Maarten

I am a law student and I find myself playing way too little golf. I have held a 4 handicap but that number has doubled over the years, however I still get in the zone once in a while. The higher my scores got the more I became interested in golf course architecture, which you can enjoy no matter how bad you play. I am a member of The Rosendaelsche Golfclub, one of the oldest courses in the Netherlands. I am a great fan of Colt, Simpson and classic links and heathland courses in general and I always try to avoid dull resort courses at all costs. My all-time favourite course is a hard one: It's a close call between Royal Porthcawl and Ballybunion. If you want to play a hidden gem in a great environment: play Pennard or Furnas. Lastly I'd really like to play the Bandon courses sooner rather than later, but that is one of the charms of this game: There always remains so much golf history and so many wonderful courses to be explored!

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Goyer (North) 29/05/2018

15th Netherlands Ranking
Thanks to my friend BB, I returned to play the South Course after a couple of years. A few alterations have been made in the meantime. The first hole is a gentle opening...

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Heelsum (Airborne & Sandr) 17/01/2018

17th Netherlands Ranking
Heelsum has improved a lot with the years and the ambition is really paying off. Starting as a dull, open course it has become more and more challenging and aesthetically...

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Royal Portrush (Valley) 24/09/2017

2nd Antrim - Best in Area 6th Northern Ireland Ranking
Two years since the last review! Seems legitimate, since we were the only ones on the course that rainy morning. After spoiling ourselves during the one hour delay in the...

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Castlerock (Mussenden) 17/09/2017

2nd Londonderry - Best in Area 5th Northern Ireland Ranking
Castlerock shouldn’t be missed. It’s a classic links on a fantastic parcel. Dunes, burns and elevation changes make for an interesting course with lots of variation. The...

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Castlerock (Bann) 13/09/2017

4th Londonderry - Best in Area 20th Northern Ireland Ranking
Hands down the best nine holecourse I played! While the course doe not have any bunkers, they really aren't missed. The course really lays on the most spectacular piece o...

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Portsalon 03/09/2017

5th Donegal - Best in Area 22nd Ireland Ranking
Portsalon was the second course we played last week and the drive along the Wild Atlantic Way got us right in the mood. After a warm welcome by some members we teed of...

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Lochemse 07/07/2017

24th Netherlands Ranking
I wasn't too impressed on my last visit here. It's ok and some of the holes have some nice risk-reward challenges in them, but overall I found the course to be not so dif...

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Lauswolt 07/07/2017

25th Netherlands Ranking
You'd have to drive a good hour or two to reach this course, and it could be worth the trouble when you combine it with dinner at Heeren van Harinxma. Nice parkland and f...

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Dommel 18/05/2017

Gem Netherlands - Best in Area
De Dommel is a beautiful little gem. It used to be a 12 hole course in the forest, and these older holes are a delight to play, whereas the newer holes have a whole diffe...

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Sherwood Forest 13/05/2017

2nd Nottinghamshire - Best in Area 54th England Ranking
What a treat. Few courses are as picturesque as Sherwood. The clubhouse is set on a plateau so the views over the course are very pleasing to the eye. The course is not o...

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Notts 13/05/2017

1st Nottinghamshire - Best in Area 19th England Ranking 45th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I visited Nottinham in late april and plyed this course and Sherwood. I loved them both but Hollinwell is a cut or two above Sherwood. The clubhouse and first holes are s...

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Noordwijkse 25/01/2016

4th Netherlands Ranking 17th Continental Europe Ranking
I was very surprised to see Noordwijk take such a leap in the wrong direction- in the rankings that is. I finally could tick off the best in the country for many years, a...

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Druids Glen 29/09/2015

2nd Wicklow - Best in Area 21st Ireland Ranking
Druids Glen is a delightful resort in a beautiful piece of Ireland. It truly is a kaleidoscope of colours and flora. We had the (mis)fortune to play the course after roun...

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Royal Ostend 11/02/2015

7th Belgium Ranking
Ostend is a relatively short but solid course in a cosy little town De Haan. Public roads divide the course in four different parts. The course starts off relatively eas...

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