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Wedgewood

Port Elizabeth - Eastern Cape

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General Manager: Anthony Dutton
Head pro: Matthew Thompson
Greenkeeper: Vernon Waters (Golf Data)

Course Summary

Three tees / Par 72

Yellow, 5930 metres, CR72.1/138
Blue, 5411 metres, CR69.3/135
Red, 4518 metres, CR65.1/4518
Women’s blue, CR75.2/145
Women’s red, CR69.4/133

Visitor green fee

Affiliated R350
Non-affiliated R450

Course designer

Sean Quinn (Golf Data) 2013

Contact

041 450 9595
www.wedgewoodgolfclub.co.za

The new Wedgewood course has been a major attraction for PE golfers even though it is 20 kilometres west of the city on the way to Cape Town. Outstanding bent grass greens which compare in quality, true roll and speed with any course in the country have upped the enjoyment factor.

Golf Data built and own the facility, part of a residential estate on what used to be the old Wedgwood CC property, where Gary Player was a regular winner in 1960s/70s tournaments. Only a handful of the original Bob Grimsdell holes are recognisable; what designer Sean Quinn did was reverse the routing. The new tenth hole plays downhill on what was the uphill 17th.

The new course is shorter than the old and a fun experience for golfers of varying abilities. The creative modern greens are what makes it special. The two nines are distinctly different. The front nine on the entrance road is flat and long, with some of the more challenging holes and a few water hazards. The back nine is 300 metres shorter and more unconventional as it traverses rolling terrain. Long hitters can drive the green on the opening two short par 4s.

While Wedgewood has a membership at affordable subs, it operates more as a pay-and-play facility. There is no club committee.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

60 by Sieg Human in January 2017

Feature Holes

The 317-metre 13th is an original classic Grimsdell par 4. An elevated tee with trouble to carry before a narrow fairway bordered on the right by a stream which continues around the front of the green. It’s followed by a unique par 3, the green situated over the crest of a rocky krans. Anything short is in trouble. The two par 5s on this nine are relatively short, and 18 is a risk-and-reward hole where a long tee shot leaves an uphill approach to the green over a gorge. Both 9 and 18 are formidable for high handicaps.

Club Champions

Naldo Claassen; no women’s event

Did You Know

1/ Wedgewood offers affordable membership at R4 000 a year, and R1 100 for students.

2/ Busy on Saturday and Sunday mornings, it’s quiet on weekend afternoons.

3/ The housing estate is steadily growing, and has 53 homes. There is bass fishing in the dams, cycle paths, and the adjoining Hopewell wildlife estate has extensive mountain bike trails.

4/ Plans are in place to build a range and short-game area, and practice putting green.

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The redesigned Wedgewood is not as good as the original Bob Grimsdell routing, yet it remains a pleasant experience with excellent greens.
Simpson
03 June 2020
Two completely different nines here. Great design variety. Greens impeccable. Overall conditioning is top class!
Sandor Kovacs
28 April 2020
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Very few good golf courses exist in SA where you're out in the country, no traffic to be seen, and houses don't line every fairway. Wedgewood is therefore unique. And the "new" Wedgewood boasts exceptional quality bent grass greens. I like the simple clubhouse. It's a good model for pay-and-play golf.
Stuart McLean
21 February 2020
This is an excellent layout with great design variety. Some good water holes and beautiful old trees. It is playing firm in the drought conditions.
Ivan Palframan
20 February 2020
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