ROUNDS ARE UP IN THE CAPE
If course rankings were judged on the popularity of courses, then Hermanus Golf Club in the Western Cape would be near the top of the list.
Golf is certainly not in decline when you hear that the 27 holes at Hermanus did 7 000 rounds in December, and again in January!
“We are incredibly proud of our unbelievable round count for the past calendar year, which topped 55 000 18hole rounds,” said club manager Sharon Sleigh. “Our visitors have also been delighted by the recent introduction of 9 Springbok to the course. And two fawns have already been born!”
Louis van der Walt of Peter Matkovich Design made several improvements to the course, which moves up to No 41, including raising the 17th fairway to prevent flooding in winter, an upgrade to the bunkers, and enlarging the ninth tee.
Cape Town and its surrounding regions, the Winelands and Overberg, is booming in terms of golf tourism and the demand from local golfers.
Hermanus was certainly not the busiest course in the Cape in 2015, even with 27 holes. The “honour” of having the most rounds goes to the perennial winner, Westlake Golf Club in Cape Town, which did 58 361 rounds. It was followed in terms of 18hole courses by nearby Clovelly CC, in Fish Hoek, with 54 672 rounds, while Durbanville (50 536) and Milnerton (47 000) were also busy.
Hermanus was superbly remodelled by Peter Matkovich.
The par-3 13th overlooks Walker Bay.
The Eye of Africa, which hosted its first Sunshine Tour event, the PGA Championship, in February, has a new practice facility adjacent to the existing 300-metre long range. There are four target greens for pitching from various distances and from any lie, plus deep and shallow bunkers, and a chipping green. A fairway bunker allows golfers to practice long distance bunker shots. And the tee box has been extended to offer practice off uphill and downhill lies.