Worcester - Western Cape
General manager: Juan Nel
Club pro: Mentz Germishuis
Greenkeeper: Hendrik Germishuis
Club captain: Heinrich Bosman
President: Pieter Cilliers
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 60.9 out of 100
Conditioning13.4 / 20
Playability12.0 / 20
Aesthetics9.2 / 15
Design Variety9.3 / 15
Shot Values9.5 / 15
Memorability7.5 / 15
Three tees / Par 72
Yellow 6015 metres, CR73.2/132
White 5578 metres, CR70.8/125
Red 4964 metres, CR67.8/119
Women’s white, CR77.2/141
Women’s red, CR73.3/133
Visitor Green Fee
R340 high season
Peter Matkovich 1988
023 342 7482
Worcester has one of the top championship layouts in the Boland Golf Union region, situated 112 kilometres from Cape Town, set against an attractive backdrop of the Brandwacht mountains. In the winter these often have snow on their peaks.
The golf course adjoins the N1 highway on the opposite side from the central business district and is easy to access. The layout is unique in being an early Peter Matkovich design when he was working for Gary Player.
The course is in a quiet rural setting, with plenty of open space, which makes the surrounding land popular with mountain bikers. Worcester’s layout could be described as “Karoo parkland.” The fringes of the course border the dry bushy scrubland that is indigenous to an area with limited rainfall. The green fairways provide a stark contrast to the rest of the landscape.
There are plenty of challenges here, particularly on or around the attractively contoured greens which are a feature. The early holes venture into low hills, but once you play the steeply downhill fourth the terrain becomes easier to walk. Water hazards come into play from the fifth to the eighth. The par-3 seventh is a hole which gets attention, the tee shot having to carry a wide expanse of water to the green. The teeing areas for this hole are unusually stretched in a line along the bank and pathway of the dam.
Additional Course Facts
Men's Club Champion
60 by Sunshine Tour pro Ockie Strydom in Wijnlander tournament (28-32)
The course has two superb risk-and-reward short par 4s, the sixth (where a dam is in play off the tee) and 12th, which is just 283 metres from the back tee.
There is a 130-metre range for short irons, with a warm-up net.
Did You Know
1/ There is a unique double green in front of the clubhouse, one of the biggest in South Africa, shared by the par-3 ninth and par-5 18th. The double-storey clubhouse has a panoramic outlook over the course.
2/ It is one of the oldest clubs in South Africa, founded in 1895.
3/ The club’s annual flagship event is the Wijnlander, a four-day tournament in October.
4/ Three Sunshine Tour pros, Ockie Strydom, Oliver Bekker and Christiaan Basson, started their golf at Worcester. The club has hosted the Junior and Mid-Amateur interprovincials.
Course and Facilities Rating
Worcester is well worth the drive from Cape Town and is in excellent condition. The design variety was unexpected and I enjoyed the risk and reward elements of several holes. The opening nine holes is particularly interesting with challenging green complexes. The general layout, presentation and attention to detail was impressive. Definitely a course to play when travelling to the Cape Winelands.
26 May 2021
A well designed and laid out course with a real inland links feel to it. Very impressive that the course has managed to maintain its good condition right through the hot and windy summer months. You might need a 'bush' club when recovering from the wide rough, but that's part of the character of Worcester.
19 February 2021
One of the Cape's gems. Just over an hour's easy drive on the N2 from Cape Town, passing through the spectacular Du Toits Kloof (you can take the tunnel to save time, or enjoy the scenic slow route over the pass). I am always taken aback at how few Cape Town golfers ever go to play here. Course was in good condition. Fairways a bit stressed due to heat and lack of summer rain, but greens excellent (better than some of the more vaunted Cape Town courses!). Worcester deserves a top 100 place.
27 December 2020
First visit (I'm from Scotland) and I was impressed with the layout and quality of the greens.
24 February 2020
Worcester does fewer than 20 000 rounds a year, so it appeals to adventurous visitors who might find the Winelands courses too crowded during the summer. My Scottish playing partner loved the views and the spaciousness of the setting. It reminded him of golf in Spain. The low vegetation evokes the nearby Karoo. The two nines are distinctly set apart. It's a well-designed and maintained layout with magnificent greens.
21 February 2020
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