The Dutch is hosting it's first KLM Open since opening in 2011, European Golf Design and Colin Montgomerie designed the course together coming up with a tough but fair examination of a players golf.
Despite being inland the course has a strong links feel to it, with it being very flat but having man-mad mounds guarding the side of most holes abd the exposed nature of the course meaning wind is always a factor.
Water hazards come into play on twelve holes this week- four on the front nine, 1st, 2nd, 7th and 9th and eight on the back nine, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th.
The tee's are made up of Fescue grass which will be cut to 6mm throughout the week.
The fairways are made up of three types of grass Fescue 60%, Rye 20% and Poa 20%. They will be cut to 8.5mm, they are an average width, generally flat but have gentle contours in places.
If there is a positive of finding the rough, it's that it's very consistent. The Tall Fescue will be cut to three lengths- the semi rough will be 25mm, the intermediate will be 64mm and the longest thickest rough will be 89mm.
The greens are made up of Bentgrass 50% A1 and 50% A4, it will be maintained at 3.25mm throughout the week. The stimpmeter reading is 11'6'' and the aim is to keep it that way all week. The greens are quite large and undulating offering a good variety of pin positions, many of the greens are slightly elevated with run offs that will be very much in play. Considering the forecast the greens will firm up as the week goes on.
It has been dry and humid for the last two to three weeks. This week it looks like it will be warm and dry Thursday to Saturday with a chance of rain Saturday evening. It will then be dry and cooler for the final day on Sunday
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