The country’s most popular 9-hole course, Metropolitan Golf Club, has been judged the second best conditioned course in the Western Cape. For the last few years Cape Town golfers have been e usive in their praise of the bent grass greens, which retain a remarkable high level of consistency throughout the year. The Met, which is protected from most of the Cape Peninsula’s strong winds due to its position near the Waterfront, produces slick and true putting surfaces for members and visitors on a daily basis. Servest Landscaping and Turf has the maintenance contract.
The Met, a 9-holer with 14 separate greens, is a new course designed by Mark Muller, the original layout having had to make way for the construction of Cape Town’s World Cup stadium. Golf Digest ranks 9-hole courses separately from 18hole courses, so Metropolitan was not considered for the Top 100, even though it scores particularly high in two of the seven rating criteria, Aesthetics and Conditioning. In terms of popularity it had 26 000 rounds in 2015. As a result, we felt it would be remiss to exclude it from our rankings of the Best Conditioned Courses.
The same rule applies to the 9-hole Bosch Hoek course in the KZN Midlands which was upgraded and visibly enhanced by Golf Data two years ago. Bosch Hoek, like the Met, is a superb gol ng experience, and it is also ranked highly in terms of conditioning among KZN courses.
However, the enduring charm of both Bosch Hoek and Metropolitan is that they are in fact 9-hole courses. That’s what makes them stand out as fabulous places to play. It’s great to play them a second time, using di erent tees for the back nine, or di erent greens in the case of the Met. They t small parcels of land, and so there is no room for future expansion.
The one “9-holer” which does make the Top 100, and has done since 2012, is Gowrie Farm, a neighbour of Bosch Hoek in the KZN Midlands, placed at No 49. Developer and designer Guy Smith could have possibly squeezed 18 holes into the property at Nottingham Road, but he chose instead to produce a clever hybrid design which includes ve unique par 3s, none of which you play more than once, has 12 separate greens, and a multitude of tees which change angles to holes. The outcome is a spacious and interesting course which avoids the repetitive feel of many 9-holers.
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Signal Hill is a backdrop to the par-3 18th at Metropolitan.