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. Hawtree Ltd. has since added a 9-hole course to the original layout, which comprises 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.
Former Hawtree associate Casper Grauballe completed a renovation of all 27 holes at Simon’s in 2020, introducing new drainage, an updated irrigation system, and renovation of all the sand hazards using Capillary Concrete and Durabunker synthetic edging.
Let me first say that this course is really a marvellous place.
It's environment is on the posh side. One thing I never really understood is the lack of investment in the training and driving range facilities when you have such a beautiful golf course and willingness to invest in it.
The course is a pearl. Alone the bunkers are perfectly drained (played the day after 30mm of rain). Greens where large and tough. Honestly the breaks they would take sometimes were just nuts.
I expected a lot playing here. And it mostly lived up to my expectations. Only thing is that the scenery was less pretty compared to what I would have thought. Don't miss the opportunity to play here if you have it.
Only course in Europe to have hosted European mens/ladies/senior/challenge tour events. Inland park links, plays fairly wide and long(from the whites) with fescue rough once you're 'out there' (although much of the rough have been cut recently during an extensive redesign involving bunker placements/sand/drain, tee boxes and a few hole redesigns). Generally very receptive greens, even during dry spells. Hawtree have managed to design a course where you don't just pull the big stick on each hole. Good players will use most of the equipment in the bag during 18 at Simons.
Biggest praise I can give the course, is that I've been a member for 10+ years and never got tired of playing the course.
We were a group of +/- scratch golfers that joined another highly praised "Top 100 golfcourse" in the region, but we all returned to Simons after just one year as we all prefer this course.