Yellow, 6324 metres, CR74.4/143
White, 5939 metres, CR71.9/138
Blue, 5446 metres, CR70.1/135
Red, 5073 metres, CR66.5/129
Women’s blue, CR76.2/136
Women’s red, CR74.0/132
Non-affiliated R1 200
Peter Matkovich 1999/2000
021 880 7300
De Zalze is one of South Africa’s most scenic golf estates, enjoying a beautiful setting outside Stellenbosch, with mountains as a backdrop. The clubhouse terrace, with fine views over the soft rolling countryside, is a popular spot for golfers and home owners to relax and socialise. The white-walled homes with their high pitches and gables exude a distinct architectural character. The Blaauwklippen River runs through the property, and there are two magnificent storage dams, one on each nine, which add to the aesthetics of the golf course.
De Zalze was chosen as the venue for the 2006 World Amateur Team Championships in order to showcase what the Cape and South Africa has to offer as a golfing destination.
The Peter Matkovich design is striking in its varying range of holes, tranquil scenery and superb conditioning. The fairways are generously wide, yet the approaches to greens require precise shot-making. Water hazards closely guard three of the par 3s. It has an excellent array of risk-and-reward par 5s, notably the 17th where the river forms a shallow ravine in front of the green. The 14th is a much improved par 5 following recent changes and Table Mountain stands as a distant backdrop. Here, a group of large bunkers in the middle of the fairway offer a choice of options; long hitters can go down the right to have a more direct approach to the green.
The 18th is one of the best short par 4s in the country, both in terms of its unique challenge and attractive looks. The Blaauwklippen River runs through the middle of the hole. The championship tee (308 metres) is positioned high on a hill among the vineyards, and for the bold player only a long confident drive will carry the river to get close to the green on the other side. Most golfers will lay up short of the river on a broad expanse of fairway, but must take care to avoid two ancient and tall oaks close to the river bank which serve as sentinels protecting the green.
De Zalze Lodge overlooks the first fairway, and Winelands Lodge the tenth fairway. Guests enjoy wine tastings at Kleine Zalze, fine dining at Terroir restaurant. The estate has cycling trails.
World Amateur Team Championship 2006;
SA Amateur 2006; SA Strokeplay 2019
Outstanding range adjoins the first tee where there is also a short-game area. Practice putting green at clubhouse. Two PGA teaching professionals are available for lessons and advice.
1/ Golfing history was made at De Zalze in 2006 when the South African women’s team won the Espirito Santo Trophy at the 2006 World Team Champs, the only time South Africa has triumphed at this biennial event.
2/ Rory McIlroy played at De Zalze as a 17-year-old member of the Irish team at the 2006 Eisenhower Trophy. He had a 67 in the final round.
3/ The Kleine Zalze winery behind the first green is part of the estate with its award-winning Terroir restaurant.
4/ De Zalze was originally known as Spier CC, having been developed by the nearby wine farm which is a big attraction for visitors to the area.
5/ De Zalze borders Stellenbosch Airport, and in 2005 an ex-SAAF Harvard made an emergency landing on the par-five 17th.
Francois le Roux & Shani Brynard
63, Garrick Higgo, Jayden Schaper at 2019 SA Strokeplay
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