Mossel Bay Golf Club

Mossel Bay - Garden Route

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General manager: Graeme Viljoen
Greenkeeper: Gavin Coleman
Club captain: Michal Rehr
President: Martin Smith
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 62.9 out of 100
Conditioning11.8 / 20
Playability12.4 / 20
Aesthetics11.3 / 15
Design Variety10.0 / 15
Shot Values8.4 / 15
Memorability9.0 / 15

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

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

Visitor green fee

Affiliated R450
Non-affiliated R535

Course designer

Bob Grimsdell 1961,
Danie Obermeyer 1999


044 691 2379

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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.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

64 by Jordan Duminy in 2018 club champs.

Feature Holes

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.

Practice Facility

Long and spacious range next to clubhouse, with short-game area. Resident teaching pro is Ben du Toit.

Did You Know

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.

Club Champions

2020 Chris van den Berg & Simone Ferreira
2019 Martin Vorster & Ilze Nel

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Golfers who under-rate this relatively short course do so at their peril. Mossel Bay has some of the most challenging greens complexes in South Africa, which only reward accurate approaches and a good touch on and around the greens. On a Garden Route tour of five courses our group found this the trickiest to play in terms of scoring. If ever invited to Augusta National I would play a few rounds at Mossel Bay beforehand when the greens are at their quickest to get a feel of what I could expect at Augusta. The slopes here mean that you cannot expect to put your ball anywhere on the green and expect to two-putt. And some greens are extreme, notably those on the uphill par-5 fifth, the testing long par-4 14th, and uphill short par-4 16th. It's all part of the character of an enjoyably different experience.
Stuart McLean
01 June 2021
The course is now in great condition. The new greenkeeper has shown that knowledge and hard work can keep Mossel Bay in the Top 100.
Andre Du Plessis
21 January 2021
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The course is in beautiful condition, playing longer than it looks. Don't miss the fairways, as the rough is very thick.
Ricus Serfontein
30 October 2020
Unfortunately this is the wrong time of year to play Mossel Bay as they recently did their spring treatment. The greens were slow and unpleasant to putt on. Fortunately the magnificent scenery compensated for this disappointment, plus the sight of whales breaching in the Indian Ocean.
Henry Trevena
25 October 2020
Catch Mossel Bay on a beautiful day, as I did, and it is a fabulous experience, overlooking as it does the Indian Ocean. From start to finish it's an undulating layout, most of the inclinations gentle, but there are a couple of steep climbs, notably up the short par-4 16th, where you are left with a pitch to a hidden green high above you. Longer hitters can drive the green. Quirky holes like this one are a feature of Mossel Bay, and makes it a fun outing for everyone. The 17th is a terrific downhill par-5, with a sting in the tale, as the approach shot is a tricky one, slightly uphill to a narrow and well-guarded green.
Stuart McLean
23 October 2020
A quaint very playable course that can bare its teeth in the wind. Fantastic layout with awesome character.
Sandor Kovacs
22 April 2020
The Mossel Bay greens are in the best condition they have been for several years. They look perfect and putt superbly. I see they have a new greenkeeper following problems in 2019 which resulted in several fairways being wiped out. The fairways now have plenty of grass again. Mossel Bay is one of the unsung gems of the Garden Route, a good value outing.
Thomas Souness
04 March 2020
Conditioning has been a problem, with large bare patches all over the course. The situation is being addressed, but may be some time before it gets back to its best. Still a fun course to play with beautiful sea views.
Ivan Palframan
19 February 2020
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