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The best European golf courses with an island green

05 November 2021
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Jeroen Korving
Every golfer knows the par-3 17th hole on the PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Florida. The hole with the famous island green plays an important part in the dramatic finishing holes at TPC Sawgrass. The course was designed by Pete and Alice Dye and over the years many golf architects were inspired by this hole. As a result, you will find many golf courses with a similar island green. We decided to rank golf courses in Europe with such an island hole, making it easy for you to feel like one of the pro's at TPC Sawgrass. The main image of this article offers an impressive aerial view of The Great Northern in Denmark overlooking the clubhouse and the island green of the 18th hole (photo credits: Jacob Sjöman).
Aerial view of The Great Northern in Denmark overlooking the clubhouse and the island green of the 18th hole (credits: Jacob Sjöman)

The best European golf courses with an island green

An island green can be pretty impressive and frightening for many golfers. On an island green, there is no room for error, no thin shots skipping along the fairway and ending up somewhere near the green. On an island green, your shot has to be perfect. The correct distance, but also straight. An island green is often a great opportunity to have a laugh with your friends.

Below the highest ranked golf courses in Europe are listed with an island green. We were surprised to find so many courses with an island green, especially in Austria. We are also quite sure that we will have missed a few, so feel free to share them with us! We only focused on real island greens, so that is why the 13th signature hole of PGA Catalunya for example did not make it to this list. Have fun and make sure to bring some extra balls if you decide to play one of them. Don't say we didn't warn you!

1. Les Bordes Golf - 14th hole (France)

Golf architect von Hagge has utilised some of Sologne’s lakes to dramatic effect with island greens and water coming into play on no less than twelve holes. It's not easy to play at Les Bordes Golf as it is a private course, so you'll need to get an invitation. The island green can be found on the Old Course. The Old Course actually has another island green (hole 1) but that green is surrounded by sand.

2. The Great Northern - 18th hole (Denmark)

The renowned design company Nicklaus Design has beautifully captured the raw nature and created a golf course with a unique layout and design. Nordic design combined with Nordic nature - all in uncompromising quality. The Great Northern is quite special and you will have to conquer many water hazards. You can tee off on an island on hole 6, hole 9 offers a big island green and the signature hole is the 18th hole with an island green just in front of the spectacular clubhouse!

3. Bro Hof Slott Golf Club - 17th hole (Sweden)

Bro Hof Slott Golf Club has two courses, the Stadium and the Castle Course. If you want to play the famous 17th par-3 hole, then you should play the Stadium Course. It's a tricky hole, as the wind is a constant factor here. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.

4. Penati Golf Resort - 18th hole (Slovakia)

Penati Golf Resort in Slovakia has quickly become one of the top golf resorts in Central Europe. Penati offers two championship courses, The Legend and The Heritage course, both designed by Nicklaus Design. Penati Legend course is home to the 712-meter 15th hole, the longest hole in Europe offering 11 tees. Equally unparalleled is the final and narrowest hole on the course with an impressive island green just in front of the clubhouse.

5. Paris International Golf Club

Again a Nicklaus Design course, Paris International Golf Club also offers an island green on the 18th hole, just like Penati Golf Resort. It is the only Jack Nicklaus designed in France and it is a private club. So, if you want to play here you will need to be invited by one of the members. The club has good practise facilities and a great restaurant.

6. The Duke Club - 7th hole (The Netherlands)

The Duke in The Netherlands is a high-end private club, but it will accept a limited amount of green fee players. Expect to pay 150 euro. The course has been extended from 9 to 18 holes by Alan Rijks, while also revamping the old 9 holes. The Duke now has an island green hole on the 7th, a par-3 with elevated tee boxes.

7. Le Golf National - 15th/18th hole (France)

The Albatros course of Le Golf National was host for the Ryder Cup in 2018 and it's finishing holes are one of the toughest on the European Tour. Both the 15th and the 18th hole end up on the same island piece of land, but both with their own green. Le Golf National is bookable online via Leading Courses, so getting on this course is easy!

8. Hardenberg GolfResort - 11th hole (Germany)

Golf Club Hardenberg offers two 18 golf courses, the Göttingen Course - a 'classic' course - and the Niedersachsen Course, which is a new course and a bit more challenging. The island green on this Niedersachsen Course is pretty amazing as it resembles the head of a wild boar, which is also incorporated in their logo. A nice fact is that people teeing off on the 11th hole have the option to drink a small bottle of schnapps, to get rid of the nerves.

The famous head of the boar (keilerkopf) at GC Hardenberg (photo credits: GC Hardenberg)

9. Golf Club Schloss Miel - 18th hole (Germany)

The Golf Club Schloss Miel, located in the charming landscape of the Voreifel and in the immediate vicinity of the Beethoven city of Bonn also has a par-3 island hole. The island green is located on the 18th hole, so even if you played well you might ruin your score there.

10. Golfclub Zillertal Uderns - 9th hole (Austria)

The first championship course in the Zillertal offers various new challenges for the individual golf game – elegance, exclusivity and an astonishing view of the surrounding Zillertal Mountain. Every hole has a special feature to be remembered: Hole 9 for example has an island green.

11. Golf Club Castelconturbia - 7th hole (Italy)

This modern 27 holes golf course - which actually has a long history - was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr and covers an area of over one million square meters. The course has many secular trees, streams, small lakes and gentle undulations of the land which all add character to the three loops of Castelconturbia with the massif of Mount Rosa in the background. The 7th hole on the Yellow course offers an island green. It's a par-4, so your tee shot has to be perfect to make a good score here. This club is bookable online via Leading Courses!

12. Kempense Golf Club - 8th hole (Belgium)

The Kempense Golf Club is playable year-round and when it was built more than 24.000 trees and bushes were planted, which have really transformed the place. The 8th hole - called Peter’s Island - is famous amongst its members. This par-3 is not easy, although laying up is possible. Your best score will then most likely be a bogey. The bridge leading up to the island is a copy of the Swilcan bridge at the Old Course at St. Andrews Links.

13. Lo Romero Golf - 18th hole (Spain)

Lo Romero Golf club boasts possibly one of the most challenging holes on the Costa Blanca in the Valencian Community. The 18th hole of Lo Romero Golf course is a par-4 of 356m (from the yellow tees) played from an elevated tee that looks down onto the island green. Lo Romero is bookable online on Leading Courses!

14. La Finca Golf - Finca Resort - 5th hole (Spain)

The nearly 6500 yard course at La Finca has been designed to host golf tournaments. The natural setting not only provides majestic views of lakes, trees and mountains but it also challenges and makes the game more exciting, including an island green on the 5th hole. La Finca Golf is also bookable online on Leading Courses!

15. Golf De Saint Endréol - 13th hole (France)

Set under the impressive Rocher de Roquebrune rock, the course of Saint Endréol winds around the river and a series of water obstacles, among dry garrigue, veteran oaks and umbrella pines. The famous 13th par-3 hole with its spectacular drop down onto a green in the middle of a lake is the signature hole and it's quite a challenge to get the distance right with the high elevated tees. Again, book this course conveniently via Leading Courses!

16. Golfbaan Stippelberg - 9th hole (The Netherlands)

The estate can be found at the beginning of Stippelberg forests and sand dunes, heath and stately avenues mark the landscape. In the west ancient dunes lie as "dots" ("Stippel" in Dutch) in the landscape and that's where Stippelberg received its name. The par-4 9th hole - called Egelmeer - offers an island undulating green with 6 different plateaus.