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Knysna Golf Club

Knysna - Garden Route

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Managing director: Quinten Webster
Golf director: Chris Dixon
Greenkeeper: Tienie Terblans
Club captain: Kevin Horack
President: John Edwards

Course Summary

Three tees / Par 72

White 5752 metres, CR70.9/134
Blue 5351 metres, CR69.0/128
Red 4928 metres, CR66.6/124
Women’s blue, CR75.1/132
Women’s red, CR72.4/126

Visitor green fee

Affiliated R420;
non-affiliated R520

Course designer

Unknown 1951,
Phillip Basson 1997

Contact

044 384 1150
www.knysnagolfclub.com

Knysna is among the most popular courses in the Garden Route, a short but challenging parkland layout on a scenic site adjacent to the Knysna Lagoon. It provides a gentle contrast and fun experience compared to Knysna’s two spectacular resort layouts, Pezula and Simola. And its overall conditioning is often the equal of those two, with magnificent modern greens complexes.

The course is continually undergoing improvements to the design, notably the bunkering, thanks to the fact that one of its members, Sean Quinn, is among South Africa’s leading course architects. He currently works overseas for Jack Nicklaus, but Knysna is his home.

Knysna’s layout, with many holes framed by tall trees, is unique in having shallow saltwater tidal pools and channels as hazards which add to the course’s character and beauty. The 371-metre sixth has a daunting tee shot played to a fairway guarded on both sides by water.

What stands out is the superbly balanced variety of different holes, continually shifting direction. There is no monotony here. Some holes are generously wide, others perilously narrow, and they usually play longer than the card suggests. The par 5s and par 3s are particularly excellent, with the 175-metre 12th a fierce test on a windy day, its green surrounded on three sides by water.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

62 by Nic Mitchell in 2016 Knysna Open.

Feature Holes

The front nine ends with three fine holes which epitomise the variety of the challenge on offer. The seventh is a fabulous risk-reward short par 4 where the angled and well-bunkered green is an enticing target off the tee for long hitters; the eighth a scary par 3 with an island green; and the par-5 ninth cuts through the wetlands to a wide, shallow green.

Practice Facility

There’s a spacious short-game area between the clubhouse and tenth tee.

Club Champions

2019 Johan Greeff & Lizzy Lightley.
2020 Johan Greeff/Doug Griffin & Lizzy Lightley.

TOURNAMENTS

Knysna has been a regular host of the Southern Cape Open for the country’s top amateurs. The 2019 event saw Jordan Duminy beat fellow Pinnacle Point member Christo Lamprecht in a playoff after they had tied on 18-under 270. Christiaan Burke had the low round of 63.

Did You Know

1/ The stylish modern clubhouse rose from the ashes of the previous building, which was gutted by a fire in 2010, a year after the club centenary. The entire clubhouse and its contents, including trophies and memorabilia, were destroyed within an hour. Just 15 months later, in April 2011, the new clubhouse was opened.

2/ Branden Grace shot 59 in a social round in September 2015 (the card is framed in the clubhouse); he grew up at Buffels Bay nearby, and his coach Peter Berman is based in Knysna.

3/ The club has 922 members, and is busy in the summer when the “swallows” from the northern hemisphere return to their holiday homes.

4/ The course is low-lying and used to be prone to periodic flooding from the high water table of the Knysna Lagoon. In 1996-97 the greens were raised to protect them, and replanted with bent grass.

5/ Knysna has had three courses in its history, and the current one at Hunters Home began as a 9-holer in 1951. The second nine was over the road on Leisure Isle where there was a 19th hole at the hotel. This was a semi-links and a favourite of Bobby Locke. He and Peter Thomson played an exhibition match at Knysna in the mid-1950s.

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Course Reviews
I was pleasantly surprised with this course. Good vibe in the clubhouse and a welcoming club. Course has a nice look and feel to it. Very playable even in the wind.
Sandor Kovacs
28 April 2020
A firm favourite. Flat but well laid out to make it a challenge.
Steve Tredoux
27 March 2020
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This under-rated course offers outstanding playability for all levels of golfers. Brilliant greens, lovely trees and surroundings, and a good course to walk and play. The clubhouse is friendly, with good food and service, making this a great place to visit.
Ivan Palframan
19 February 2020
The old member golf clubs in the Garden Route really compete well with the new resort and estate experiences in the region. Knysna GC is a fine example. It might not have the wow factor of neighbours Pezula and Simola, yet the overall experience here is still outstanding. It will appeal to golfers who prefer an old-fashioned easy-to-play layout, and it's the only course in Knysna where you can walk 18 holes.
Stuart McLean
10 February 2020
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