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
Sean Quinn (Golf Data) 2013
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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.
60 by Sieg Human in January 2017
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.
Naldo Claassen; no women’s event
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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