A short drive from Amsterdam, the 27-hole Kennemer Golf and Country Club is situated on Holland’s West Coast and is home to the oldest seaside golf course in the country. The original eighteen-hole layout was designed by the great Harry Colt during the 1920’s but was virtually destroyed by the Nazi’s during World War II when they occupied the property and built a massive concrete anti-tank barricade across the links. Parts of the wall have since been removed but a large section was simply covered with sand during the restoration project and remains within the site.
While Colt’s original holes did not survive the war years there is no doubt that today’s layout would please him immensely as the course has been faithfully returned to near his initial concept. This is largely thanks to the remarkable collection of detailed correspondence between Colt and the club, which somehow survived the conflict. Aside from the tank wall, which scarred the landscape forever, the only diversion from his plan was the lengthening of the 3rd, a hole that Colt never liked anyway. But wait, there’s more