MILNERTON - WEST­ERN CAPE

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One of South Africa’s most scenic lay­outs, built along­side the beach in Table Bay, with mag­nif­i­cent views of Table Moun­tain and Cape Town’s sky­line. The holes are on a nar­row strip of links-like land be­tween ocean and la­goon. The course dates to the 1920s, but was re­built in 1997 by Golf Data to ac­com­mo­date the Sun­set Links es­tate. This is sep­a­rate to the golf club, with its own en­trance.

Milnerton was ranked No 21 on the first Golf Digest Top 50 in 1998, and was No 84 in the last rank­ing. Ex­posed to the wind, it is one of a hand­ful of SA cour­ses with an out-and-back rout­ing, which means there are two half­way houses. Like the Old Course at St An­drews, you play away from the club­house for nine holes, down­wind with the pre­vail­ing sum­mer south-easter, then turn around and re­turn into the wind. Golfers start­ing at the tenth have to drive along a nar­row, twist­ing road through the course to get to the far end of the prop­erty, where there is a prac­tice putting green.

You cross a road bridge over the la­goon to reach the club­house, over­look­ing the At­lantic Ocean. The 19th Hole is one of the most fes­tive in the Cape, and the club­house in­cludes the pop­u­lar Mae­stro’s Restau­rant.

Milnerton is renowned in the Cape as a won­der­ful win­ter venue. The weather is more be­nign in terms of wind, and the sandy soil means the course is al­ways dry. In sum­mer, it’s best to play in the morn­ing, be­fore the wind picks up. Mem­o­rable hole: The par-4 18th is a strong closer into the south-easter. The la­goon flanks the left side of the hole from tee to green. Gen­eral man­ager: Mark Schacht.

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