Yellow 6166 metres, CR73.0/130
White 5865 metres, CR71.2/127
Blue 5566 metres, CR69.8/123
Red 5157 metres, CR67.5/118
Women’s white, CR77.8/134
Women’s blue, CR75.6/128
Women’s red, CR73.1/126
Peak season (Dec-Jan) R630
High season (Oct-April) R580
Low season (May-Sept) R490
Golf carts R320
Charles Molteno Murray 1931
044 873 6116
George has long been regarded as one of the most delightful parkland courses in South Africa. It was in the Top 10 of the very first Golf Digest rankings in 1998, and has held its own since despite the plethora of great layouts built over the last 20 years.
Its reputation comes from being a wonderful walk along attractive leafy fairways; having an interesting variety of holes on gently undulating terrain; the enjoyment of its challenges for a diverse range of handicaps; and conditioning of a consistently high quality. Plus the majestic backdrop of the Outeniqua mountain range. It is one of the busiest and most popular courses in the Garden Route region which includes seven of the top 25 courses in South Africa.
George is not long by modern standards – it has never hosted a Sunshine Tour men’s tournament – but the course is not easy to subdue with its modern greens where pins can be tucked in tricky positions. Shot-making skills are an essential requirement. The lowest tournament score is 64.
George was for many years the only golf course in the city, and now there are five. Visitors to the nearby Fancourt resort quickly discover that George GC is one of this country’s gems, and refer to it as “The Old Course.”
A feature of George is the vast dam around which the first, 17th and 18th holes are played. It’s more a scenic feature rather than a serious hazard. Other than for a wild hook off 18, the water only comes into play left of the fairway on No 1, a superb risk-and-reward par-4 opener. The single-storey clubhouse has a wonderful outlook over the exceptional 18th hole.
63 by member Jovan Rebula (15) in 2012
George has an unusual setup of holes on each nine. The front nine has 7 par 4s, one par 5 and one par 3, while the back nine has three of each. Three of the par 3s come in the last six holes. The finishing stretch from 16 to 18 features three of the best holes on the course, a dogleg par 5, long par 3, and a magnificent long par 4 playing towards the mountains. The last two holes, plus the first, a risk-and-reward short par 4, skirt around a large dam built in the 1990s.
The Marriott King George hotel fronts on to the par-5 11th hole.
George is restricted to a short-game area next to the ninth green, and at halfway house.
2020 Meyer Potgieter & Sandra Winter
2019 Ivan Williams & Sandra Winter
1/ The club was founded in 1906, and the current course created in the 1930s by Charles Molteno Murray, who without any machinery had to design around the natural flow of the land.
2/ GM Sandra Lennox in 2017 made history by becoming the first female to be named Club Manager of the Year by CMASA. She began as a bookkeeper at George GC in 2001, and became manager in 2010.
3/ George has held numerous men’s and women’s amateur tournaments, including several national championships, the most recent being the 2016 men’s SA Amateur.
4/ Three generations of the Mitchell family have been famous club members. Hunter Mitchell was club captain and president, his son John won 11 club championships (1967-84), and grandson Nic seven club titles (2009-2017). The late John Mitchell won the Cape Province Open five consecutive years from 1974-78.
5/ The annual subscription for full membership is R5 956 (plus R7 650 for a 50-round package), one of the best deals for a top ranked club anywhere! It is a very social club, a hub of the George community.
6/ George adjoins another Top 100 course, Kingswood.
An old traditional course. Position is a key word when playing George. The course is in great condition year round and an absolute must play when in the Southern Cape. One's tee shot position should be carefully selected in order to play the best second into each green. A true test and the ability to play all shots is a huge advantage. George calls for the ability to hit the ball left to right, right to left, high or low. Greens generally fast so a steady putting stroke is key.
Enough in it to challenge a single-figure handicap, but offers hope for the higher-handicap to keep coming back. Immaculate condition. Friendly locals.
I have been a club member since 1996 and have seen it improve every year to what it is today. A classic parkland layout that offers a challenge for the low-handicap and a memorable round for the social golfer. Every hole offers its individual beauty and challenge. We regard George as the best members club in South Africa where we treat our visitors as members.
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