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.
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.