Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life Passings -

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.

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