Western Cape Top 24
Strand - Western Cape
General manager: Werner van Rooyen
Head pro: Helena Buitendag
Greenkeeper: Casper Mostert (STM)
Club captain: Peter Johnson
Chairman: Geoff Bayman
Three tees / Par 72
Yellow 5960 metres, CR72.5/130
White 5557 metres, CR70.4/126
Red 5034 metres, CR68.1/120
Women’s white, CR76.3/134
Women/s red, CR72.9/128
Visitor Green Fee
Affiliated R335, non-affiliated R580
Golf Data 1994
021 854 3309
This modern-looking course replaced the club’s original layout on the dunes of the False Bay shoreline. It’s close to the Strand beachfront, but without any sea views. Although built on a flat, inland site, it’s an interesting and challenging parkland design, with a strong par-5 18th in front of the clubhouse. A large water hazard guards the right hand side of the fairway and another the front of an undulating raised green.
The tree-lined front nine has an unusual variety of different holes, dogleg par-5s, driveable par-4s and testing par-3s, while seven holes on the back nine are played on the other side of a highway, reached by a tunnel after playing the tenth. Renowned for good quality greens.
Additional Course Facts
63 by Francois Olivier 2007;
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 2013 WP Champs
2020 Elmo Barnard & Tania Jacobson
2019 Elmo Barnard & Erna Truter
Range close to clubhouse is open to the public, and offers membership packages.
Did You Know
1/ Strand was the site in 2004 of Ashleigh Simon’s historic first SA Women’s Strokeplay and Matchplay double at age 14. She remains the youngest winner of the national titles. It is a regular tournament venue for amateurs, and Christiaan Bezuidenhout won the Western Province strokeplay and matchplay double in 2013. He had a 63 in the third round, and beat Haydn Porteous in a playoff.
2/ PGA pro Francois van den Bos has been the club professional since the new course opened 25 years ago.
3/ Parts of the old Strand course now form part of the mini 9-hole Fairview estate course near Gordon’s Bay.
4/ Strand might be the only golf course in the country with a Putt-Putt facility.
Course and Facilities Rating
What a wonderful surprise at Strand to find beautiful manicured gardens and neat surroundings in front of the clubhouse. The course has seen a remarkable turnaround since my last visit. Thanks to recent rain the water flowing in the river is clean and without odour. Strong winds have felled a number of trees, so the second hole is more open on the right side. The bunker sand is a good texture and consistent, the tees in good shape, the greens look hollow-tined and are soft after being flooded by rain. However, not bad for putting. Most of the reeds in the water hazards have been removed and the water clear improving the aesthetics. The course is neat and tidy, the presentation excellent.
07 July 2022
Strand clubhouse and surroundings have well maintained gardens and the initial appearance is good. However, while the design is good this is a grossly overwatered course. Greens are soggy. Approach shots leave a deep pitch mark. They are also slow (8/9 on the stimp) and bumpy, not true for putting. Bunkers need attention as there is a lack of sand. The kikuyu fairways are well grassed yet wet in patches from overwatering. The rough is dry and hard, normal for this time of year. Improvements can be seen in the dams right of the fifth green and in front of 18th green where reeds have been removed. Overall disappointing.
26 January 2022
A course with two quite distinct nines, comprising some holes with designs compromised by space limitations and existing vegetation.
30 April 2021
A pleasure playing at Strand from the moment of being greeted in the pro shop. The putting green is surrounded by neat landscaped gardens. The course is well manicured and the attention to detail is good given the strong summer winds. The kikuyu fairways are well matted and there's no need for placing, the rough is sparse, and the bunkers consistent. The greens are firm yet hold good shots, and are running at 10 on the stimp. I enjoyed a quality pizza from the club's pizza oven.
14 January 2021
Lots of water hazards which requires your full attention at all times. Very tough if the wind blows.
08 April 2020
This is a good layout, but very exposed to strong south-easterly winds which can make a round a real challenge. The greens are consistently good and Strand can be proud of maintaining that standard.
Willem van der Merwe
12 February 2020
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