Port Elizabeth Golf Club – Stuart McLean

Published by : Stuart McLean - 14 June 2022

The Hill, as PEGC is known to locals, is a fine members course, full of variety and balance in its design, and possessing some interesting and challenging greens complexes. You can see why it once ranked No 50 circa 2004-05. The club endured tough times but has been rejuvenated in recent years by a bigger membership and improved financial position. The refurbished clubhouse is excellent. PEGC has a subscription model where members pay R1 000 a month and enjoy unlimited golf. Doglegs are a feature; many holes bend left or right, usually around tall trees, or a large water hazard, as at the brilliant par-5 eighth. All the par 5s have character and teeth; No 18 is another classic, even though it’s essentially a medium-to-long par 4 for the younger generation who can employ a tiger line. The 172m fifth (one of two new holes built 20 years ago) is one of the trickiest of par 3s, played from an elevated tee to a narrow green built into a slope. Quite an awkward target. The par-3 17th has water right of the green, and the prevailing westerly wind is left to right. There’s a plan to increase the size of the hazard and beautify it.

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