The Belmont

Grahamstown - Eastern Cape

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Manager: Deon van Deventer
Club captain: Graham Hains
President: Allen James
Greenkeeper: Angus McRae

Course Summary

Three tees / Par 72

White 5719 metres, CR71.0/138
Blue 5301 metres, CR68.2/130
Red 4771 metres, CR66.4/127
Women’s blue, CR73.8/140
Women’s red, CR71.5/135

Visitor green fee

R305 affiliated
Golf carts R310
Course closed on Mondays

Course designer

Tyrone Yates, 2015


079 637 8153

The Belmont GC is the newest Eastern Cape golf course, a scenic rural 18 holes built in the fertile Belmont Valley about 10 kilometres south of Makhanda (Grahamstown), close to the Port Alfred road, from which the course can be viewed from a great height. It was opened in October 2015.

The Belmont replaces the original Grahamstown Golf Club, one of the oldest in South Africa, founded in 1891. The new course is the fifth to have been used in the city. The longest serving was the one opened in 1932 and closed in 2015. In 2007 negotiations began between the GGC and developers to do a land swap and turn the golf course into a commercial site. That deal was signed in 2014.

Tyrone Yates, son of long-serving PGA of SA member Roy Yates, designed both an interesting and practical bushveld type course. It’s a full 18, yet it could be condensed into a 12-holer if the need ever arose. The Belmont is located in a narrow agricultural valley and the terrain is undulating as can be expected with numerous elevation changes. Yates’ routing includes five par 5s, five par 3s and eight par 4s, six of them shorter than 350 metres.

The opening hole, an adventurous 438-metre par 5, swoops steeply downhill to a green at the lowest point of the property. You then cross over the dirt road which runs through the valley to six holes on a separate hillside to the clubhouse. These are the holes that could be sidelined if there were just 12 holes. However, these six holes do constitute some of the more challenging and longest on the layout, particularly the uphill par-3 fifth (217m), the long par-4 sixth (427m), and the unusual par-5 seventh (484m). The first nine has a par of 37 and is 365 metres longer than the back nine.

The Belmont’s five par 3s are an interesting mix, and holes-in-one have been common, more than 70 of them from 2016 to 2023. They include a quirky downhill par 3 of 111 metres at the 11th, almost a vertical drop to a severely undulating green wedged between a hillside and a stream. The eighth with its water hazard is one of the Eastern Cape’s most beautiful par 3s, while No 16 is another played from a high tee to a green in the lower valley.

Yates was creative with his greens complexes, and the sloping surfaces present a strong defence, as does the indigenous bush bordering many holes (the men’s Slope is 138 off the back), on what is a short course of 5 719 metres. The 14th (335m) is a proper risk-reward short par 4 with a stream crossing the fairway about 120 metres short of an astounding green with a precipitous slope in the middle. The par-5 18th green is another with undulations that can see a golf ball fall off the front and back down a slope.

The two-storey clubhouse has beautiful vistas over the course, and overlooks three greens, Nos 9, 15 and 18. Behind the clubhouse there’s a short climb up the hillside to an elevated tee for the daunting par-5 tenth where the tee shot has to carry a bushy ravine. The par 5s are short enough to present birdie opportunities for long drives that can find the fairways.

Additional Course Facts

Practice Facility

Limited range below clubhouse. Balls are hit down and across the ninth fairway.


St Aidan’s Guest Cottage for large group bookings. The Cockhouse is the closest to the course.

Club Champions

2022 Steven Gornall & Anna Taggart
2021 Steven Gornall & Daphne Bowker
2020 Scott Jackson & Jess Gornall
2019 Steven Gornall & Jess Gornall*
*Husband and wife

Course Record

62 by Daniel Gouws & Luke Jerling in 2016


An unusual trophy has been contested annually since 1967 between the women members of Grahamstown (now The Belmont) and Royal Port Alfred. It’s a framed painting by R Coates, and the winning club each year gets to hang it in their clubhouse.

Did You Know

1/ Makhanda (Grahamstown) was founded in 1812 as a military outpost after the Fourth Xhosa War to secure the eastern frontier of the Cape Colony. The area is still known as Frontier Country in tourist brochures. The arrival of the 1820 Settlers saw it grow into the second-largest city in the Cape Province up until 1930, with a cathedral, high court and university. The city is home to several long established educational institutions, including Rhodes University and private schools, the oldest of which is St Andrew’s College (1855).

2/ The city is home to the National Arts Festival held in the last week of June and first week of July each year. It is the largest arts festival in Africa and one of the largest performing arts festivals in the world by visitor numbers.

3/ A narrow gauge railway line used to run through the Belmont Valley, from Grahamstown to Port Alfred, and the tracks are visible alongside the 14th tee. This 335m par 4 has had a hole-in-one by club member Gary Botha.

4/ There are a number of game reserves in the area. Royal Port Alfred is the nearest Top 100 course, 52 kilometres away via the R67.

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Course Reviews
Gem of a course tucked against a mountainside which is a joy to play. The greenkeeping staff do a stellar job of maintaining a course that receives little rainfall. Greens always in great nick.
Sandor Kovacs
01 February 2024
This is an absolute hidden gem every golfer should put firmly at the top of their bucket list. Mind-boggling greens combined with achingly beautiful scenery and challenging tees ensure that every time you address the ball you have a new challenge open up. Not for the faint of heart and be sure to take plenty of balls as it is tight.
John Buckley
10 January 2024
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The slopes on many of the greens are excessive and they do detract from the enjoyment of playing the course, particularly for visitors who are there for the first time. In general, though, an interesting layout with a mixture of good holes and weak holes.
Jaco Ackermann
04 January 2024
This exciting course with five par 5s and five par 3s is a gem and currently in excellent condition. They call it the home of the hole-in-one they have had so many. You need to hit straight and know how to read the greens. Friendly and helpful staff.
Hein Lambrechts
12 December 2023
The Belmont's greens are a picture at this time of year and running beautifully true. The quirkiness of the greens is a feature of this picturesque country layout, and they vary individually from hole to hole. An absolutely unique green is that at No 14, perhaps the only one of its kind in SA. It's large and has a steep slope running off a raised section of green on the right. Initially I was sceptical about its playability, yet over time I've come to accept this is all part of the character of a most interesting layout (by Tyrone Yates) defined by the shaping and size of its greens. You have to be pinpoint with your approach shots, or excellent with the flat stick. Another green with an even steeper slope to it is at the short pulpit par 3 11th. One green where the slope has been levelled out though is at the par-3 eighth. Balls hitting the front were spinning back off the green towards the river that crosses the hole.
Stuart McLean
07 November 2023
Awesome, picturesque course. What The Belmont have been able to do with a minimal budget is astounding. Friendly staff, course green all year round. Short, but tough.
Riaan Olivier
19 June 2023
Excellent and challenging course in exceptionally beautiful location. Great facilities.
Jannie van Tonder
18 April 2023
The Eastern Cape has wonderfully quirky courses and The Belmont is in that bracket alongside Royal Port Alfred, West Bank and Olivewood. Being modern in its design it has some "interesting" slopes on its greens (a few will have you yelling in frustration), yet let's not forget that's part of the challenge here; most of the holes are on the short side. Definitely one of those courses that requires a few rounds to appreciate and begin to love. It is built on a beautiful, rugged and hilly bushveld site -- there are a number of thrilling tee shots to enjoy -- and few courses are so undisturbed by today's busy world. No houses, just a quiet rural dirt road passing by through farmland. The club has started planting pecan trees around the course to eventually gather the crop as a source of income. The greens are in top condition, and the clubhouse is warm and welcoming.
Stuart McLean
31 March 2023
My wife and I were surprised by this charming gem in remote countryside. In perfect condition, and we had a wonderful day thanks to the helpful management.
17 March 2023
Course is in great condition. A pity there are not enough carts as the course is tough to walk.
Jade Richards
27 February 2023
Well maintained course with good caddies and working carts.
Marcelle Ainslie
07 February 2023
A gem in the Belmont valley. Beautiful scenery, superb (challenging) greens and welcoming club atmosphere.
Kirstin Wilmot
31 January 2023
A pleasant experience with great greens.
John Williamson
31 January 2023
Great course in superb condition. Greens the best I've played in Eastern Cape.
Gareth shaw
31 January 2023
Challenging course with an excellent clubhouse atmosphere.
Cameron Braans
31 December 2022
Such an under-rated course. Truly a treat each time I play. Great layout, and the condition never fails to impress me. Having five par 3s and 5 par 5s make it a different setup to most courses. Opportunities for low scores if you keep it straight.
Sandor Kovacs
29 December 2022
Good course, challenging holes and narrow fairways. Greens are immaculate, considering the small maintenance team.
Sikhokele Blom
20 December 2022
Magnificent trees, a river, abundant bird life, friendly staff and an overall feel of being welcome. I enjoy the trickiness of the short par 3s and like the fact you have to plan your shots and think your way around the course. Definitely don't need driver to get through a round.
Dave Duncan
24 November 2022

After many years I returned to try my hand at golf at the Belmont. It has been a difficult but rewarding exercise. The course is beautiful yet challenging.

Johan Froneman
22 November 2022
A tight, challenging course with brilliant greens.
Mark Paul
22 November 2022
Challenging, attractive, interesting course with amazing bird life. Not busy.
Roger walsh
20 November 2022
What a gem. If only more people knew about this course. Among the best greens in the Eastern Cape.
Wayne Tammadge
20 November 2022
Interesting course in good condition. Greens are magnificent.
Morne Herselman
19 November 2022
The Belmont greens are magnificent. I love that I can be positive and attack the pin as the ball sticks so nicely! The course can be tricky the first time playing it, but it is those "tricks" that keep you coming back for more, eager to conquer the course.
19 November 2022
Lovely course with outstanding service in the clubhouse. Greens in good condition.
Andrew Loizou
04 March 2022
A beautiful, interesting and challenging course. Scenic surroundings (great countryside). Friendly manager and staff. The greens are challenging, but well designed and running true.
John Lubbe
04 March 2022
Scenic layout with superb greens. You need to play it a couple of times before feeling comfortable.
Warren Henry
27 February 2022
Some tricky holes makes this a challenging course, but one that should be on everyone’s bucket list. The clubhouse has the most amazing view.
Monica Strydom
27 February 2022
Fantastic course. Short but tough, with tight fairways and thick Eastern Cape thorn bush surrounding the course. You need to think about each shot as it is a shot-maker's course. The greens are the highlight, fast and true with undulations and multiple tiers. You can easily putt balls off the greens.
Jason Wilmans
27 February 2022
I have been a member at the Belmont from its conception. It has improved in every department year on year. It’s a unique challenge where good shots are rewarded and anything less may be punished. It’s unashamedly short, defended by narrow fairways and undulating (immaculate) greens. I never get bored playing there as it is designed for shot-making and fun.
Stuart Beer
27 February 2022
I love the fact I can attack the pins on these greens. I don’t need to take driver off most of the long holes. Short and tricky. Thinking person's course. Interesting and fun to play!
Megan McCallum
26 February 2022
I have played this course since it opened in 2015, and it is maturing nicely. The greens are phenomenal. When pitching they hold brilliantly and they run true on putts. The course layout makes you think, and is a good challenge. Clubhouse menu fairly priced with large portions. Friendly service.
Deon van Deventer
16 February 2022
The Eastern Cape has some of SA's most scenic courses, and The Belmont is one, occupying an isolated valley location. It's a severely undulating layout, particularly the front nine, so walking 18 holes is for the young or very fit. It's a fun course if you're straight off the tee, because there's a premium on finding fairways rather than length. And even then there are slopes on the fairways which can see a golf ball running out of control in dry conditions. I enjoyed the superbly designed and conditioned bent grass greens, although some have devilish slopes. There are several memorable holes, beginning with the downhill par-5 opener and including all five par 3s. The course is something of a squeeze in places on the back nine, so the challenging stroke 1 par-4 12th is a flawed design despite a beautiful green location on the edge of a stream. Too difficult and awkward for most golfers.
Stuart McLean
15 February 2022
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