Yellow 6434 metres, CR74.5/130
White 5844 metres, CR71.2/124
Blue 5282 metres, CR68.5/116
Red 4873 metres, CR66.2/111
Women’s white, CR77.7/130
Women’s blue, CR74.0/126
Women’s red, CR71.5/120
Peter Matkovich 2006
028 312 1954
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.
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.
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.
There are two guest houses adjoining the clubhouse.
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, the club’s biggest event, played in November for the last 38 years with a field of 320, was initially cancelled in 2020 due to Covid restrictions, but then reinstated at short notice as the Covid Classic and proved a success.
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.
2021 Adrian Kuiper & Nicola Streicher
2020: Adrian Kuiper & Lynne Behagg
2019: Liam Cloete & Lynne Behagg
66, Jovan Rebula, Daniel Young, 2014 SA Amateur;
Marco Steyn, 2015 Boland Open
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."
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