Europe’s largest Indoor Golf Centre makes practising amidst nature possible the whole year round.
The Dutch golf club the Eindhovensche Golf has erected Europe’s largest Indoor Golf Centre in one of the scarce wooded areas in the Netherlands. Here golfers cannot only train while being protected from wind and rain, but they can also make use of the most modern equipment available.
The club, founded in 1930, was in the midst of modernisation when Anneke Tuyt-van Riemsdijk, granddaughter of the club founder Anton Philips, took the initiative to build the golf practice centre. The new complex offers the club an indoor space with the full range of training facilities currently available: an indoor putting and chipping green, indoor and outdoor driving range stalls, golf simulators, a golf shop, a lounge and a fitness room.
Surprise Awaits Under Flowing Roof When approaching the practice centre, the first thing that catches your eye is the dark roof, which starts at the ground and continues up over the building. The roof, inspired by the monumental thatched roof of the old clubhouse from the 1930s, covers the new indoor golf centre’s wooden frame like a blanket. The rise and fall of the golf ball’s flight determined the roof’s characteristic staggered form. At the end of the building the roof folds downward again, covering the auxiliary functions. After walking past the building’s wooden facade and through the entrance, it immediately becomes apparent how spacious and open the building is.
Surrounded by Nature Throughout the building, the natural shades of the exposed wooden structure and the use of rough natural stone ensure that the building is in harmony with its surroundings, inside and out. The maintenance-free, sustainable wood products used, Accoya and Waxed Wood, will age naturally, their grey colour blending in with the surrounding woods. The wooden trusses and timber cladding create a warm and inviting space, in which the users can improve their golf game with supporting activities and relax. The finishes, together with the view over the practice greens outside, create inviting spaces for mental training, the golf shop, a lounge and the fitness areas.
The building not only fits in seamlessly into its surroundings, but also pulls nature inside. The sun penetrates deep into the building, and views of the surroundings are visible throughout, such as in the ten-metre-high chipping and pitching zone where the surrounding trees are visible through large window openings. This space extends into a twenty-metre-long putting green, where a long band of windows also brings you into contact with nature, as well as the entering visitors. The golfers tee off from the indoor stalls on the upper floor, hitting the ball through double doors towards the driving range, while high-speed camera’s film their performance.
On the outside of the building, there is a two-level driving range where golfers can also practise their swings in covered stalls. The golf simulators allow them to virtually visit other top locations and practice their golf game all over the world.