Yellow 6393 metres, CR 73.7/136
White 6048 metres, CR 72.2/129
Blue 5507 metres, CR 69.4/124
Red 5126 metres, CR 67.4/120
Women’s blue, CR75.4/131
Women’s red, CR72.6/125
Ken Elkin 1953
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It’s easy to see why Stellenbosch is one of the most popular courses in the Western Cape for foreign tourists every summer. An attractive parkland layout in the heart of the beautiful Cape Winelands region, this efficiently run club offers a welcoming experience for visitors, and it pulsates with activity throughout the summer. Recording more than 50 000 rounds a year – half of those by visitors – it ranks as one of the busiest clubs in South Africa.
The multi-storey clubhouse, with its outside deck, has a panoramic view of the golf course and the surrounding mountain range. With an excellent kitchen, where better to lunch after a morning round, or sip a sundowner if you play in the afternoon. And there’s a magnificent practice range facility for those who want to warm up beforehand or work on their game. Yes, the value of the all-round package is hard to beat.
The layout at Stellenbosch is both highly challenging from the back tees – not long ago this was a par 74 – and very playable from the others. The first nine begins with six strong tree-lined holes, five lengthy par 4s and a 519-metre par 5. The club has planted more than 500 new trees in the last nine years to maintain the parkland look.
Twenty years ago it played host to the SA Open on the European Tour, and a stellar cast of top professionals found it a handful, with home town boy David Frost winning on five-under-par 279.
Golf has been played on the gently sloping terrain of this site since the 1950s. New greens were laid in 2004, creating more options for pin positions, to celebrate the club centenary. Stellenbosch GC was founded in 1904, making it the fourth oldest golf club in the Cape.
63 by Jean-Paul Strydom in 2019 Vodacom Origins.
Stellenbosch has some distinctive holes, notably the 433-metre par-4 sixth where the approach shot must carry the corner of a neighbouring vineyard to reach an elevated green. This is followed by a 139-metre par 3 played steeply downhill to a large green, with views of the university town. The 14th is a wonderful uphill par 5, where the second shot must be kept to the right in order to open up a green hidden away behind large trees.
Protea Hotel Stellenbosch and De Zalze Lodge.
World Amateur Team Championship 2006,
SA Open 1999 (David Frost),
Five SA Masters (Mark McNulty 86, David Frost 87, John Bland 88, Hugh Baiocchi 89, Fulton Allem 90)
Outstanding facility close to clubhouse open to public with grass bays, plus a Titleist club-fitting academy. Head PGA pro is Erich Kliem (email@example.com). Teaching programmes for juniors and beginners.
1/ Golf director Louis Destroo, who has had a long career at Stellenbosch, is the current chairman of the PGA of SA. He won the 2017 PGA Professional of the Year award, and was Club Pro of the Year in 2012.
2/ The clubhouse is a conference venue, for groups of between 20 and 80. See the club website for packages. The club offers a car wash facility.
3/ Mark Muller rebuilt all 18 greens complexes before the club’s centenary in 2004.
4/ David Frost, who won the only SA Open played at Stellenbosch in 1999, caddied at the club as a youngster for his father Donnie.
5/ Justin Harding, who rose to the top 50 of the World Ranking in 2019, won the 2009 club championship.
6/ Former Western Province and Boland golfer Dewald Botha won the club championship 11 times in 20 years between 1983 and 2003, including seven in a row from 1983 to 1989.
7/ The other Stellenbosch course, De Zalze, is three kilometres away.
Meyer Pauw & Crystal Beukes
What a great 19th hole to end a round! Magnificent outside decks high up in the clubhouse overlooking the course with good service and excellent food, specially from the pizza oven. The overall experience at Stellenbosch is superb, and no wonder there are so many visitors wanting to play at this beautiful venue.
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