AT­LANTIC BEACH - WEST­ERN CAPE

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This golf es­tate In the West Coast vil­lage of Melk­bosstrand is a de­sir­able ad­dress for Cape Town res­i­dents want­ing prox­im­ity to the ocean. Ex­pen­sive homes line the fair­ways of a course opened at the start of the new Mil­len­nium. At­lantic Beach moved up to No 79 on the last Top 100 rank­ings fol­low­ing vastly im­proved con­di­tion­ing and a switch of nines. The first hole now tees off in front of the dou­ble-storey club­house, and it’s a su­perb long par 4, played over the edge of a dune down­hill to the green.

At­lantic Beach has an un­du­lat­ing links feel to it, and the course was a suit­able Bri­tish Open qual­i­fy­ing venue in 2004 and 2005, when windy weather gave com­peti­tors a taste of what they could ex­pect in Scot­land. It has many unique holes, sev­eral with views of Table Moun­tain.

The course has a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a fierce chal­lenge, be­cause of the fyn­bos which lines the fair­ways in places, yet it en­joys some of the widest fair­ways in the Cape. This makes it em­i­nently playable in the wind, and it was cho­sen by the SAGA to host the Chal­lenge Cup IPT in May. Mem­o­rable hole: The par-5 13th is a re­mark­able hole and a great test of golf­ing abil­ity. A blind tee shot over a ridge must be fol­lowed by an ac­cu­rate sec­ond shot be­tween in­dige­nous bush guard­ing both sides of the fair­way. Then comes an ap­proach to a rel­a­tively small el­e­vated green. Club man­ager: Tony Louw.

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