BEST CON­DI­TIONED

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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.

CAPE TOWN GEM

Sig­nal Hill is a back­drop to the par-3 18th at Metropoli­tan.

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