Utrecht de Pan - Netherlands

Utrechtse Golf Club de Pan,
Amersfoortseweg 1,
3735 LJ Bosch en Duin,
Netherlands


  • +31 (0) 30 696 9120

  • Golf Club Website

  • 10 km E of Utrecht

  • Welcome Monday to Thursday, contact in advance

Dating back to 1894, Utrechtse Golf Club de Pan is the second oldest golf club in the Netherlands – Haagsche is the oldest by just one year. Harry Colt designed Utrecht de Pan in 1929 and the course is set in delightful wooded seclusion.

A worldwide audience of golfers glimpsed the charms of this layout in 1967 during one of the “Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf” series of televised challenge matches when the course hosted a tie between Peter Thomson and Dave Marr.

Host to the Dutch Open on three occasions – the last was in 1982 which Paul Way won – Utrecht de Pan is a strategic and exacting layout which requires thought rather than muscle, especially during the homeward nine.

The course is laid out in classic English heathland style, doglegging through stands of pine, birch, oak and chestnut trees with memorable driving holes at the 6th, 7th and 10th where the tee shot is played over valleys of heather and sand. Many are surprised to find the terrain rises and falls as much as it does – particularly at the 6th where both tee shot and approach are played blind – and with no water in play, the main hazards to be avoided are the trees and the few well-positioned bunkers.

Martin Hawtree was commissioned to renovate the course in the 1990s.

On returning to the clubhouse, with its steep thatched roof, there is a statue of Pan – the mythological Greek god – outside, playing his pipes. Hopefully, you will not have encountered him during your round as he is said to haunt the woods and fields, causing anxiety to those who pass through – hence the term panic attack. Actually, with a course as good as this, any worry you may have at the end is bound to have been caused by a below par performance, not by Pan!

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Description: Host to the Dutch Open on three occasions, Utrecht de Pan Golf Club is a strategic and exacting layout which requires thought rather than muscle, especially during the homeward nine. Rating: 9.4 out of 10 Reviews: 14
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Maarten
I played 36 holes yesterday and those being my 4th and fifth round at de Pan, it was the first time it really made me realize what a special place this is. Every par 3 is a masterpiece and I couldn't imagine the famous Surrey courses being much more beautiful than this course. The back nine however is considerably more spectacular than the front nine, with almost every hole producing a Wow!-moment, starting with the beautiful short par 4 10th. For me it just misses out on a six star rating because it just cannot compare to the feeling you get when playing Ballybunion or Tralee for example. De Pan is meant to play from the back tees since the course isn't the longest but it can be tough to score well. I unfortunately lost twice in matchplay that day but still I was in awe with the quality, tranquility and atmosphere of this place. I have also never seen the greens this good before. you had to keep your approach underneath the hole otherwise the putt back was incredibly hard to get close. Go see for yourself how good De Pan is! O
May 07, 2012
8 / 10
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Maarten
I really liked this course wen I played it twice on a sunny springday. I am a member of the Rosendaelsche but I have to confess De pan is just that tiny bit better in every aspect. It is however a bit short, but that is compensated by the narrow fairways and often difficult approaches the course demands.
April 02, 2011
8 / 10
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Maarten
November 26, 2011
Played here again today and it's just easily the best inland course in the Netherlands. Even on november 26th the greens ran superfast and were true and the overall conditions were great. It's a great layout in an amazing quiet atmosphere.
Fraser
This is a great golf course in a wonderful setting. The first challenge is finding the entrance as the access road is tucked away off a side road in a forest. What makes this course unique is that it is inland and yet still built on dunes (very ancient ones, but they still go up and down). This gives the course some great character and you have to deal with the undulations of a links while avoiding the trees of an inland park course. This is a fairly exclusive club which is reflected in the good clubhouse and facilities.
January 23, 2010
10 / 10
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honig
Without a doubt in top 3 of Dutch courses.Narrow fairways, difficult tee-shots, great greens and all this situated in a fairytale forrest.
March 25, 2009
10 / 10
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