Cape Town - Western Cape
General manager: David Smith
Golf director: Nicholaas Lochner
Greenkeeper: Raymond Donaldson
Club captain: Geoff Tuck
President: Ron Clark
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 65.1 out of 100
Conditioning12.6 / 20
Playability13.8 / 20
Aesthetics10.8 / 15
Design Variety11.2 / 15
Shot Values8.2 / 15
Memorability8.5 / 15
Three tees / Par 72
Yellow, 5867 metres, C72.5/132
White, 5558 metres, CR70.7/131
Red, 5100 metres, CR68.1/128
Women’s white, CR76.6/136
Women’s red, CR73.6/128
Visitor green fee
Charles Molteno Murray 1933
021 788 2020
Westlake can lay claim to being both the most popular and most sociable golf club in South Africa. Situated close to the False Bay coastline, it has had a full membership for many years, and thus sees an astronomical number of rounds played year on year by members and visitors. More than a million rounds over the last 20 years. Early in the millennium it once did 130 000 rounds in a two-year period. The secret behind its success is a membership model relatively rare in South Africa – the full membership subscription of R16 000 includes all green fees. This encourages members to play as much as possible.
Westlake attracts visitors with its outstanding conditioning and a fun yet challenging parkland layout, one more demanding than the distance of 5 867 metres from the back tees suggests.
Impressively tall pine trees in strategic positions are a feature of the course, which lies next to the Silvermine mountain range and is vulnerable to the Cape south-easter. Narrow holes reward straight driving and accurate iron play.
The course has been strengthened over the years by design upgrades to improve holes, and a modern reticulation system that has transformed the overall conditioning. Behind the 18th green is a unique memorial fountain, opened in 1994, which commemorates past members.
Additional Course Facts
64, Jonathan Burgess, 1992 club champs;
Trevor Immelman, 1999 SA Strokeplay
Limited warm-up range next to clubhouse.
Elton James & Emelia Brown
Westlake has some of Cape Town’s most interesting and challenging par 4s, including the second, which doglegs sharply left around tall trees; the 12th, to a green framed by tall pines; and the 18th, another dogleg left around a forest of pines. The fast-paced greens have subtle slopes to test a golfer’s putting skills.
Did You Know
1/ The club has hosted the SA Women’s Open the last three years on the European Ladies Tour, won by Ashleigh Buhai (2018), India’s Diksha Dagar (2019) and England’s Alice Hewson (2020). Left-hander Dagar had the lowest individual round of 66.
2/ A host of SA sporting legends are club members, including cricketers Jacques Kallis, JP Duminy, Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher, rugby’s Jean de Villiers, Nick Mallett, Bobby Skinstad and Schalk Burger.
3/ Head greenkeeper Raymond Donaldson, 38, was recognised by the PGA of SA in 2012 with the Course Superintendent of the Year award.
4/ Westlake has hosted both the men’s SA Amateur in 1999 and Premier Interprovincial in 2014. Jean Hugo won the 1999 SA Strokeplay on four-under 284. Former Masters champion Trevor Immelman, who finished second, had a course record 64, but it followed a first round 80. Richard Sterne won the SA Amateur.
Course and Facilities Rating
Westlake have taken pride in getting their greens right, and what a big improvement. They are much smoother and have a better roll (11 on the stimp). The course in general is well maintained, and bunkers consistent with soft sand nice to play from.
08 May 2021
Relatively flat course with a good mix of holes. Can be challenging in the summer south-easter. Friendly and welcoming 19th hole.
Brent Arthur Kleve
01 May 2021
Always feel welcome at this golf club, but the fairways are taking strain. Very wet, hardly any run and two distinctly different grasses on the same fairway.
27 April 2021
Westlake is a fun experience. Not long, but the trees on the course reward accurate drives. The greens are very good and a joy to putt on.
19 January 2021
Westlake looks a seductively pleasant parkland layout standing on the first tee, but I soon found it's no walk in the park, a premium being placed on straight tee shots with so many tree-lined fairways. Some appear dauntingly narrow with a driver in hand. And the course boasts creative greens complexes with subtle slopes which lend it further strength and character, and together with good bunkering increases the difficulty factor. It has a fine variety of long, medium and short holes in the par 5s, par 4s and par 3s. Temporary green at par-5 17th when I played. But the proper green is ready, and the putting surface brilliantly carpeted. One of the best designed greens too, with so many pin positions.
05 January 2021
Westlake has the best finishing stretch of holes of any Cape Town course. None can compete with the quality and variety of the challenge on the last three holes, 16 to 18. The 16th is a different par 5 design, a sharp dogleg right off the tee which then climbs uphill to a green largely hidden from view for most of the journey there. Additionally it is unique in being the only par 5 in South Africa which has neither a water hazard nor a bunker. And yet it's a brilliant hole. No 17 is a par 3 with an awkward raised green, while the round concludes with a terrific par 4 that doglegs left around the tall pines that are a feature of Westlake. Finish with three straight pars and you can be proud of yourself.
02 January 2021
Real fun track. A little tight around some holes but the layout is fair and rewarding if you can shape the ball both ways. Good course and value for money.
16 April 2020
Good parkland course which tests your ability to shape the ball. Great clubhouse atmosphere.
08 April 2020
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