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Port Elizabeth Golf Club

Port Elizabeth - Eastern Cape

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General manager: Gavin Chowles
Operations manager: Justin Smith
Head pro: Graeme Whale
Greenkeeper: Pierre Moolman
Club captain: Andre Heunis
Chairman: Craig Risseeuw

COURSE SUMMARY

Three tees / Par 72

White 6029 metres, CR72.7/129
Blue 5557 metres, CR69.5/122
Red 5267 metres, CR68.8/121
Women’s blue, CR75.6/131
Women’s red, CR74.7/129

Visitor Green Fee

R350 affiliated
R400 non-affiliated

Course designer

Jimmy Johnston 1902,
Bob Grimsdell 1952,
Golfscape 2001

Contact

041 374 3140
www.pegc.co.za

One of South Africa’s oldest clubs, founded in 1890, boasting a parkland layout in the heart of the city, known affectionately as The Hill. It has been the scene of many championships over the years, including the PEGC centenary SA Amateur in 1990 won by Retief Goosen.

Golf has been played at this Mill Park venue since November 1902, and in 1917 the course fairways welcomed the first aircraft to land in Port Elizabeth. The pilot had flown from Cape Town and he came to an abrupt halt in a bunker. The wooden propeller from the plane hangs in the clubhouse. In the 1980s this was one of the busiest courses in the country, doing over 50 000 rounds a year, but golf in Port Elizabeth has seen a downturn in recent years, with Walmer Country Club closing its doors in 2019.

The Hill underwent a major upgrade by Danie Obermeyer and Philip Basson (Golfscape) in 2001/2. The greens were rebuilt and contoured, modern bunkering introduced, and two new holes built to replace the old par-3 fourth and par-5 fifth, reducing the par from 73 to 72.

In 2004 the club hosted the SA Boys Championship, and Anton Haig won the strokeplay with a level par total of 288. The course remains a strong test of golf today, particularly when the wind is up.

PEGC has an excellent back nine, and the finishing stretch of holes is a varied one, a strong dogleg right par 4 at 15, short par 4 at 16, water hazard par 3 at 17, and a dogleg left par 5 18th where eagles have often decided tournaments.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

62 by JP van der Watt in second round of PE Open on May 22, 2022. He won the title with 71-62.
Previously: 63 by Albert Venter in 2015 Eastern Province Open.

Club Champions

2022 Lumkile Mantshiyo & Zahn Scholtz
2021 Matthew Steiger & Zahn Scholtz
2020 Sean Lottering & Melissa Palmer
2019 Kyle de Beer & Melissa Palmer

Practice Facility

A 220-metre range adjoins the tenth hole at entrance to club and is open to the public. It is home to the Graeme Whale Golf Academy. Whale has been the head pro for 20 years. Range membership is available. There’s a short-game facility. Practice green and chipping green in front of clubhouse.

Did You Know

1/ The club website is offering attractive Play as you Go membership packages. This includes full membership with unlimited golf at R795 a month. Or R286 per month with one free round. The club has 700 members.

2/ The property is public land and the club welcomes considerate dog walkers. Trails have been set up for mountain bikes and runners with a trail fee of R20. The Candy Cycle Store operates a ‘trail house’ in the parking area.

3/ PEGC, at their original North End course, hosted four of the earliest SA men’s Amateur championships in the 1890s, and the first 72-hole SA Open in 1908, won by George Fotheringham. The Open was played on the current course in 1921 and 1926, both won by Jock Brews, and 1931 (Sid Brews). After that the Open went to Humewood, beginning in 1934. It held one of the exhibition matches between Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus in 1966.

 4/ PEGC has hosted 17 SA Amateur championships, 10 men’s and 7 women’s, although many of these were in the early years. Winners in more modern times were Trevor Lagerwey (1974), Retief Goosen (1990), Jackie Mercer (1979) and Wendy Warrington (1998). Kim Williams won the “double” of SA women’s strokeplay and matchplay titles in 2010. In recent years the club has hosted the 2015 SA men’s strokeplay and 2018 SA women’s strokeplay, both played at separate venues from the SA Amateur.

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The Hill, as PEGC is known to locals, is a fine members course, full of variety and balance in its design, and possessing some interesting and challenging greens complexes. You can see why it once ranked No 50 circa 2004-05. The club endured tough times but has been rejuvenated in recent years by a bigger membership and improved financial position. The refurbished clubhouse is excellent. PEGC has a subscription model where members pay R1 000 a month and enjoy unlimited golf. Doglegs are a feature; many holes bend left or right, usually around tall trees, or a large water hazard, as at the brilliant par-5 eighth. All the par 5s have character and teeth; No 18 is another classic, even though it's essentially a medium-to-long par 4 for the younger generation who can employ a tiger line. The 172m fifth (one of two new holes built 20 years ago) is one of the trickiest of par 3s, played from an elevated tee to a narrow green built into a slope. Quite an awkward target. The par-3 17th has water right of the green, and the prevailing westerly wind is left to right. There's a plan to increase the size of the hazard and beautify it.
Stuart McLean
14 June 2022
A little ropey around the greens, and the rough and fairways are quite bare due to the lack of rain. Layout very favourable to all players and greens are of a high quality.
Sandor Kovacs
06 January 2022
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Good layout but lack of water is the course's downfall. Fun and friendly course to challenge players of any handicap.
Sandor Kovacs
06 April 2021
The course is in great condition with the greens running well.
Gavin Chowles
12 February 2021
Course has improved dramatically since Port Elizabeth has had good rain.
Keith Simpson
19 December 2020
Centrally situated in PE, a much improved course under new management.
Gary de Bruin
10 December 2020
Good layout. Pity about the general lack of rain in the area. Greens are generally good and lots of design variety.
Sandor Kovacs
28 April 2020
The drought in the Eastern Cape is clearly noticeable here. Dry, hard fairways and little rough. The course is still playable and is an interesting layout.
Ivan Palframan
20 February 2020
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