HOLE No. 1 (Cormorant)
Par 4, Stroke 9
Trees guard both sides of the fairway, but a straight drive leaves just a 7 or 8 iron in to the
green where the pin placing can be very tricky. Again a relatively easy hole when the
prevailing south-easter blows, but a terror when the north-west is operating.
HOLE No. 2 (Crow)
Par 3, Stroke 13
Longest par 3 on the course at 173 metres. Pretty straightforward but in the south-
easter a driver could be required to reach the green!
HOLE No. 3 (Shrike)
Par 5, Stroke 5
Not an easy hole, and beware the railway-line along the right-hand side
where the prevailing wind will assist a fade over the fence. Large blue-gum trees guard
the approach to the green and the double tier on the green makes putting risky. Most
players will find the stroke suspiciously high on this hole!
HOLE No. 4 (Fisant)
Par 4, Stroke 15
A short par 4 gives little warning of the inherent difficulties of this charming hole. If you
crest the hill you have a wedge or sand-wedge in, but if you are short of the crest, you
face a blind shot to the green, which is small and tricky. A fade on the driver can see
your ball having to dodge an on-coming Rovos Rail Express.
HOLE No. 5 (Hadeda)
Par 4, stroke 11
Here we have one of only two blind drives on the course. Aim for the big fir tree on the
right and draw left slightly. With the north-west behind you, the long hitters can reach
the green but as it’s shape reminds you of a humpback whale, staying on is another
question. In to the south-easter you are faced with a five or three wood for your second
HOLE No. 6 (Reier)
Par 5, Stroke 1
The second blind drive over a hill and straight in to the south-easter makes this par 5 a
monster of a hole, and even the broad fairway and forgiving semi-rough does not make
it any friendlier, with water on the left and bunkers on the right hand side of the green.
Again, with a north-western wind the hole turns into a kitten, with many birdies and
eagles being recorded.
HOLE No. 7 (Moorhen)
Par 3, Stroke 17
The feature hole of the course. A charmer over water with a huge green and a forgiving
upward sloping hill behind the green. Takes some carry over the dam to reach the green,
and some of the older golfers lay up on the right hand side to avoid a splash, Delightful
fynbos area to the left before the bridge spanning the dam. Spectacular view of the
mountain from the green looking back to the tee-box.
HOLE No. 8 (Bleshoender)
Par 4, Stroke 7
Fully deserving of it’s stroke 3 rating, this is one of the more difficult par 4’s on the
course, even though it normally plays with the south-easter at your back. A dogleg to
Built-up green with bunkers on either side makes approach tricky to say the least.
HOLE No. 9 (Pelican)
Par 4, Stroke 3
This is also a memorable hole. A wide double ditch runs across the fairway, which forces
you to think about your drive. With the north-wester the young guns can carry the ditch,
cutting the corner of the dam on the left, but even they have to lay up facing the
prevailing south-easter. Hooking on this hole takes you for a swim!
HOLE No. 10 (Kiewiet)
Par 4, Stroke 16
A straightforward opening hole with a concrete ditch crossing the fairway just where the
longer drivers might find trouble. A dam on the right hand side for those who fade.
HOLE No. 11 (Duck)
Par 4, Stroke 12
Drive over a dam (carry about 100 metres) towards the green. Easy hole when the
south-easter blows, but beware the north-wester – can be very long. Huge green can
leave you with 40 metre putt.
HOLE No. 12 (Peacock)
Par 5, Stroke 2
Long carry to reach the fairway – dogleg to the right with trees guarding the approach.
Five bunkers guard the green and tricky slopes can cause three-putts.
HOLE No. 13 (Dikkop)
Par 3, Stroke 18
Supposedly one of the easiest holes on the course but the south easter can make you
use a three wood to carry the plus minus 130 metres to the flag! The huge green and
double slopes makes putting tricky.
HOLE No. 14 (Ibis)
Par 4, Stroke 8
Definitely the one par 4 where the long hitters can drive the green. Dogleg to the left
and large bunkers guarding the green with water directly behind the hole. Takes
courage to go for the green.
HOLE No. 15 (Tarentaal)
Par 4, Stroke 4
Normally down-wind but bunkers flank the fairway. Huge fir tree guards the green
making approach from the right-hand side tricky. Smallish green with thick semi-rough
takes care of the Texas wedge specialists.
HOLE No. 16 (Kolgans)
Par 5, Stroke 10
Beautiful hole with a huge bunker guarding the left hand side of the fairway (in driving
distance). Three-tiered green with severe slopes and two bunkers guarding. Produces
most of the eagles recorded on the course (especially with the northerly wind blowing).
HOLE No. 17 (Weaver)
Par 3, Stroke 14
A spectacular par 3 over water straight in to the south-easter. Causes havoc with drives
as there is a steep embankment behind the green. Straight hitting imperative.
HOLE No. 18 (Gallinule)
Par 4, Stroke 6
Another intimidating drive partly over water where fading is simply not on. Again directly
in to the south easter. When the north wind blows it turns in to a pussycat, but if you
fade you go in to the dam.