King David Golf Course

King David

Length of Course: Men 5888 m  Ladies 4997 m
Holes: 18
Type of Course: Parkland   Par: 72
Visitors: Saturday afternoons reserved for members
Club Professional: James Loughnane   021 934 3056
Tuition: Yes
Club Shop: Yes
Practice Facilities: Driving range, putting greens
Hire Facilities: Clubs, trolleys, caddies and drive carts
Catering: Bar, halfway house
Location: Pallotti Road, Montana
General Manager: Amanda Forknall
Postal address: P.O.Box 57, Parow, 7499
Phone: 021 934 0365
Fax: 021 934 4179
e-mail: members@kingdavidgc.co.za
web: www.kingdavidgolfclub.co.za

A CLASSIC REJUVENATED

Probably the best kept secret for years, King David Golf Club situated close to Cape Town International Airport is finally beginning to get the recognition that it deserves. Designed 55 years ago by the esteemed golf course architect Bob Grimsdell, this rolling parkland course has changed very little over the years. With all the advances in equipment technology, this is testament to the quality of the design. Imminently playable and challenging for all players, regardless of their handicap, the course meanders its way through avenues of majestic bluegum trees. The implementation of a state-of-the-art water reticulation system three years ago has transformed the golf course into arguably the best-conditioned course in Cape Town. The award the club won in 2009, when it was voted ‘the most improved course in South Africa’ by Golf Digest magazine reflects this.  In addition to this, King David has been the highest climber up the Golf Digest course rankings for the past two years and is currently ranked 64th in South Africa.
King David is a members club but is well known for its hospitality, making it a firm favourite with both visitors and societies alike.

THE COURSE

A wonderful parkland course that, shown a little respect, will reward the golfer handsomely.
1st Hole – Par 5 – Men 468 m Ladies 413 m
A gentle introduction to the course. This is a straightforward par 5 with a fairly generous target area off the tee.  A fairway bunker up the left will catch the attention of the longer hitters. A second shot played into the dip 80 metres short of the green affords the player a good view of the flag, which is guarded by large bunkers either side of the green. The green slopes from back to front so any shot left above the hole will result in an extremely slick putt.
15th Hole – Par 3 – Men 134 m Ladies 126 m
A short but treacherous par 3. A short iron to the middle of this well bunkered green is all you require however this green will reject all but the finest approach shot. Anything short will see the ball collecting down in the valley leaving a demanding chip up to the green.
17th Hole – Par 4 – Men 317 m Ladies 280 m
A throwback to a bygone era. A short dogleg right par 4, which requires a fairway wood to the crest of the hill up the left-hand side. Protected left and right by mature trees, accuracy off the tee here is paramount. Make sure not to be fooled into under-clubbing on the second shot, as the ball will roll off the front of the green and down the hill. This leaves a very tricky chip shot. Not very inviting.

Gould’s Special Note:

The original design by Bob Grimsdell has little changed over the years and is testament to his brilliance. Also the 12th hole, par 3 is featured in one of Gary Player’s books as a great short hole.

Directions.

From Cape Town take the N2 highway towards Cape Town International Airport. Take Exit 15 signposted Duinefontein Road and Modderdam Road. Take the left fork heading for Modderdam Road, Bellville. At the second set of traffic lights, turn right into Pallotti Road. Club entrance 500 m down on the left-hand side.