BELLVILLE - WEST­ERN CAPE

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

One of South Africa’s hillier cour­ses in Cape Town’s North­ern Sub­urbs, un­du­lat­ing holes are a fea­ture of an un­usual prop­erty in the Wel­ge­moed Val­ley which has holes in three sep­a­rate parcels of land, di­vided by roads. There are four holes over­looked by the club­house, first and tenth, ninth and 18th, a lower sec­tion of seven holes, and an up­per sec­tion of an­other seven.

While no longer in Golf Digest’s Top 100, it has been there in the past. It has al­ways been known for out­stand­ingly good greens.

The course is rel­a­tively short at 6 000 me­tres by the stan­dards of to­day’s mod­ern game, but the chal­lenges lie in hold­ing the slop­ing fair­ways, and a wide range of up­hill and down­hill ap­proaches. Wa­ter haz­ards also come into play.

It is a pop­u­lar club and at one stage a decade ago had one of the big­gest mem­ber­ships in the coun­try. Mem­o­rable hole: The sixth is a long dog­leg right par 4 played from a high tee, fol­lowed by an up­hill ap­proach to a nar­row green. Gen­eral man­ager: Werner Theart.

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