Nederland in internationale ranglijsten

Er zijn in Nederland ongeveer 245 golflocaties. Die zijn onderverdeeld in:

  • ongeveer 125 18-holes banen (soms 27 of 36 holes)
  • ruim 45 9-holes banen met een par van 65 of meer
  • ruim 45 golflocaties met een korte baan (par 64 en minder)
  • bijna 30 golflocaties waar alleen een par-3 baan is te vinden (par 54)

Naast de 245 golflocaties zijn er nog ongeveer 25 pitch & putt-banen.

De beste Nederlandse banen staan hoog in internationale ranglijsten.

Golf World/Today’s Golfer Top 100 Courses in the World You Can Play – 2020
1 Royal County Down
2 St Andrews Old Course
3 Royal Melbourne
53 De Pan – “Harry Colt didn’t just weave his magic in Britain and Ireland – he is revered for his work in the Netherlands, too. Here, he laid out a heathland as good as almost anything in Surrey. An exquisite and forgiving experience among the pines and heather. Nice recent revisions by Frank Pont. Also play: Royal Hague, Kennemer, Noordwijkse, Hilversumsche and Rosendaelsche.”
71 Koninklijke Haagsche – “Harry Colt’s second Dutch entry, although in truth it was his associates John Morrison and principally Charles Alison who did the work here. It sits by the seaside but as it tumbles over land with movement in it, it is different in character to our links. A fine revision by Frank Pont helps it into this list. Also play: The Kennemer and Noordwijkse are on the same coast.” Top 100 Golf Courses of the World – 2020
1 (1) Cypress Point
2 (3) Pine Valley
3 (2) Shinnecock Hills
80 (89) Koninklijke Haagsche – “The similarity between this Dutch linksland and that of the British coastline is uncanny. Koninklijke Haagsche G&CC is an exacting layout which pitches and rolls across undulating land.”
86 (100) De Pan
– “Host to the Dutch Open on three occasions, De Pan is a strategic and exacting layout which requires thought rather than muscle, especially during the homeward nine.”

Golf Magazine Top 100 Courses in the World – 2020
1 (1) Pine Valley
2 (2) Cypress Point 
3 (3) Old Course St Andrews (Schotland)  
77 (80) Koninklijke Haagsche – “Better known to English speakers as The Hague, The Netherlands’ highest-ranking course is a Morrison and Alison collaboration that plays across chaotically heaving fairways amid substantial dunes that set the tone for a remarkable — and taxing — lay-of-the-land journey.”
88 (-) De Pan – ” Modern architecture did itself no favors by pursuing holes that constantly scream at the golfer, because at some point the golfer goes tone deaf. Colt never went down that path and he achieved the best possible result here in that he produced a course that would be a delight to play every day. De Pan doesn’t have the topography of St. George’s Hill but it does have sand dunes sprinkled throughout the property. A master router, Colt incorporated them in every possible manner.”

Continental European Top 100, National Club Golfer – 2019
2 De Pan
4 Haagsche
10 Kennemer (B and C)
21 Noordwijkse
27 Hilversumsche
30 Eindhovensche
31 Rosendaelsche

Golf World Top 100 Continental Europe – 2020
T1 (2) De Pan
9 (9) Noordwijkse
11 (11) Kennemer (B and C)
13 (13) Haagsche
? (25) Hilversumsche
? (27) Eindhovensche
? (51) Rosendaelsche Top 100 Golf Courses of Continental Europe – 2018
1 (1) Morfontaine (Frankrijk)
2 (2) Koninklijke Haagsche
3 (9) De Pan
12 (11) Kennemer
17 (13) Noordwijkse
29 (45) Eindhovensche
34 (54) Hilversumsche
46 (72) Rosendaelsche
72 (71) Lage Vuursche

Golf Course Architecture Top 100 Golf Courses in the World – Architects’ Choice – 2014
Er bestaan heel veel ranglijsten van de beste golfbanen in de wereld, maar er was nog tot 2014 nog geen ranglijst die is gebaseerd op de mening van golfbaanarchitecten. In deze top 100 staan twee Nederlandse banen.
1 St Andrews Old Course (Schotland) 
2 Cypress Point
3 Pine Valley
55 De Pan
68 Noordwijkse

Planet Golf Top 100 (2019)
1 Cypress Point
2 Pine Valley
3 Royal County Down (Noord-Ierland)
77 Kennemer

In het boek Planet Golf – Modern Masterpieces (2016) van Darius Oliver over de 100 beste moderne banen is één Nederlandse baan opgenomen: de Swinkelsche . De Australiër Oliver is een gerespecteerd golfbaankenner. Het boek Modern Masterpieces bevat beschrijvingen en foto’s van 110 banen die tussen 1996 en 2016 zijn aangelegd – de 110 beste in de wereld volgens Darius Oliver. “This is classically understated old-school golf,” zegt de auteur onder meer over de Swinkelsche, “and great fun for those who enjoy a challenge but prefer not to be beaten up on each and every hole.”

Planet Golf Netherlands (2019)
1 Haagsche
2 Kennemer
3 De Pan
4 Swinkelsche
5 Noordwijkse
6 Hilversumsche
7 Eindhovensche
8 Stippelberg
9 Rosendaelsche
10 Lage Vuursche

Golf Digest World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses – 2020
1 Royal County Down (Noord-Ierland)
2 Tara Iti (Nieuw-Zeeland)
3 Muirfield (Schotland)
(Geen Nederlandse banen)

Golf Digest Best Golf Courses in Every Country – 2020
1 De Pan
2 Koninklijke Haagsche
3 Kennemer
4 Noordwijkse
5 Hilversumsche