OUDTSHOORN – GARDEN ROUTE / KAROO
Visitors can always expect a friendly welcome at one of the oldest golf clubs in the region, whether it’s to play golf, or have a drink in the clubhouse overlooking the course, and look at the memorabilia. Oudtshoorn not only has the only 18-hole course in the Karoo with grass greens, fairways and tees, but the layout was designed by the late great Bob Grimsdell, who created some memorable holes in a harsh dry landscape.
The “new” course was opened 60 years ago, on May 31, 1957, and it has been enjoyed by many golfers in that time. It used to host the SA Country Districts Interprovincial – the Karoo Golf Union using it as their home base. The club is not as busy as it once was, but it continues to be a rare Karoo gem which should be played by any keen golfer passing through this quaint town with its many tourist attractions.
Golfers suffering wet weather in the Garden Route, on the coastal side of the Outeniqua mountain range, should always consider driving over the Outeniqua pass to play golf at Oudtshoorn, which is bound to be dry! It’s just 64 kilometres from George.
A housing development, including a retirement home, adjoining the course has been approved by the local municipality, and this could benefit the golf club to the extent of their getting a new clubhouse, irri- gation system and bent grass for the greens.
The par-72 course measures 6 210 metres from the back trees, and trees line every hole. Bunkers are few and far between, and there are three water hazards. The greens have a mixture of Bayview and bent grass. Visitors are welcome in Wednesday and Saturday competitions, when the green fee is R190. Phone 044 2724201. Memorable holes: Oudtshoorn has the “Horseshoe” from 11 to 13 where three pars is a good score. On the par-4 11th you drive through a narrow gap of trees, avoiding a dam on the right. The 12th is a picturesque par 3 guarded by two dams, and 13 is a par 5, again with the dam on the right, and thorn bushes on the left. Club captain: President: