Garden Route Top 14
George Golf Club
George - Garden Route
General Manager: Sandra Lennox
Greenkeeper: Pietie Botha
Club captain: Jaco van Niekerk
Chairman: Daryl Austin
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 76.8 out of 100
Conditioning15.1 / 20
Playability15.0 / 20
Aesthetics12.8 / 15
Design Variety12.2 / 15
Shot Values10.2 / 15
Memorability11.5 / 15
Four tees / Par 72
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
Visitor green fee
Peak season (Dec-Jan) R680
High season (Oct-April) R625
Low season (May-Sept) R525
Golf carts R320
Charles Molteno Murray 1931
044 873 6116
14 (2021) & 12 (2020)
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 have done well with numerous upgrades to the property in 2021, further consolidating the club’s status as one of the best golf experiences in the Garden Route. There’s a new fence bordering the eighth and ninth holes on the main road. Passing motorists get a better glimpse of the course and the main dam. New cart paths and extensions have been built on several holes. There are new toilets on the course, one on each nine. And 120 solar panels have been installed as a cost saving on the electricity bill.
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.
Additional Course Facts
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.
2021 Nicholas Mitchell & Chloe Malgas
2020 Meyer Potgieter & Sandra Winter
2019 Ivan Williams & Sandra Winter
*Mitchell has been club champion 8 times.
Did You Know
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.
Course and Facilities Rating
What a beautiful setting. Nature at its best. Excellent club facilities and the staff make you feel welcome.
27 January 2023
A real treat to play here as the course is always in great nick. A gem in the heart of George, which rivals Fancourt. Great variety of holes in a superb layout.
24 December 2022
Always a pleasure to play at George except for one aspect; the course marshals are aggressive and irritating, not welcoming. Our golf group were hassled to speed up and keep up when we weren't behind. I thought it was a one-off last year but same again this year. The fairway bunkers are not well placed. Many aren't visible off the tee, so the framing of holes and fairways is lacking. Other than that though George is a great course. Fairways, greens and tees are very good.
06 December 2022
A fantastic experience from start to finish. Friendly staff and management to a well maintained and manicured course. A true test and a course you can play every day.
05 December 2022
This golf club never sits on its laurels. There is a constant effort to improve every aspect of the golfer's experience. Regular hollow-tining of greens to ensure quality greens, adding new facilities such as toilets on the course, clearing vegetation, building new cart tracks and re-structuring the bunkers. Staff friendly and helpful. Both the bar and halfway house offer good choice, value and prompt service.
17 October 2022
One of the best member courses in the country, always in immaculate condition. Friendly staff and good pace of play.
Mauritz du Plessis
12 October 2022
This is a good course but I don't understand why it is ranked so high in the Top 100 as nothing stands out. The locker room is outdated. The halfway house is still very slow, making us fall behind the pace of play. Greens are not all consistent in terms of speed.
Willry van Breda
11 August 2022
George's stunning setting, attractive climate and a challenging and well-maintained course makes it hard to beat among Garden Route destinations. The club is driven by a constant wish to improve everything, from course maintenance to clubhouse facilities, to make the experience the best possible for members and visitors.
Robert K Berry
03 June 2022
Great challenge every time I play here. Course is in good condition, and management aware of the need to refresh, renew and revitalise. And the views! None better of our mountain! A great members club.
28 May 2022
Great layout, views, and overall experience. Proud to be a member.
27 May 2022
Beautiful to see the tame bushbuck around the course. Not as well conditioned as the estate courses in the Garden Route.
28 March 2022
Lovely layout. Fairways and bunkers superb. Greens disappointing.
27 February 2022
George is a course great for walking as it's an attractive mix of ups and downs, combined with stunning views of the Outeniqua Mountains. Most of all though a golf club with super friendly staff. The greens have taken a beating with the high amount of December traffic, but it steals nothing from the experience that is George GC.
03 January 2022
This time of the year after winter rainfall the course is muddy, soft underfoot, producing a lot of mud balls. The course is still well maintained though, and there is good attention to detail around the greens.
13 June 2021
George is one of the best of our "local clubs," constantly holding its own against the newer estate courses and championship layouts. It remains a solid test for any level of golfer, requiring accuracy off the tee and a good short game. There are no weak holes, which means that every tee box presents a unique challenge. I've played the course in better condition, but that doesn't mean it wasn't in great shape this time. The Garden Route has had so much rain that everything is lush and sodden underfoot.
08 May 2021
George has to be one of the most interesting courses in South Africa in terms of Design Variety, one of the criteria in rating the Top 100. A great course is never repetitive in its presentation of the holes, and the more variety a design provides the more it tests the complete game of a golfer. George has that in abundance, plus a curious back nine made up of three par 5s, three par 4s and three par 3s. It also has the rare feature of both nines ending with a really strong par 4. They are not particularly long for the modern game, yet the greens are fierce defenders of par. The ninth green is one of the scariest I've encountered. This is also a golf club which adheres strongly to the true traditions of the game.
30 October 2020
George Golf Club is one of the finest member clubs in South Africa. Their course was also in excellent condition, with incredible attention to detail. Tee boxes and presentation among the finest in the country at this time of year. Attentiveness and service from the management team is also worth a mention. Not to be missed on a Garden Route tour.
12 October 2020
Always a pleasure to play this wonderful parkland classic. Probably the nicest course to play in the Garden Route. In great condition despite recent rain and high traffic.
03 October 2020
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.
05 June 2020
Enough in it to challenge a single-figure handicap, but offers hope for the higher-handicap to keep coming back. Immaculate condition. Friendly locals.
01 April 2020
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.
16 March 2020
George is always in good condition, and pace of play during peak season is good. A highly recommended golfing experience.
29 February 2020
This golf club works hard at ensuring they remain one of the best experiences in the country. They maintain high standards despite a lot of traffic. Magnificent greens, both in terms of conditioning and design. Presentation of the course is always outstanding, and it's good to see some of the unruly bush being opened up to improve the vistas. It's a friendly club with a great vibe in the 19th hole.
10 February 2020
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