Eastern Cape Top 11
Port Elizabeth - Eastern Cape
Acting GM: Vernon Waters
Head pro: Siegmund Human
Greenkeeper: Vernon Waters (Golf Data)
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 64.6 out of 100
Conditioning14.4 / 20
Playability12.6 / 20
Aesthetics10.5 / 15
Design Variety10.5 / 15
Shot Values8.0 / 15
Memorability8.6 / 15
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
Sean Quinn (Golf Data) 2013
041 450 9595
78 (2021) & 76 (2020)
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
60 by Sieg Human in January 2017
Note: 62 by Werner Deyzel (Woodhill) in 2020 Eastern Province Strokeplay with 11 birdies, including 7 in a back nine 28
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.
MEN'S CLUB CHAMPIONS
2022 Ivan Daniels
2021 & 2020 Not played
2019 Naldo Claassen
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/ A new practice putting green has been built, and plans are in place to build a range and short-game area.
5/ Samuel Simpson (Royal Cape) won both the 2020 and 2021 EP Strokeplay titles at Wedgewood, with a 17-under total of 199 for 54 holes in 2020 (64-65-70) and 202 in 2021 (67-68-67). The winner in 2022 was Kyle de Beer on 202 (69-64-69).
Course and Facilities Rating
Probably the best greens in the country. The course staff have put in a tremendous effort to get them to this condition, true and fast, just the way I like it.
30 December 2022
Wedgewood continues to provide quality greens of an extremely high standard when it comes to pace, true roll and texture. What a delight to putt on. And they are interestingly designed, making them an enjoyable feature of a round at this rural estate outside Port Elizabeth. Wedgewood at 5771 metres is one among six attractive 18-hole Eastern Cape courses which play under 5800 in total from the back tees. Others are St Francis Bay (5647), Katberg (5661), West Bank (5680), The Belmont (5719) and Royal Port Alfred (5732). These distances speak volumes for the wind factor which is part and parcel of East Cape golf. Good group of courses for a social golf tour. The emphasis at each centres around a fun challenge, with a broad selection of short par 4s to whet your appetite for possible birdies. Many are the opening holes of the round, 238 metres at West Bank, 256 at Katberg, 294 at Port Alfred.
19 June 2022
After playing at Humewood I was invited to play this modernised Golf Data layout on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth for the first time. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the experience. The course has some tricky holes demanding good shot-making.
26 January 2022
Wedgewood is always improving and the greens are way above expectation. The newish practice putting green has added to the value of the course. The pace of play is slow on the weekends, but doesn't detract from a great layout.
07 January 2022
I would like to see paths created through the rough off the front of certain tees (2, 3, 4 and 16) to the fairways for golfers who are walking. The telephone poles and lines on the ninth and 18th need to be buried underground to improve the look of these finishing holes and enhance the general aesthetics. The 18th would also benefit by building a footbridge across the weir of the dam on to the green for the walker. The current approach to the green is terrible and should only be used by golf carts.
19 May 2021
Caught Wedgewood on a cold and windy day which made it all the more challenging. The front nine lines up one difficult hole after another. The shorter back nine offers some respite, yet trouble lurks left on the tee shot of the terrific downhill tenth, and also what I think is the course's signature hole, the 13th. I remember this being the short par-4 16th on the old Wedgwood layout, and its strength lies in the danger from tee to green, first of all the long carry to what looks a narrow fairway, then the approach shot to a raised green fronted by a stream. Two excellently designed par 3s at 12 and 14 also demand your full attention.
19 May 2021
Two different nines to contend with and a great layout. Greens among the best in the country. Last year's addition of a practice putting green adds value to the experience.
06 April 2021
First round at Wedgewood and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Generous fairways and the course will take on a different feel when more homes are built on the estate. Fairways and greens were good without being wonderful. Finding the short grass off the tee makes the next shot much easier.
17 January 2021
Vernon Waters continues to do an amazing job with the greens at Wedgewood. They are outstanding and make chipping and putting a joy. The course itself is fun to play and has some memorable holes on the hilly back nine. The stretch from 10 to 14 is terrific. Even though they comprise three short par 4s and two par 3s they are not easy and only reward the best of shots. The 13th is 317 metres from the back, yet it's a tiger into the westerly wind, with a narrow fairway and stream fronting the green. The 398-metre 16th is one of the best par 4s in the country, slightly downhill to a fabulously devious green, which has a stream running along its right edge.
30 October 2020
Very good and playable layout with exceptional greens. A good test from the back tees.
28 July 2020
The redesigned Wedgewood is not as good as the original Bob Grimsdell routing, yet it remains a pleasant experience with excellent greens.
03 June 2020
Two completely different nines here. Great design variety. Greens impeccable. Overall conditioning is top class!
28 April 2020
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.
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.
20 February 2020
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