BELLVILLE - WESTERN CAPE
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.