The Boschenmeer 9 at Paarl is an oddity in being dissimilar to the other nines which make up the Paarl Old Course. When combined with either River 9 or Paarl 9 the round may feel disjointed. Yet it’s a delight to play on its own because variety and risks are a constant theme. It has a terrific blend of unique, surprising holes which makes it one of the best 9-hole experiences in South Africa. And it should be utilised as a 9-holer, using different tee boxes for those wanting to play two loops. I found it more challenging than the other nines because trouble lurks at the frequent water hazards, notably on the two risk-reward par 5s. Each hole is complemented by superb greens complexes, a feature of the layout with their design and slopes. The holes are numbered 19 to 27, and No 25, the 420m par 4 through an avenue of tall pines, is not only be one of the best in the Western Cape, but one of the most fearsome.