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Discover Benelux | Special Theme | Golfing Glory
Golf on world heritage Ameland is an extraordinary island to play golf on. With its wide views over the island and the sea, it is the place to relax and enjoy the outdoors with a club in hand. TEXT: JANINE STERENBORG | PHOTOS: GOLFBAAN AMELAND
At golf course Golfbaan Ameland visitors can easily leave their worries behind and focus on nothing but the present: hitting the golf ball towards the next hole. You play on the 9 holes championship course, on the outstanding 9 holes par 3 course or go pitch & putting. Golfbaan Ameland, situated on a Wadden island, is one of a kind. “The wide views over the island, the proximity of the sea, the wind and the unique, flat landscape add to the golfing experience,” explains owner Hendrik Engels. Elements of nature like these are what the Dutch Wadden islands are famous for. The Wadden Sea is a stunning area off the north coast of the Netherlands, and harbours five islands, listed as world heritage by UNESCO. Because the tides alternate every six hours, the ocean view changes
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constantly and this makes the Wadden Sea an exceptional living environment for unique species of flora and fauna. So it is no wonder the Wadden islands, including Ameland, are a popular place to enjoy holidays. Engels: “There are many things to participate in on the island. You can go horseback riding and sailing for instance, or visit an exhibition in the beautiful lighthouse.” Going on a flight with a small plane is an option as well. For fun, but visitors can also travel to Ameland by plane. “A small airport is situated just two kilometres away from the golf track, it can take in planes with a capacity up to twenty people.” There are of course many facilities for all the guests that visit the island throughout
the year as well. Staying a night on the island is something Engels heartily recommends. “Besides the fact that the last ferry leaves early in the evening, great food can be found in the different restaurants on the island. At Hotel Nobel for instance, you can choose from the finest and most delicious dishes, all prepared with high quality local products.” www.golfbaanameland.nl
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