Only 7 years old, but already high up on many 'must play' list of golf fanatics in the Netherlands (and Belgium). Although I'm not overly enthusiastic about the endless repetition of the inland links-type concept used for new courses, de Stippelberg is my favourite one in the Netherlands and I try to visit the track at least once a year. Stippelberg organises a Stippelberg Open every summer.
Despite the fact that a lot of earth moving took place for shaping the holes, Stippelberg has a very natural feel to it, which is unusual for such an inland links-type design.
The start of the round is rather peculiar (par3, par5, par3), but the design of the holes are all of very good quality. Stippelberg is a mature Championship course staring you in the face from your first till your last shot. Fairways have a true links feel, are not very wide, and strategic bunkering al the way up to the greens. In summer the rough can be penal. Given its young age, not overly long from the back-tees (6.114 mtrs), but man it's a cracking course if you decide to take on the whites! To give you an idea of the difficulty: from the back tees the playing handicap is +4 strokes.
Stippelberg could be a serious contender for a top 10 position in the Netherlands, if they decide to upgrade the greens. Green complex designs are great (both bunkering and undulations), but the greens are too slow for proper putting (and they don't hold their line that well either). I understood that is has been decided to cater to the complaints of the members about the difficulty of the course.
Date: July 28, 2017