The Slufter is a deep trench in Texel’s line of dunes, which originated in the nineteenth century when the North Sea broke through the dyke. Attempts to seal the trench failed.
The unique nature reserve north of De Koog has characteristic salt marsh flora and in summer is purple with lamb’s ear. At high tide the sea flows in freely, and in storms the water splashes high against the dune.
As the Slufter controls the human hand imperturbably, like a mini-Slufter the Hanenplas, swollen by rainwater, doggedly takes bites from the fairway halfway towards hole 7.