Kennemer G & CC dates from 1910 but moved to it’s current site in 1928 after employing Harry Colt to design a new links course.
Colt is known as one of the great golf course architects, and left a legacy of great courses around the world that have had his input, including: Royal Portrush, Pine Valley, Royal County Down, Muirfield, Hoylake, St Georges Hill, and of course Sunningdale where he was club secretary for so many years.
Kennemer was Colt's first assignment in The Netherlands- he went on to change the face of Netherlands golf with work at Utrecht de Pan, Royal Hague (through partner Hugh Alison), Eindhoven & Hilversum..
Colt's plans at Kennemer extended to 27 holes, however only 18 holes were built in his time there (plus 2 practice holes)
It took until 1985 when Frank Penninck was brought in for the 3rd nine to be built- Penninck's work at Noordwijske GC was outstanding, so he was definitely the man for the job.
He oversaw the construction of a further 7 holes and remodelled the two practice holes to give Kennemer 27 holes of championship golf.
The three loops of nine holes are known as: A (Van Hengel), B (Penninck), & C (Colt)
Kennemer has hosted the Dutch Open 23 times.
Winners over the years inlcude some of history's greatest players- Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, Payne Stewart & more...
Kennemer is blessed with magnificent golfing terrain.
Colt has routed the course through an extensive tract of sand dunes which is perfect for golf.
Pine trees, gorse and shrubbery frame some holes giving a heathland feel, and others are more linksy with just the dunes and long rough to contend with. The green complexes and bunkering are world class, and look like they have always been there.
And Colt grabs the golfers attention on nearly every tee with blind shots, tight landing areas, and doglegs.
You have to think your way around Kennemer!
Notable holes include:
- hole 2, a short elevated green- you need to flight the tee shot high to hit the putting surface
- hole 7, a short par 4 defined by the large bunker that must be carried to reach the elevated green…
- hole 9, a strong par 5 with the clubhouse as backdrop
- hole 10, a shortish dogleg par 4 where the green is protected by a deep dropoff in front of the green and a pot bunker front and centre
- hole 15, a short shot to an elevated green- it’s a real challenge to select the correct club to carry up onto the putting surface
- hole 18, a strong closing hole overlooked by the magnificent clubhouse- it’s a great finishing hole
Kennemer GC is world class and should be on every Travelling Golfer's bucket list.
We rate Kennemer a 'Travelling Golfer must play!'
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