The Links Valley

Netherlands, West Coast
Designer: Frank Pont
Course Opened: 2018

The Links Valley is Europe's first reversible golf course. Designed by Frank Pont, the 9 hole course plays in opposite directions each day and is available for public play.

The project was apparently in planning for many years, and was the realisation of a long-held dream of Pont's to bring to life a proposal by legendary designer Tom Simpson nearly 100 years earlier. magazine described the course as; "Situated in an old sand quarry in De Veluwe, the largest heathland area of the Netherlands, this undulating course features height differences of more than 20 yards, something that is quite unusual for courses in the Low country. Because it took nearly 15 years to secure permits for design, the design team (led by Frank Pont) took years to refine the somewhat complex design concept of a reversible course, following an idea proposed by Tom Simpson some 90 years ago. The course is a mix of bold landforms, (re)developing heathland, natural sandy waste areas and raised greens sporting mild contours surrounded by lots of short grass. Very few bunkers were used, mostly because they were not needed. Strong emphasis is on the ground game, which works well because the course plays very fast and firm."


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