MILNERTON - WESTERN CAPE
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.