Walmer Golf Club

Port Elizabeth - Eastern Cape

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Manager: Debbie van der Walt
Golf director: Gavin Cooper
Operations manager: Stuart Vincent
PGA Pro: Nic Bakker
Greenkeeper: Caiphus Ntante
Club captains: Ryno Ferreira & Di White
President: Wouter van Eyk

Course Summary

Two tees / Par 72

Yellow 5870 metres, CR71.2/121
Red 5321 metres, CR68.3/113
Women’s yellow, CR77.5/127
Women’s red, CR73.9/120

Visitor green fee

R210 for 18 off-peak, R155 for 9
R255 peak (Wed PM, Saturday)
Students R150 & R115
Juniors R90 & R65
Golf cart R300 (18), R200 (9)

Course designer

Original unknown
Simon Hobday 2005


041 581 1613

Walmer Golf Club is one of the oldest clubs in Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha), founded in 1897, situated in one of the city’s oldest suburbs, Walmer, overlooking the Baakens Valley nature reserve. It has one of the biggest memberships of a 9-hole course in SA, with 899 affiliated golfers and 1122 members in total.

The club had unusual origins, evolving from a commonage where PE citizens were entitled to graze their animals. Golf had strong roots in the Eastern Cape (PE Golf Club was founded in 1890), and a golf club was founded on the commonage with 18 shortish holes (sand greens), each having its own name and being allocated to a family for its design, construction and maintenance. The name of Walmer had been taken in honour of the Duke of Wellington (a leading military and political figure in 19th-century Britain), who died at Walmer Castle in Kent, one of his favourite homes.

The club lost members during the Great War (1914-18) and also nine of the 18 holes. And it has stayed as a 9-hole parkland course, with 18 tee boxes, ever since with its clubhouse in upmarket River Road. In earlier years it was one of several 9-hole clubs in the Port Elizabeth area (like Fairview and Redhouse), most of which have long disappeared.

Tall pine trees frame several holes. The nine holes were built in an L-shape, the opening hole, a 393-metre par 4, playing down towards the Baakens Valley, before the second turns uphill in the opposite direction. The two closing holes border River Road. For many years until early in the millennium it had a small, wood-and-iron clubhouse. The club first received a liquor licence in 1980.

Walmer Country Club was formed two kilometres away after World War Two with an 18-hole layout, and Walmer GC then became commonly known as Little Walmer. It still had Kimberley blue-ground greens in those years, and grass greens were only established in the early 1970s.

Today, the course is part of a large residential estate established in 2005. The course was redesigned with advice from former SA Open champion Simon Hobday. New greens were constructed on holes 5 to 9, creating more undulations and providing a more stable putting surface.

Out-of-bounds is in play on several holes, including a par 3, No 4/13, on the edge of the Baakens Valley. There are two par-5s, back-to-back at No 7/16 and No 8/17. The round ends with a strong 401-metre par 4, its green guarded by water right. The par-3 sixth/15th is considered to be the signature hole, only 139 metres, but with a large pond guarding the front and right of the green.

A spacious modern clubhouse, upgraded with the development of the estate, caters for functions, conferences, weddings and celebrations up to 200 people.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

With placing
64 by Gerhard Trytsman in February 2022 IPS

No placing
66 by Dillon Germshuys in April 2022 medal

Club Champions

2023 Dillon Germshuys & Nicole Richings
2022 Dillon Germshuys & Thaakirah Bickoo
2021 Dillon Germshuys & Janine van der Merwe
Germshuys has won 8 times and represented Eastern Province

Practice Facility

A 125-metre range, players must use their own golf balls. Short-game area.


The 316-metre fifth/14th is known as the Monument Hole because of the concrete obelisk which stands in the fairway just short of the green. It was constructed after the armistice ending the Great War. For the grand opening a large brushwood fortress surrounded the obelisk with a brushwood effigy of a German soldier, and weaponry. On the night of July 19, 1919, before a large crowd addressed by the mayor of Walmer, John Syme Neave, a torch was lit in the soldier’s hand and the fortress was set alight. As the bonfire burnt away the obelisk was revealed.

Did You Know

1/ In the late 1930s it was agreed to build an 18-hole course, using new land for the extra holes. PE Golf Club professional Charles McIlvenny (SA Open champion in 1932) was tasked with the design and construction. But the project was abandoned in 1939 when World War Two erupted. In 1967 the club had to forfeit this additional land to the PE municipality for housing, so it was fated to remain a 9-hole course.

2/ Buster Heugh was one of the club’s most celebrated members of the past 60 years, who contributed more than anyone to the club’s progress. He joined in 1959, and was club captain from 1960 to 1971, again from 1974 to 1986, and finally 1994. He was club champion 16 times between 1963 and 1985.

3/ Former club captain and president Deon Nel is the current Senior Vice President of the SA Golf Association.

4/ The club holds its festival week in November. The club’s Rosebowl competition was first played in 1929.

5/ The club only had two presidents for the first 61 years of its existence, Herbert Longworth (1897-1938) and AB Thomas (1938-58).

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Course Reviews
Hidden gem in the middle of Port Elizabeth. The course makes you think and work hard for your points, having two long 5s and two tricky 3s. Great clubhouse with awesome views and helpful staff.
Grant Duff
10 April 2024
Extremely challenging course due to its small greens with a tough par 4 to start, and two difficult par 3s. Brilliant club atmosphere for families and social golfers.
Gareth Calder
05 April 2024
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Been a Walmer member for 20+ years and it is the most social golf club in PE. Costs are reasonable. Challenging 9-holer in good condition.
Jimmy Hood
27 March 2024
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