A seasonal gift
Renovated clubhouse adds a new sparkle to Hermanus Golf Club.
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,