THE ULTIMATE GOLFING EXPERIENCE
The Rosendaelsche Golfclub is situated in a woody area near Arnhem. The course is characterised by holes with blind tees and many differences in height. For many golfers the Rosendaelsche is on the bucket list of 'Dutch courses to be played'. And not for the least reason. You may spot deer during your round, the course is challenging and the wooded area with beautiful vistas is spectacular in all seasons.
The tee shot for the first hole is next to the clubhouse with spectators watching from the terrace. Against the rhododendrons to the left of the tee is a concrete bench donated by Aalbrecht A. del Court van Krimpen in 1925. When teeing off, players are immediately aware of the obstacles of the hole. The view of the fairway is partly obstructed by a hill covered with heather. In addition, there are large beech trees on both sides of the front tees, which punish swinging from the back tees. A hundred metres from the green, there is a bunker on the right, which is an extra challenge for the longhitters. The slope behind the bunker slopes left towards the green; the left side of the green is protected by a large oak tree. The green is tricky; the slope goes from right to left and from front to back.
The second hole is one of the most difficult holes of the course. From the back tees, players have a blind shot to the fairway over a hill near the front tees. There is a bunker on the left before the green; a slope just before the green gives the ball extra roll towards the green. When approaching the green, the right side is the ideal line. The green is large and slopes backwards.
From the back tees the player gets a fantastic view of the hole. Hole 3 has a dogleg to the left with a blind shot to the green. The green is on a plateau and guarded by a bunker on the left; golf balls landing to the right of the green are punished by a steep slope sloping to the right and a row of trees.
The first par 5 of the course has a dogleg to the left. Players who keep the ball too much to the left on the turn to try to cut the dogleg will have a problem with the second stroke. From the bend, the fairway rises; a fairway bunker on the left comes into play on the second stroke. The green is characterised by two levels and has bunkers on both sides.
The fifth hole is a par 4 with dogleg to the right. The most difficult hole of the course; even though it looks easy. To reach the fairway, players must hit the ball over a moor. The pine forest on the right penalises swings; cutting the corner is reserved for the real longhitters. The fairway slopes to the left and provides players with a better line to the green. A ridge divides the green into a left and right part. To the right of the green is a bunker.
The sixth hole is a par 3 that was put into use in 2014. The view of the green suggests worse because of the heather and bunkers in sight, the front green is some 60 metres deep. The left bunker protects the large, somewhat deep green. Behind the green is a deep runoff in which over-long shots disappear inexorably all the way to the bottom.
Hole 7, a par 4, is the second new hole that came into use in 2014. It is a slight dogleg to the left. On the right side, the fence is the boundary of the terrain. Longhitters will have to take into account the two fairway bunkers. The green is spacious and has the usual "Rosendaelsche" undulations. On the left side, from front left to back right, there is a treacherous runoff: too much left and/or too long will be punished.
Hole 8 has a slight dogleg to the right and is the longest hole on the course. From the tee to the beginning of the fairway is a large heathland area. The strongly contoured fairway rises towards the green which is guarded by two bunkers. The first bunker lies to the right at 60 metres from the green, the second (deep) bunker lies to the right in front of the green. When approaching the green, players can use the hill on the left before the green. The new green, put into use in 2000, is the largest green on the course and is made up of several levels.
The ninth hole is a short par 3. The green is on a plateau. In front of it is a large pine tree, which hinders the approach. Left and right are bunkers; long shots disappear at the back in a grass bunker. The green looks flat, but it is not. Described by the architect as an "optical illusion", don't be surprised if your beautiful putt just before the cup goes past it after all.
Hole 10 has a slight dogleg to the right. In the bend at the 150 metre pole, branches hang partially over the edge of the fairway. At 120 metres from the green, there is a small hill in the middle of the fairway covered with trees. Players who left their shot or placed it too long will be partially hampered in their approach to the green. In front of the green, there is a bunker on the left with a moorland hill behind it. On the right side is a shallow runoff. The green is long and very flat.
On the back tees, players cannot see the green due to a large hill 150 metres from the green. To the right of the hill is a narrow passage to the wide fairway. From here, the flag can be seen. The fairway slopes slightly towards the green. Instead of bunkers, the sides of the green slope down significantly to the left and right. Left behind the green, the slope is steepest and a rolled ball will come to a deep stop.
This par 3 runs uphill to a high green; it therefore plays longer than it looks. The passage is narrowed by pines on both sides of the fairway; around the green is more space but with a treacherous rough on the left. The unvegetated green of hole 12 was built in 1998 and slopes sharply backwards; over-long shots result in a tricky downhill putt.
Hole 13, a short par 4, is according to our members the most beautiful hole of the course. From a high tee, players hit the ball to a lower, curved fairway with a slight dogleg to the left. The green, on a high plateau, is narrow and needs to be approached carefully. Players who approach the green too fanatically are punished by the long grass at the back of the green or by the left-hand bunker. The long front green is a "safe" place for the second shot.
Hole 14 is a challenge for all players. The length from the back tee to the green is no less than 432 metres! In addition to the length, the numerous trees on both sides of the fairway test the player's skill; for the longhitters, they make the course extra narrow. Both the tee and the green are slightly higher than the fairway. The green is made up of three levels, rising towards the back. A too short approach makes putting extra challenging.
The 15th hole is a par 5 with a dogleg to the right. The fairway is wide, on the left there are many trees and shrubs, on the right there are trees interspersed with heather and a fairway bunker that comes into play with long shots. At 150m from the green, the hole bends to the right and you see the green on a high plateau. Smart players keep to the left side of the course to avoid the pine trees on the right. A slightly too long shot to the green is stopped by the hill behind; a too short approach rolls back inexorably. The green slopes backwards with a sloping ledge in the middle, dividing it into two levels. After digging, look back for the beautiful view!
Hole 16 is the easiest hole of the course according to the rating. From a high tee, players have a fantastic view of this characteristic hole; praised by many golf experts as one of the most beautiful par 3s in the Netherlands, if not the most beautiful!
The narrow green is for a large part surrounded by heather hills, while two bunkers make playing difficult. Club choice is therefore important.
The last par 5 of the course is characterised by a strongly undulating fairway up to the saddle. From the saddle, the fairway descends into several plateaus. Players who choose the left side will not be bothered by the large oak tree on the right when approaching the well-guarded green with bunkers on both sides.
The last hole has a sharp dogleg to the left. Through a narrow passage, players hit to a wide fairway that slopes to the right. Behind the little hill on the left, the rough continues for quite a while; players who try to cut the corner are often faced with a second shot from an awkward position. In the bend, players can see the green. On the right side of the big green are two bunkers, the left side next to the green is out of bounds. The birch on the right and the pines on the left require extra precision when hitting them.
With its new, minimalist course styling, Rosendaelsche Golfclub is taking another step towards the golf of tomorrow. No more ladies or gentlemen's tees, and as few artificial attributes as possible. Golf at its purest!
Oefenen op de Rosendaelsche Golfclub is een belevenis op zich. In een zeer ruim opgezet oefengebied kunnen álle onderdelen van het golfspel getraind worden. Dat past bij de historie en ook bij de ambitie van onze vereniging: de Rosendaelsche Golfclub is een club waar je beter kunt leren golfen. Onze pro’s van de Golf Academy maken gebruik van het oefengebied, maar elke golfer op de Rosendaelsche Golfclub kan altijd alle spelonderdelen ook zelf trainen. Balletjes om te oefenen zijn gratis.
In 1895 wordt extra grond gepacht naast het terrein van Kasteel Rosendael om in totaal 9 holes aan te kunnen leggen en wordt de Rosendaelsche Golfclub opgericht. In 1908 verhuist de golfclub naar de huidige locatie op landgoed Delhuijzen, toen in eigendom van Mr. Aalbrecht del Court van Krimpen. De uitbreiding naar 18 holes volgde in 1977, naar ontwerp van de Britse architect Frank Pennink. In 2014 kreeg de baan, met 2 nieuwe holes en diverse aanpassingen door baanarchitect Christoph Staedler, zijn huidige vorm.
Rosendaelsche Golf Club has its own specialised team of greenkeepers. They ensure that the course can be played on in all seasons and under (almost) all circumstances. This is done according to the latest insights and with modern means. There is a forestry management plan and a course management plan, both of which are implemented and kept up to date.
FLORA AND FAUNA
The Rosendaelsche Golf Club is situated in a Natura 2000 area. By enthusiastic club members and involving Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, an extensive inventory of flora and fauna was made as the basis for an extensive GEO report, necessary for obtaining the GEO certificate; an international hallmark for responsible and environmentally friendly management. The Rosendaelsche Golf Club has had the GEO certificate since 2012.
A number of videos to get you in the mood. Frank Versteegh made beautiful drone shots of the track.
From GOLF.NL, Niels and Sietse visited our course in 2021.