Golf Course Architecture - Issue 60, April 2020

TEE BOX New Van der Vaart course for Rosmalen Michiel van der Vaart is overseeing the construction of a new nine-hole course at Golfclub Rosmalen, near to ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. The existing par-30 course – located within the Coudewater Estate – will be closed because of a new residential development that is being planned. Van der Vaart’s new par-35 design is on a different part of the estate, aimed at bringing a “better and safer golf experience” to Rosmalen. The architect has a personal connection to the site. “I was born and raised in Vught, less than 10 kilometres away, and my family has roots in ‘s-Hertogenbosch where the project is situated,” said van der Vaart. “As a child I walked a lot with my father in the surroundings of Coudewater and, in particular, on the Wamberg Estate.” The club wanted the course to be long enough so that national club golf competitions could be held in the future. “Despite a modest amount of earthmoving, an exciting golf course will be created with plenty of room for nature and subtle height differences that fit into this landscape,” said van der Vaart. “The goal is that the golf course is challenging and fun to play for members and guests.” He says the new course is a very sustainable project: “The sandy soil is perfect for sustainable, disease-resistant grass types, perfect for golf and, therefore, maintenance budgets can be kept in check,” said van der Vaart. “There are some majestic mature oak trees on the site already that will immediately play a role during a round. The development of residential areas on the edge of the golf course will complement the project in a beautiful way.” Contractor FL Liebregts is handling construction and Van der Vaart expects the course to open by late 2020. Harry de Koning, a figurehead of FL Liebregts, recently passed away, with Van der Vaart describing him as “inspirational”. 27 The sandy soil at Rosemalen is “perfect for sustainable, disease-resistant grass types,” says architect Michiel van der Vaart Photo: Michiel van der Vaart