Have you always wanted to go to a horse race? Come and enjoy a day at Renbaan Duindigt. Enjoy sports and games with your family, colleagues or friends, on a special location with an atmospheric ambiance. Young and old, everyone has a good time at Renbaan Duindigt. If you want to take a gamble, you can, but of course you don't have to.
History of Renbaan Duindigt
The first racecourse at Wassenaar was located on the Landgoed Clingendael. The nobility was invited to watch, ordinary spectators were not welcome. The racecourse had to close for the construction of a railway.
At the request of the Nederlandsche Harddraverij- en Renvereeniging (NHRV), race stable owner Walter Joachim Jochems founded the new racecourse on 19 May 1906 on his estate of the same name. It was, however, open to the general public. The racecourse was 1600 meters long. In the middle was a steeplechase track. On the north side was a dune on which stands were built.
Also in those years there was betting, there was a hexagonal totokiosk. The Chamber banned betting in 1911. Things then went badly for Duindigt racecourse, until the arrival of the Germans revived equestrian sport. They also lifted the betting ban, so a lot of money was made. The Germans also used Duindigt to deploy V1 and V2 missiles aimed at London.
Betting has been allowed again since 1949. In the sixties and seventies, the races were much visited and people wanted to be seen there. Since then, visitors have become more interested in equestrian sports and betting.
Riders and trotters
Renbaan Duindigt is now the only track in the Netherlands that is used for both running and trotting races. The trot circuit was added in 1940. Horse races are traditionally held here every Sunday, except in January and February. 8 to 12 races are organized per race day.