Yellow 5975 metres, CR 72.4/130
White 5623 metres, CR 70.7/124
Red 5111 metres, CR 67.8/119
Women’s white, CR 76.7/137
Women’s red, CR 73.6/123
R285 special Mon/Tues
Archie Tosh 1925,
Mark Muller (Golf Data) 1997
021 552 3108
The clubhouse at Milnerton occupies a dramatic site on the edge of a white sandy beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Table Mountain and the Cape Town skyline form an impressive backdrop. The main lounge and bar has the best view. Sunsets here are amazing.
The links-style golf course runs out-and-back on a narrow strip of land between the ocean and an inland waterway, with six holes bordering the beach, so close at times that a wayward tee shot can end up heading for the surf. The beach used to be in play, but is now an environmentally sensitive area.
Golf has been played here for 94 years, but the original layout underwent a dramatic change in the mid-1990s when part of the property became a residential housing estate. A new course was built by Golf Data, although several of the older holes near the clubhouse were retained. When you tee off at the first it looks like pristine links land, but the estate soon hoves into view at the fourth. However, there’s only ever houses on one side of any fairway, so the course still has a natural and spacious feel, with indigenous vegetation, wetlands, and a number of water hazards on the inland holes.
The course goes straight out for 9 holes, where there is a halfway house, and golfers can drive there by car or golf cart so that there are always two starting tees. It’s a breezy coastline, particularly in summer; depending on the season, the one nine is downwind and the other nine into the wind.
For social rounds, Milnerton is shortened to par 71, with the par-5 sixth reduced to a short par 4.
66 by Darren Devlin, Luca Filippi, Roy Wynton & Robbie Oosthuizen.
The holes along the shoreline are the most memorable. The 306-metre second plays from a tee on the dunes, with a cluster of deep bunkers to be avoided on the right. Returning home, the par-3 11th reveals views of Table Mountain, and the 380m 12th with the beach on the right is one of the most memorable holes. The closing holes, starting with the 304m 16th, adjoin the lagoon and wetlands. The 373m 18th is one of the best par 4s in the Cape Peninsula, water closely flanking the left from tee to green.
Short-game area and practice putting green next to first tee. Range adjoining third hole reserved for members and day guests.
Adrian Ford & Vanessa Smith
1/ Milnerton is on sandy soil and its excellent drainage means that it is a popular venue for golfers during the wet Cape winter.
2/ The course has remarkably good and slick bent grass greens considering how close it is to the ocean.
3/ Milnerton hosted six SA Masters from 1978 to 1985. Winners were Dale Hayes, Gary Player, Nick Price, Mark McNulty (2) and Tony Johnstone.
4/ Golf began at Milnerton in 1913, but stopped during the First World War, only resuming in 1925.
5/ Wilco Nienaber shot 62 in the 2018 Western Province Championships, but the sixth was played as a short par 4 and it did not count as a course record.
6/ The club’s honours boards are well displayed in the clubhouse, and show outstanding achievements in recent years by international representatives such as Cameron Johnston, Luca Filippi and Cara Gorlei, who won the 2017 SA Women’s Amateur.
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