Kennemer

Kennemer hole B9
Kennemer hole B9
Kennemer green 2
Kennemer green 2
Kennemer hole B8
Kennemer hole B8
Kennemer hole B3 during Dutch Open
Kennemer hole B3 during Dutch Open
3D visualisation hole C10
3D visualisation hole C10
Kennemer hole B3
Kennemer hole B3

Overview

Kennemer is a classic links course in the Dutch coastal dunes west of Amsterdam, where the original 18 holes (B+C) were designed by Harry Colt in the late 1920's. Later after WWII another 9 holes (A) were added by Frank Pennink.

Our focus at the beginning of our work at Kennemer was to write a long term course plan that would form the backbone for the clubs actions for the next decennia. After that was written and accepted by the club, our focus shifted to implementing the recommendations on several holes of the three loops of nine. At B3 we renovated the green surrounds of a Frank Pennink designed new green to an old Colt hole. At B9 we completely reovated the surrounds of the green, and at B8 and C10 we restored the greenside bunkering back to a Colt style. We also re-introduced a classical mowing plan, with significantly enlarged short grass areas around the greens. Finally we helped initate a massive shrub and tree removal program bringing the course back to itrs origin as a more open links course.

On GolfClubAtlas.com, the world's leading site on golf architecture, the site's founderRan Morrissett after visiting quoted Frank Pont: "The Kennemer, and especially the B+C combination of holes, is the most classic links course in the Netherlands. The variety of holes is excellent, the routing feels very natural and isn’t to heavy on the legs and the detailing of the green surrounds is superb. Would the course be situated on Long Island or on the coast of Kent rather than west of Amsterdam I’m pretty sure it would be in everybody’s top five list of Colt courses.Visitors have told me that if they had one more round to play it would be Royal Hague, but it would be Kennemer where they would want to play their daily golf. That is the Kennemer, a course that will never bore you, rarely humiliate you but for sure will keep surprising you."

After several changes in the greens committee we are currently not working at Kennemer, but the club is still closely following the detailled long term course plan we drew up in 2005.

Client
Kennemer GC
Architect
Harry Colt, Frank Pennink, Frank Pont
Type
Restoration
Country
Netherlands
Year
2004-11
Work
  • Master Plan
  • Detailed Design
  • Construction
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