Yellow 5848 metres, CR71.8/130
White 5538 metres, CR70.1/126
Blue 5073 metres, CR67.5/117
Red 4721 metres, CR65.6/116
Women’s blue, CR73.2/129
Women’s red, CR71.2/123
Bob Grimsdell 1961,
Danie Obermeyer 1999
044 691 2379
The linksy Mossel Bay course straddles the Cape St Blaize Peninsula, five kilometres from the lighthouse at the point, and from its high position it has glorious views over the Indian Ocean. The club’s slogan for many years has been “You can see the sea from every tee.”
At the turn of the millennium the nearest golf courses were in George, but Mossel Bay now has company on the peninsula with Pinnacle Point just eight kilometres away. They make a compatible pairing for visitors to the town.
The old Bob Grimsdell layout was upgraded in 1999 as part of the development of The Mossel Bay Golf Estate inside and surrounding the property. A new clubhouse was built – currently being extended – and the status of the smallish club was transformed overnight, with an increased membership and more rounds.
It remains a relatively short par 72 layout – three par 4s of 300 metres and less – yet the greens have challenging contours, the terrain is undulating, and the course is exposed to breezes off the sea.
Mossel Bay was the home club of Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, who grew up as a boy at nearby Albertinia, where he learned to play on the sand greens of the local 9-holer. As a rookie professional, on December 12, 2002 at age 20 he had a dream round of 15-under-par 57 at Mossel Bay with two eagles and 11 birdies. He was out in 29 and back in 28. He finished with a chip-in for an eagle three at 17 and birdie three at 18. He had 11 threes and two 2s on his card.
64 by Jordan Duminy in 2018 club champs.
Mossel Bay is a comfortable walk and generously wide fairways make it very playable in the roughest of conditions. The front nine has two strong par 4s, the beautiful third played from a high tee towards the ocean, and the ninth, over the crest of a ridge between two bunkers down to a narrow green. The back nine has an interesting variety of holes to finish, a par 3 at 15, uphill short par 4 at 16, followed by possibly the best hole on the course, the downhill par-5 17th with a raised green on a diagonal that is tricky to hold.
Guest houses on the estate; contact golf club reception for information.
Long and spacious range next to clubhouse, with short-game area. Resident teaching pro is Ben du Toit.
1/ Mossel Bay has one of the world’s mildest climates, said to be the second best in the world behind Hawaii for sunshine (average of 320 days) and low rainfall. The bay is where the Portuguese explorer Bartolumeu Dias put ashore in 1488, the first Europeans to land on SA soil.
2/ The club’s centenary year in 2005 was at the height of the region’s golfing boom. That year the club had more than a thousand members and 45 000 rounds of golf were played. It remains a busy course today.
3/ Louis Oosthuizen’s 57 at Mossel Bay in 2002 inspired him to brand his business interests as Louis57, and the Route57 restaurant in Mossel Bay specialises in SA cuisine, including the King Louis Burger.
4/ Mossel Bay is home to three of the country’s top male amateurs – Martin Vorster, Jordan Duminy and Christo Lamprecht, who won the SA Amateur in 2017. Duminy was runner-up in the 2019 SA Amateur.
5/ The clubhouse has had extensive renovations this year, doubling the size of the upstairs lounge and bar.
2020 Chris van den Berg & Simone Ferreira
2019 Martin Vorster & Ilze Nel
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