Yellow 6277 metres, CR74.0/142
White 5873 metres, CR72.1/138
Blue 5436 metres, CR69.7/136
Red 4930 metres, CR67.3/120
Women’s blue, CR75.1/138
Women’s red, CR72.0/130
R250 S Cape affiliated
Danie Obermeyer 2007
Kingswood Golf Club is part of a popular residential estate in George; the modern course privately owned by general manager Liesel Niehaus and former club professional Mike Quinn. They bought it in 2017 from the estate developers, and introduced new categories of membership which cater for both the regular and the occasional golfer.
“We changed from an outsourced club to an in-house model where we run the golf operations, range, pro shop and restaurant,” said Niehaus, who has a marketing and business background.
Kingswood, adjoining Fancourt Links, is the youngest golf club in the Garden Route, opening in 2007 at the tail-end of the region’s golfing boom. With competitive green fees it is popular with foreign tourists.
The golf course is the pride and joy of local architect Danie Obermeyer, also the course superintendent for many years. He continues to consult for the club. Obermeyer’s greens complexes are magnificently creative designs, and the equal of any Garden Route layout in terms of conditioning with their pure and consistently quick surfaces.
The course covers undulating terrain, and most golfers drive carts to get around. There’s an interesting variety of holes, wide in places, narrow in others. The front nine with three par 5s offers birdie opportunities; the par 35 back nine is more challenging, particularly the closing stretch. A distinctive feature of the design is the steep-faced bunkering.
60 by Christo Lamprecht in 2020 Cape Province Open. He was out in 7-under 30 with 5 birdies and an eagle 2 at No 8. Home in 30 with 5 birdies. He won by 9 with a 26-under total of 262.
There is an adventurous and scenic stretch from 10 to 13. The 329-metre 10th plays steeply downhill before leaving a short uphill pitch to an elevated green; the 351m 11th has a wetland and bunkers to avoid off the tee; the tee shot on the 176m 12th needs to carry the wetland to a long narrow green; while the 297m 13th is an unusual hole with two options off the tee, a safe shot left with a longer approach, or a bold strike up a hill to get close to the green.
Spacious 250-metre long two-sided range next to the clubhouse, with a short-game area, open to public. Robert Wiederkehr, fluent in German, is the head teaching pro (firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings). Former European Tour player Roger Wessels also coaches. Kingswood pro shop has an experienced club fitter in Clifford Howes.
Aidan Boon & Sylken November
1/ Kingswood does not have a halfway house. Instead there are two “quarter-houses” on the sixth and 14th tees for golfers to grab refreshments and stop briefly. The home-made pies are scrumptious.
2/ It is one of four Top 100 courses which finish with a par-3 18th – others are Beachwood and Umhlali in KZN, Katberg in the East Cape.
3/ Kingswood won the 2018 John Collier Survey award for good governance and environmental compliance, the first to be presented to a club in the Southern Cape Golf Union.
4/ Several top amateur tournaments have been hosted by Kingswood, notably the 2013 Ten Nations Cup and 2017 SA Strokeplay Championship.
5/ The KeNako Golf & Sports Academy is next door, and their students utilise the range. The director of golf is Roger Wessels, former SA PGA champion and European Tour player.
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