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Golf in the Netherlands

Golf in the Netherlands has become big since World War Two, and courses are to be found just about everywhere in this gem of a little country. The Amsterdam Old Course is southeast of Amsterdam and was opened in 1990.
Telephone:+31(0)206943650 The Amsterdamse course was opened in 1934, and is west of the city.
Telephone: +31(0)204977866 The Haarlemmermeersche is west of Amsterdam, in Cruquiusdijk.
Telephone: +31(0)235583124 Heemskerkse has been open since 1998, and is northwest of Amsterdam.
Telephone: +31(0)251250088 The Kennemer Golf and Country Club has been around since 1910, and is Zaandvoort, west of Amsterdam on the sea. A very popular destination.
Telephone: +31(0)235712836 De Noordhollandse is in Alkmaar, and has 18 holes.
Telephone: +31(0)725156807 The Olympus (1973), is on Abcouderstraatweg, in the southwest of Amsterdam.
Telephone: +31(0)294285373 The Permur, in Permurend has 18 holes, and opened in 1989.
Telephone: +31(0)299462143 The Spaarnwoude opened in 1977, and is near the famed rave/dance site used for spectacular events such as Dance Valley.
Telephone: +31(0)235382708 The Waterlandse opened in 1990, and has 18 holes.
Telephone: +31(0)206325650 The Zaanse opened in 1988 in the town of Wijdewormer northeast of Amsterdam.
Telephone: +31(0)299479123 We hope the information above is helpful to anyone wanting to play a relaxing round of golf in the beautiful Netherlands. And it's not a bad place to light up a fatty on Saturday mornings I hear.

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Amsterdamse Bos

Need an escape from the hectic pace of Amsterdam? Why not plan a day at the Amsterdamse Bos? It's a huge park on the edge of the city where you can leave behind the hustle and bustle and chill out in the woods or picnic on huge grassy lawns. Planted in the 1930s and 40s, the Bos is now a mature forest covering almost 800 hectares. It offers a diverse range of outdoor pleasures including lakes for boating, wading pools for the kids, the Openlucht theater presenting outdoor plays and music, a bison reserve, a campground, numerous bike, horse and pedestrian paths (all separate), and a wonderful feeling of being far away from the city. On a recent warm day, I found many people lying in the sun, canoeing on a lake, one guy working with a laptop and cellphone dressed in a suit (sweating profusely), kids cooling down in the wading pool, many were sitting under umbrellas at several outdoor cafes, sipping sodas.

Note: Need an escape from the hectic pace of Amsterdam? Why not plan a day at the Amsterdamse Bos? It's a huge park on the edge of the city where you can leave behind the hustle and bustle and chill out in the woods or picnic on huge grassy lawns.

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Zandvoort

Only a half hour from Amsterdam by train, the North Sea resort of Zandvoort can be packed with what seems like a million people on nice summer days (or almost empty on a winter one - see photo below). The Dutch are so sun-starved, that when it shines, the entire country seems to take the day off and goes to the beach. The town itself is geared towards the tourists, with lots of guesthouses and hotels, restaurants and cafes, and shopping that is even open on Sundays. A beautiful promenade with benches overlooking the beach extends for several kilometers north and south of town. During summer months the strand is lined with temporary structures serving as cafes, bars and restaurants and they can be very busy. The beach is long and wide, stretching for endless miles, and you can get away from the crowds if you are willing to walk. The scenery can be quite nice, as the Dutch women don't hesitate to go topless in public at the beach. (A mixed blessing to be sure...) A 45 minute stroll north along the beach from Zandvoort is Bloemendaal, a more relaxed place to hang out or a huge party scene, your choice. There is also a posted nudist beach about 3K south of town, a nice walk.

Note: Only a half hour from Amsterdam by train, the North Sea resort of Zandvoort can be packed with what seems like a million people on nice summer days (or almost empty on a winter one).

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Utrecht

A 45 minute train ride from Amsterdam, Utrecht is known for the amazingly tall spire on the cathedral there, as well as it's university. The train station is also a huge indoor mall, which is a new concept for the Dutch. Malls in the States are dying, but just getting popular in Europe. The Centrum of Utrecht is just a few blocks from the train station, and a lovely canal winds its way through town. The canal is interestingly constructed with two levels alongside the banks. The lower level has iron doors lining a narrow walkway alongside the canal. The barrel-vaulted low-ceilinged rooms are filled with small shops, restaurants, cafes and store rooms. Above is the street level with buildings crammed into every spare inch of canal frontage. Typically Dutch, narrow houses and shops line every street. There are a number of interesting restaurants situated at the water level. Every year in June, Utrecht hosts a Blues Festival with bands playing outdoor venues around the town - for free!
Live music at the Utrecht Blues Festival


A lovely canal with waterside dining.

Note: A 45 minute train ride from Amsterdam, Utrecht is known for the amazingly tall spire on the cathedral there, as well as it's university.

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Het Loo

It's a rather lengthy drive out of Amsterdam to the north, but worth a day trip to see where the royal Dutch family lived until this century. The original furnishings, artworks and gardens are there, in mint condition.  Walking through the palace and reading the interpretive displays is quite the education in Dutch history, and an awesome display of ostentatious lifestyle rivaling the French.

Note: It's a rather lengthy drive out of Amsterdam to the north, but worth a day trip to see where the royal Dutch family lived until this century.

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Haarlem

Only 20 minutes by train from Centraal Station, this old Dutch city is fun to explore for an afternoon. The train station in Haarlem is within easy walking distance of the old Centrum, where you'll find the Grote Markt (main square) and cathedral. Shops and Cafes abound, and on a sunny day it is quite picturesque.  Haarlem is a pleasant change from the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam, and is typical of smaller Dutch towns. 

Note: Only 20 minutes by train from Centraal Station, this old Dutch city is fun to explore and makes a fine day trip.

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