The mountainous sand dunes that line the North Sea coast of the Netherlands provide the overwhelming characteristics for the country's leading links course. The course in its current incarnation owes thanks to Frank Pennink's 1972 design, but the golf club has occupied the remarkable land since 1915.
While the dunes are reminiscent of the great seaside course that line the shores of the United Kingdom and Ireland, Noordwijkse is slightly unorthodox in that a stretch of holes, four through seven, eleven and twelve, are played through delightful pine woodland.
No less than nine Dutch Opens have been staged at Noordwijkse, with champions including Ballesteros, Langer and Montgomerie underlining the quality of the golf course. In association with Kennemer and Haagsche, Noordwijkse is part of Dutch golf's great triumvirate, and makes for a truly outstanding golf tour.