Length of Course: Men 5855 m Ladies 4938 m
Type of Course: Links
Visitors: Saturdays and Sunday mornings – members only
Sports Centre Manager: Christo Pistorious
Teaching Professional: Teddy Webber
Club Shop: Yes
Practice Facilities: Driving range
Hire Facilities: Clubs, trolleys and drive carts. No caddies
Catering: Bar, restaurant, halfway house
Location: Off the R27 towards Melkbossstrand
Club Manager: Celeste Lloyd-Jones
Postal address: Unit 1, Fairway Drive, Atlantic Beach Golf Estate, Melkbosstrand 7441
Phone: 021 553 2223
Fax: 021 553 2224
The Atlantic Beach Golf Estate, on the West Coast of Cape Town, lies at the heart of a highly successful real estate development built in and around a wonderful nature reserve that borders the Atlantic Ocean. Unparalleled views of Table Mountain, the ocean and endless white beaches are the punctuation points of this golfing challenge among the fynbos of a protected nature reserve.
The developers of the golf course have meticulously cared for the sensitivity of this environment. It is a feature of the course that balls landing in well-demarcated areas off the fairways are not to be retrieved, as they have landed in the protected areas. This is a minor hazard, as the holes provide ample avenues for the golfer to cherish among the natural beauty of a golf course that encapsulates the ‘links feel’ of a layout so close to the sea.
It is indeed a golf course blessed with natural contours that sweep upwards and downwards among the dune-lined valleys. The course is set out in two nine hole loops that each return to the clubhouse. An important feature of the design is that few of the holes run in the same direction. This importance becomes apparent when the strong breezes of this area are in attendance. The variety of direction allows the golfer regular respite from the challenges of wind.
Gould’s Special Note:
The inability to retrieve balls in the well-demarcated areas off the fairways has over many years been a contentious point with many golfers. I personally feel this has been an essential protection to the very natural environment of this west coast nature reserve.
There is a mixture of bunker designs on the course. Apart from the conventional sand traps, sandy wastes with fynbos integrated in them are a feature. There are no water hazards or trees but the natural fynbos of the landscape is ample enough to augment the challenge. The greens are large, sometimes huge, and many of them have big slopes that require great concentration.
5th Hole – ‘Cableway’ Par 3 – Men 142 m Ladies 123 m
This hole has one of the best views of Table Mountain and Robben Island on the course. It is called the Cableway because it faces the mountain. This hole has a two-tier green from right to left and due to the wind, at 142 metres, can be any club from a 3 wood to a pitching wedge. Club selection is very important, as the green is 20 metres deep at its widest and 15 metres at the narrowest.
11th Hole – ‘To the beach’ Par 4 – Men 335 m Ladies 288 m
As named, the hole faces the ocean and seen from an elevated tee is a rolling fairway over a shell waste area. A very difficult tee shot as the wind is always left to right, or right to left. A tough second shot to a slightly raised two-tier green
12th Hole – ‘Island’ Par 3 – Men 139 m Ladies 115 m
This is surely one of the most memorable holes in the Cape! As named, when you stand on this tee, it looks like the green is an island with no area to bail out. There is once again a fantastic view of Table Mountain and Robben Island. This is the longest green on the course at 55 metres.
From Cape Town take the N1 and take the M14 Milnerton exit. The road becomes R27 (West Coast Road). Continue on this road for approximately 40 km and, when you see the course on your left, take a left at the next traffic lights. The course entrance is on the left.
GPS Coordinates: S 33 44. 112 E 18 27.149