ROUNDS ARE UP IN THE CAPE

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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.

WALKER BAY

BEAUTY

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.

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