with the newer loop called C.
The course favours golfers who can draw the ball off the tee as more than half the holes are right to left doglegs and, like the West course at Wentworth, Simon’s closes with a pair of testing par fives. Excellent drainage installed during construction allows the course to stay open all the year round with only frost or snow halting play.