STRAND - WESTERN CAPE
A new modern course was built by Golf Data at Strand, opened in 1994, to replace the original layout on the dunes of the False Bay shoreline, taken over for development. It’s close to the Strand beachfront, but without any sea views. Although built on a flat, inland site, it’s an interesting and varied parkland design, with a strong finishing par5 18th in front of the clubhouse. A large water hazard guards the right hand side of the fairway, and another the front of an undulating raised green.
The tree-lined front nine has an unusual variety of different holes, dogleg par-5s, driveable par-4s and testing par-3s, while seven holes on the back nine are played on the other side of a highway, reached by a tunnel after playing the tenth. The course has briefly been in Golf Digest’s Top 100, but not in recent years despite the excellent condition of its greens. It is a regular host venue to Western Province tournaments, having a practice range facility on site. Memorable hole: The double-dogleg second is a highly unusual par 5, with large trees in the middle of the fairway, and a hidden green that only becomes visible as you get close to it. General manager: Cornie Blom.