Lighthouse on Texel
Lighthouse on Texel

Texel is one of the islands in the Wadden Sea. The Wadden Sea stretches from Den Helder in the Netherlands in the southwest, past the great river estuaries of Germany to its northern boundary at Skallingen north of Esbjerg in Denmark along a total length of some 500 km and a total area of about 10,000 km2. The Wadden Sea is famous for its rich flora and fauna, especially birds. The Wadden Sea also hosts important habitat for species of seals such as grey seals. Texel is the largest and most populated island of the West Frisian Islands in the Wadden Sea.

It’s quite rare to find a golf course on an island which is known for its nature and wildlife. This was also one of the reasons why Golfbaan de Texelse could not expand from 9 to 18 holes. But, it finally has happened. A large piece of farmland was bought and transformed into a great (inland) links course. The large amounts of soil to transform the farmland (approximately 180.000 cubic meter) came from another part of the island. That area was developed by Natuurmonumenten (Utopia) where they wanted to create room for birds. The soil that was removed to create lakes and streams was transported to The Texelse. A great cooperation between nature and golf course development. The new area is 25 hectares large, so the total area now totals 60 hectare.

The word wad is Dutch for “mud flat”

Golfbaan de Texelse has a par 3 course where the novice golfer can practise their shots. Although not officially a linkscourse, de Texelse comes close, due to its beautiful location in the dunes, near the sea and the influence of the wind. De Texelse has the rugged character of a real dune course and there are very few of them!

Golfbaan de Texelse

My personal rating: 8.5 / Played on November 24 & 25 2014

Green of hole 1
Green of hole 1

We played twice on this golf course and I had a smile on my face every single minute. The course was a 9 hole course, but it has recently been expanded to a 18 hole championship course. The front nine are the old holes and they are pretty ok. But, the new holes (back nine) are more demanding (technical) and visually more compelling.

View of the new holes
View of the new holes

I had the impression the new holes were laid out in an existing dunes landscape, but in fact it formerly was flat farmland… Alan Rijks, the designer and the course owner both deserve a compliment what they achieved. A real (hidden) gem and a must play course in The Netherlands. I was amazed by the state of the new holes, fairways and greens were great (for the season).

Blind shot to elevated green
Blind shot to elevated green

Personally I would change hole 1 (too close to the driving range), but the manager said they agree and that it will be changed in due time. The course, especially the new 9 are suited for more experienced golfers, high handicap players will have to bring extra balls!  The clubhouse from the outside is not very impressive, but on the inside it looks and feels genuine and inviting. Friendly staff and members. The price of the greenfee is a bit steep, but you can get a 30% discount if you stay at The Krim (or affiliated hotels) and price is well worth it. Stroke saver is also a bit too expensive at 10 euro. But, all in all a great course and addition. Go and play here.

Where to stay?

Hotel Molenbos
Hotel Molenbos

Golfbaan De Texelse welcomes greenfee players and if you stay at a chalet at De Krim or in Hotel Molenbos you receive a nice discount as they are owned by the same owner of the golf course. These hotels (and the golf course) are located in the northern part of the island, near the city of De Cocksdorp.

De Koog and especially Den Burg are more vibrant than De Cocksdorp. In Den Burg we would advice Boutique Hotel De Smulpot. If you would like more alternatives, just surf to our sites and check all hotels and reviews near De Texelse.

What to do?

First of all, play the course twice. It’s really worth it. Then, hire a bike and explore the island. There are great cycle paths across the islands and through the dunes. And if the weather is nice, then just hit the beach. Texel has some great beaches, check Paal 17 or Paal 9!

Cycling on Texel
Cycling on Texel

If you fancy nature, then visit National Park De Slufter. De Slufter is the only area in the Netherlands with an open connection to the sea. This has resulted in a truly breathtaking scenery. Only plants that are able to cope with the salt water grow here, such as sea lavender and sea aster. These plants blossom during the summer months and colour De Slufter pink, lilac and purple. The presence of salicornia gives the valley a red glow during autumn.

And, don’t forget to pay Ecomare De Koog a visit, to see some seals.

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