Royal Hague is set in what must be one of the most spectacular dune landscapes a golf course ever got built in. It was also one of the last courses that was built by Colt & Co before World war II.
Our initial work at Royal Hague involved the restoration of the greens, which had become necessary for agrinomical reasons. The greens had originally been built on clay, and after years of top dressing this had become a layer that stopped water draining through. The 13 original greens were surveyed and rebuilt using detailed 3d methods, whereas the 5 greens that had been changed over the years were redesigned to make them fit in more with the original greens. During the rebuilding of the greens all the green side bunkers were also restored back to their original sizes and shapes, something we were able to do thanks to old aerial photographs.
On GolfClubAtlas.com, the world's leading site on golf architecture, the site's founderRan Morrissett wrote after visiting the course: "Word is out on the transformation that Royal Hague has gone through, largely under the direction of Dutch golf architect Frank Pont. Royal Hague gets my vote as continental Europe's best course. Personally speaking, I have yet to see fifty courses that I would rather play than here."
Another fan is Adam Lawrence, head editor of the influential Golf Architecture Magazine, for whom Royal Hague ranks as the best golf course on the continent together with iconic Morfontaine. He writes: "Kennemer and Noordwijk are both terrific, but Royal Hague has better terrain and greens and more interesting golf. And now, after an extensive renovation led by Dutch architect Frank Pont, it is better than ever." And: "The new 17th green typifies Pont’s work at Royal Hague: he has taken a masterpiece, and given it a subtle, sympathetic facelift, and made it better still. "
All this praise has also not gone unnoticed at Golf World, where in its latest Continental European rankings Royal Hague was the highest ranked Dutch course, listed in third spot, making a spectacular and unprecedented jump of 13 spots in the rankings.
After our succesful restoration of Royal Hague's greens and bunkers, we now continue with a multi-year program of improving the many tees of this beautiful links course. In past years the tees on 14 holes have been renovated, and in the next few years we hope to finish renovating the tees on the final 4 holes. We will also rebuild the greensurrounds of hole 18 during this period, bringing it more in line with the other green complexes.