Jack Nicklaus, arguably the greatest golfer of all time, paid his first ever visit to Holland recently and took time to visit the newest European Tour Destination, The Dutch.
The 18-time Major Champion spent three hours at The Dutch in the company of the club’s founders – all golf professionals themselves – who enjoyed the opportunity to watch Nicklaus conduct a clinic on the driving range, where the ‘Golden Bear’ congratulated Course Superintendent, Niall Richardson, on the quality of the turf.
Even at the age of 72, Nicklaus demonstrated the skills which made him the world’s most fearsome competitor in his prime as he entertained a group of around 60 guests from Royal Bank of Scotland.
After the clinic there was the opportunity for an entertaining question and answer session which was led by one of the professionals and founders of The Dutch, Jonas Saxton.
The Dutch, a signature 18-hole Championship course designed by 2010 Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie in conjunction with European Golf Design, was recently announced as the fifth European Tour Destination, part of The European Tour’s exclusive network of world class golfing facilities.
Centrally located in the heart of The Netherlands, with easy access to the cities of Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Utrecht, The Dutch is a 6,518 metre, par 71 course which opened officially in May 2011 and was the selected venue for Holland’s official bid to host The 2018 Ryder Cup.