A sea­sonal gift

Ren­o­vated club­house adds a new sparkle to Her­manus Golf Club.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

Pos­si­bly the busiest golf club in South Africa dur­ing ev­ery fes­tive sea­son and through the rest of sum­mer from Jan­uary to March is Her­manus Golf Club in the Western Cape. Hol­i­day­mak­ers and swal­lows ar­riv­ing there will be thrilled to see a mag­nif­i­cently ren­o­vated club­house, which was com­pleted just in time for the start of the sea­son. The course at Her­manus was sub­stan­tially re­designed by Peter Matkovich, and in­creased to 27 holes, in time for the club cen­te­nary in 2007, yet the club­house, which had been opened in 1964, stayed more or less the same, with al­ter­ations only to the locker rooms.

“The club­house is in two parts, and all the cur­rent work took place in the so­cial area, the lounges, bars and half­way house,” said gen­eral man­ager Sharon Sleigh. “The build­ing work was quite some­thing to live through – we have a new roof on that sec­tion – but the re­sult is stun­ning, and mem­bers and vis­i­tors love the new, lighter look to the build­ing.”

The first big event where golfers could en­joy the fa­cil­ity was Novem­ber’s Walker Bay Clas­sic, in its 34th year, which saw 320 golfers play­ing on a Satur­day over the 27 holes, and then fill­ing the club­house af­ter­wards.

The one-storey club­house at Her­manus has al­ways been one of the best in South Africa in terms of pro­vid­ing a prac­ti­cal and easy-to-ac­cess home for golfers, which is what clubhouses should es­sen­tially be about. It doesn’t dou­ble up as a con­fer­ence cen­tre, or have pre­ten­sions to grandeur.You take a few steps out of the bar and you’re on the prac­tice putting green. It’s an old­fash­ioned con­cept hav­ing them so close to­gether, but it works. The new club­house still re­tains its re­cep­tion desk at the main en­trance, a wel­com­ing sight for vis­i­tors.

One of the fea­tures of be­ing in the Her­manus club­house is the su­perb moun­tain and course views it of­fers from the ve­randa and lounge.Those views are now en­hanced, with the dis­tinc­tive glass win­dows of the lounge, bar and half­way house now en­cased in alu­minium frames, re­plac­ing the dark wood of the past. It has made the in­te­rior so much brighter, while new fur­ni­ture and fit­tings has given the rooms a con­tem­po­rary look and feel.

With the new club­house has come a new ca­ter­ing man­ager, and Sleigh sees the golf club be­com­ing more of a lunch-time and func­tion des­ti­na­tion with mem­bers and vis­i­tors.The en­tire half­way house area is fully en­closed.

The orig­i­nal club­house at Her­manus was on the site of what is now The 19th Hole guest house, ad­join­ing the prac­tice chip­ping range.The new club­house in 1964 cost in the re­gion of R35 000, a far cry from the ren­o­va­tion price of R4.5 mil­lion,

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