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Hermanus – East course

Hermanus - Western Cape

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General manager: Sharon Sleigh
Golf operations manager: Willem Lindeque
Greenkeeper: Malcolm Bromley
Captain: Albert Streicher

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Yellow 6434 metres, CR74.6/141
White 5844 metres, CR71.4/137
Blue 5282 metres, CR68.5/128
Red 4873 metres, CR66.3/122
Women’s blue, CR74.4/136
Women’s red, CR71.7/129

Visitor green fee

Affiliated R585,
Non-affiliated R850

Course designer

Peter Matkovich 2006

Contact

028 312 1954
www.hgc.co.za

Hermanus rebuilt and remodelled their original 18-hole course in 2006, adding an extra nine holes on the property to increase it to a 27-hole facility. During the summer holiday season it is one of the busiest golf venues in the country – December 2019 saw 7 260 full rounds – and having 27 holes has paid handsome dividends for this members club founded in 1907 in what was then a fishing village and holiday outpost.

Peter Matkovich and his team rebuilt a 1950s Bob Grimsdell design, transforming and modernising the old course in time for the club centenary in 2007. Framed by pine trees, fynbos and wetlands, only holes 19 to 27 are reminders of how the layout used to be routed. The three different nines have a character of their own, and each provides a quality golf experience. Superb conditioning has long been a feature. Championships are played from 1 to 18 and the new Hermanus attracted its first ever SA men’s Amateur Championship in 2014. The variety of holes is a feature, as is the number of strong challenging par 4s.

The social area of the distinctive one-storey clubhouse was renovated in 2016, and it’s one of the most practical in the country, flowing on to the practice putting green. A feature of the clubhouse is the superb mountain and course views it offers from the veranda and lounge.

Visitors mistakenly think of Hermanus as a golf estate, because of the new housing around the perimeters of the course, but that is a separate entity from the golf club. Hermanus is popular as a place for people to retire, and famous for whale watching in Walker Bay during the spring.

Additional Course Facts

Feature Holes

Hermanus has many large trees which frame the 27 holes. The tightest tee shot on the East Course comes at one of the signature holes, the par-5 11th, where an avenue of pine trees forms a dauntingly narrow target. It’s not a long hole, so a brave, straight drive will reward the bold player. The approach shot is played uphill to a raised green. Designer Peter Matkovich cleverly had holes 1-9 finish with a par 3; holes 10-18 with a short par 4; and holes 19-27 with a long par 5.

Practice Facility

An excellent long range with numerous grass bays, close to all the starting tees. Short game area next to the clubhouse, and putting green in front.

Accommodation

There are two guest houses adjoining the clubhouse.

Did You Know

1/ The club hosted the SA Amateur in 2014 for the first time in its history, with Thriston Lawrence victorious.

2/ The Walker Bay Classic is the biggest club event, on a Saturday in November and attracting a field of 320. This year will be the 38th.

3/ Keeping a brisk pace of play is important at Hermanus during the season, and six marshalls are on duty every day to ensure the field keeps moving.

4/ The pro shop recently became part of The Pro Shop brand, offering similar prices to their retail stores around the country.

Club Champions

Liam Cloete & Lynne Behagg

Course Record

66, Jovan Rebula, Daniel Young, 2014 SA Amateur;
Marco Steyn, 2015 Boland Open

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Course Reviews
Hermanus is one of my favourite places to play; set in a beautiful environment, with great routing, green and bunker complexes. The prevailing sea breeze challenges the ball in the air, and undulations challenge it on the ground. My only gripe was to find the course wet underfoot in summer, often squelchy. The fairways are magnificent and lush, but thatchy in places. This is a lovely parkland course, and would be so much better playing hard. The extra nine is useful if you need just a “wee bit more.”
Hamish Houston
20 March 2020
One gets the impression that holes 19 to 27 are not as well maintained as the rest.
Anton Bezuidenhout
26 February 2020
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I have never seen this course looking so good from tee to green. Fairways cut short and offer some run. A must play. Well done Hermanus.
Henry Trevena
26 February 2020
Hermanus is 120km from Cape Town and has its own micro-climate. While the Cape Town courses are drying up in the mid-summer heat and wind, Hermanus has had good January rains and their 27 holes are lush and green, in excellent condition. The club is busy, and visitors love the twilight green fee rate of R210 starting at 16h30.
Stuart McLean
09 February 2020
The East layout is recognised as the championship 18, but my favourite 9 is 19 to 27. Don't be fooled into thinking this is less challenging or fun than 1 to 18. I like it because of the interesting variety of holes, and it's a fairer test with conventional greens. No 22 is my favourite par 5 at Hermanus. It has an elevated two-tier green guarded on two sides by water. No 27 is a big par 5 from the back tee, yet a wide fairway encourages golfers to launch their driver.
Thomas Souness
28 January 2020
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