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De Zalze

Stellenbosch, Winelands - Western Cape

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Golf manager: Alfie Payne
Golf manager: Darryn Pitout
Greenkeeper: Guy Kleu (Golf Data)
Club Captain: Corrie Visagie
Chairman: Roy Braxton
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 71.4 out of 100
Conditioning13.7 / 20
Playability14.2 / 20
Aesthetics12.5 / 15
Design Variety10.7 / 15
Shot Values10.8 / 15
Memorability9.5 / 15

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Yellow, 6324 metres, CR 72.9/133
White, 5939 metres, CR71.0/124
Blue, 5446 metres, CR68.4/120
Red, 5073 metres, CR66.9/114
Women’s white, CR77.7/142
Women’s blue, CR74.5/136
Women’s red, CR72.1/129

Visitor green fee

Affiliated R590
Non-affiliated R1200

Course designer

Peter Matkovich 1999/2000

Contact

021 880 7300
www.dezalzegolf.com

Previous ranking

33

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. 

Additional Course Facts

Feature Holes

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.

Accommodation

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.

MAJOR TOURNAMENTS

World Amateur Team Championship 2006;
SA Amateur 2006; SA Strokeplay 2019

Practice Facility

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.

Did You Know

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 wine estate is on the property and its wine tasting centre and restaurant adjoins the second tee of the golf course.

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.

Club Champions

2020 Alex Jordan & Shani Brynard
2019 Francois le Roux & Shani Brynard

Course Record

63, Garrick Higgo, Jayden Schaper at 2019 SA Strokeplay

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The setting at De Zalze is picturesque. The course meanders through vineyards and olive groves, past lakes and streams, the mountains of the Stellenbosch region providing a breathtaking backdrop. Clever positioning of fairway bunkers ask for thought from the tee. The 13th and 18th serve as reminders that good golf holes do not need to be strong in order to be remembered. Perhaps a few too many par 4s, especially on the front nine, do not need more than a good drive and a wedge. De Zalze has a fantastic set of par 5s, notably the two on the back nine. The first of these, No 14, is laid out beautifully in front of you from the elevated tee box and is a sight to behold. The second, No 17, is a great strategic hole. De Zalze is a fun course which showcases Winelands golf in the most excellent fashion. 

Robert Simpson
23 March 2021

De Zalze has the most beautiful setting and clubhouse, great practice facilities and superb greens. It is a successful club always working on improving conditions and service. On Wednesday evenings you will find a packed clubhouse with a great atmosphere, a must to add to your golfing experience.

Lance Faure
16 February 2021
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The best I’ve seen De Zalze. Greens are being dusted every other Monday. They are firm and true for putting. Bunkers have been upgraded since lockdown and much improved. Fairways in good shape, although sadly players don’t seem to like filling their divots. This is a good time to play De Zalze.
Henry Trevena
07 August 2020
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