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
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.
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.
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.
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