ATLANTIC BEACH - WESTERN CAPE
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.