Course of the Month

February 2016

Koudum, Netherlands Netherlands

Koudum is a village in Súdwest-Fryslân in the province of Friesland, the Netherlands. The population is approximately 3,000.  Koudum lies near the artificial lake IJsselmeer, the largest lake in Western Europe.  Koudum Pitch and Putt course is situated approximately 1 kilometre from the village, near the N359.  Koudum will host the 2016 renewal of the popular Dutch International Open.

Here are some of the standout holes at Koudum.

The 1st at Koudum is a relatively easy start, no bunkers and no water. There is tall rough over the back of the green. The 2nd at 43 metres is another short hole, but it can be tricky to get the distance right as the green is sharply uphill from the tee.  The 3rd (at 43 metres) is the shortest hole on the course but with sand and water left and bushes behind it's anything but easy.

The 55 metre hole 8th is relatively straightforward but the fairway zigzags and the ball may easily end up in the tall grass!  The 15th measures 44 metres and looks easy because of the short distance, but is more difficult than it looks. There is a sand bunker just in front of the green.

The 14th requires a 60 metre pitch over a pond. The 68 metre 16th is the longest and arguably the most difficult hole on the course. There are no bunkers but water lurks right behind the green.  The 17th is a shortish but tricky hole. Three bunkers surround the green on this 48 metre test.

Koudum hosted the 2015 North Netherlands Strokeplay championships.  Herma Klenlugtenbeld outscored everybody, male and female, to win the ladies championship while Renze Hasper won the Men's.  Senior champion was Henk Hageman.

Buffets and barbeques can be arranged at the Koudum course for groups of 10 or more.  The course is floodlit.