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Devonvale

Near Stellenbosch, Winelands - Western Cape

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CEO: Ryno Bernardo
Greenkeeper: Edward Russouw (STM)
Club captain: Tarryn Borsutzky
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 61.2 out of 100
Conditioning13.6 / 20
Playability12.5 / 20
Aesthetics11.1 / 15
Design Variety8.1 / 15
Shot Values8.0 / 15
Memorability7.9 / 15

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Yellow 5962 metres, CR71.6/121
White 5571 metres, CR69.7/118
Red 4933 metres, CR65.9/112
Women’s white, CR75.2/122
Women’s red, CR71.3/119

Visitor Green Fee

Affiliated R490, non-affiliated R795
Golf cart R395
Winter weekday special R350

Course designer

Ken Elkin 1964

Contact

021 888 4735
www.devonvale.co.za

A charming parkland course adjoining vineyards in the Bottelary Valley of the Cape Winelands, 10 kilometres from Stellenbosch, it is good fun to play for the average golfer and holidaymaker. With a variety of accommodation options, it makes for an excellent base for visitors.

Devonvale’s 18 might be on the short side but it’s a well-designed layout with interesting challenges in the form of dogleg holes, tree-lined fairways, water hazards and tricky greens. There’s wildlife on the course, and it’s a most pleasant walk.

Interestingly, in the 1970s this was meant to have become the first golf estate in South Africa. But that development came much later, and even today there is no housing inside the course, but rather clustered around the clubhouse and to the left of the opening hole.

Devonvale was originally a gravel quarry, which explains the unusual topography, and part of Hartenberg wine farm, when the owner Simeon Blumberg, inspired by the golf estates he had seen in the United States, built the course.

The first hole, a short par 4, plays steeply uphill to the highest point of the course, and from there you’re mostly coasting downhill for the rest of the round. The second tee looks down on an enormous dam around which the closing four holes of the front nine are played. The par-4 18th also plays uphill and is one of the most difficult holes to an elevated green bunkered on both sides.

The par 3s are excellent and present quite a challenge, notably the ninth, with its green high above the slope of the dam, while the 16th plays 215 metres from the back tee.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

63 by Neville Todd in 2000 Boland Open

Practice Facility

Excellent full-size range a short walk from the clubhouse. Teaching professional is Anna Becker-Frankel from Sweden.

Club Champions

2022 Timothy Daniels & Anne-Isabel Scheltema
2021 Wilco Hall & Ashleigh Huysamen
2020 David Barnard & Annie Scheltema (age 13) 
2019 Archie Steyn & Athna de Jager-Gaven
David Barnard has won 5 titles dating back to 2007

Did You Know

1/ Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate is a private company and one of the owners for the last 20 years has been well-known yachting personality JJ Provoyeur, who has developed the estate and vastly improved the course. The estate has its own Provoyeur wine label.

2/ English pro Gary Clark scored 60 with 10 birdies and an eagle in a SA Open Qualifier, December 2009. There was placing so it didn’t count as a course record.

3/ Devonvale has hosted a Sunshine Tour event, the 2002 SA Women’s Open, and 2018 SA Women’s Interprovincial. Haydn Porteous won the 2013 Boland Open on 14-under 202 from Zander Lombard. Ryan Dreyer won the 2021 SA Mid-Amateur on 7-under 209.

4/ There’s a special area at the clubhouse where the French game of boules is played.

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Devonvale has become popular with GolfRSA and the Boland Golf Union as a venue for national interprovincial tournaments. In October the Winelands club is hosting the men's SA Mid-Amateur (it proved a stern test for last year's SA Mid-Amateur strokeplay, and next year it will be the SA Country Districts. A big plus is that Devonvale can accommodate virtually all the teams on site in their hotel. Spring treatment (hollow-tining of greens) takes place next week to prepare for the Mid-Amateurs. Devonvale still has its winter cloak -- thicker grass on the fairways which means no roll -- but the greens have been excellent. Some length is being added to take the yellow tees to over 6 000 metres, yet with only one longish par 4 (No 10 at 405) the difficulties here are not length but the deceptive changes in elevation and some cleverly designed greens complexes.
Stuart McLean
25 August 2022
Devonvale is a hidden gem as far as courses go. It has a wonderful setting in the Cape Winelands and is well manicured with good attention to detail around the greens. They are smooth and consistent. The bunkers are equally good and fairways well grassed.
Henry Trevena
13 June 2022
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The Cape Winelands always provides an enjoyable backdrop for a golf course and Devonvale is no exception. The course is on the short side, with many par 4s less than 350 metres. The narrow fairways and small greens are the key defence. The ninth is an enjoyable par 3 which is impacted by the prevailing breeze, with a large hazard left of the green awaiting a wayward shot. The tenth is a strong downhill par 4 which demands an accurate drive and precise approach to a small putting surface. One of the defining features of the design is the number of dogleg holes on each nine. Few holes are "straight away," adding to the interest and placing an emphasis on positioning of the tee shot. Devonvale looks to be doing a number of the basics right and the course was full over the weekend.
Jon James
11 March 2022
Devonvale on a sunny day is sparkling at this time of year, and the course is playing exceptionally well. The greens are in magnificent condition and putts run superbly. Fairways are well covered. After all the winter rains the dams on the course are nearly all full, adding to the beautiful aesthetics of this Winelands property. The large water hazard which is a feature of the par-5 17th is the fullest it has ever been (I've seen how deep it is when dry), and contributes to the attractiveness and challenge of this well-designed dogleg hole where a long drive can put golfers in reach of the green for their second shot. Devonvale offers excellent winter rates of R300 for visitors.
Stuart McLean
06 August 2021
A Winelands gem. A fun and quirky course, short, but with plenty of doglegs, trees and water hazards making for a challenging yet fair test for everyone. The greens are relatively small but rewarding. Condition of the course was really good and it drains well after rain. Look no further if you're in search of a pleasant experience with views of the scenic Stellenbosch mountains and vineyards.
warren minster
18 September 2020
A pleasant surprise finding Devonvale in such good condition from tee to green. This is a must play course. Compliments must go to the greenkeeper and staff. There is no shortage of attention to detail around greens which are nicely shaped and well bunkered. The fringes are cut short and smooth allowing you to putt from off the green. Putting surfaces are consistent and hold their line while running at 10.5. Bunkers consistent and well maintained.
Henry Trevena
30 August 2020
Most of the greens surrounds were excellent despite the time of year. The greens were extremely fast and firm, and quite a test. Presentation very good at Devonvale.
Anton Bezuidenhout
25 August 2020
Having last played Devonvale a number of years ago, I can report from my latest outing there that it has become one of the most improved golf courses in the Western Cape. The number of additional dams on the course has helped with the water shortage in the region. The fairways were outstanding and greens good.
ed raubenheimer
02 August 2020
Devonvale is busy with golfing tourists right now, and you can see the appeal of this Winelands venue. It has an attractive setting, a fun course, and the greens are superb. The starter Andries van Zyl does a fantastic job keeping everything moving, so the pace of play is quick.
Stuart McLean
17 February 2020
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