Harry Colt is one of the great golf course architects. His work around the world, particularly in the famous London heathlands, is legendary. And here in the heart of The Netherlands we came to play a course designed by Colt on land that is as good as anything in London.
With holes framed by thick forest 'de Pan' is not ideally suited to spectators. Neither is the course as long as usually required for tournament golf in the modern era. Nevertheless 'de Pan' has hosted the KLM Dutch Open 3 times, and gained international exposure in 1967 as host to an edition of ‘Shells Wonderful World of
Golf’ which was televised to a world-wide audience.
With an undulating sand base and magnificent thick forest of mature trees, de Pan offers a succession of golf holes that demand the golfer think their way around rather than launch into big drives.
It’s not flashy, long or overly demanding. It does however require some thought on length of tee shot, and angle of attack.
Ultrecht Golf Club de Pan is one of the most impressive old courses I have played.
It is playable by all standards of player, yet challenging for all at the same time. Isn't that what we all want from our golf?
Ultrecht Golf Club 'de Pan' has instantly become one of my favourite courses around the world, and I intend to return at the next opportunity.
Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.
Date: August 22, 2019