Length of Course Men 5820 m Ladies 4804 m
Type of Course: Parkland Holes: 9 (14 Greens)
Visitors: Saturdays are reserved for members
Club Professional: Bradley Forge
Practice Facilities: No
Hire Facilities: Clubs, trolleys, caddies
Catering: Bar, halfway house
Location: Cnr. Fritz Sonnenberg and Beach Road, Mouille Point
General Manager: Marthinus Jacobs
Postal Address: P.O.Box 50512, V&A Waterfront 8002
Phone: 021 430 6011
Fax: 021 434 3563
THE STADIUM COURSE: THE JEWEL IN THE CITY
The Metropolitan Golf Club, founded in 1895, is one of South Africa’s oldest golf clubs. The course has changed considerably over the last 115 years, but it is the changes that have taken place due to South Africa hosting the 2010 Soccer World Cup that have made the biggest impact. The location near the city proved to be the one chosen to build the 68 000 seat Cape Town Stadium and the course had to be redesigned to accommodate this major infrastructure,
The ‘new’ course officially opened on 15 May 2010 and the standards presented to the returning members (who were away for three years) are well on the way to achieving the stated aim of the club, to become the ‘Jewel in the City’, with a golf course manicured to perfection. The location already provides reason to play this surprising challenge so close the city centre. Situated between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, the golf experience is blessed with stunning views of both. Obviously the soccer stadium is now the dominant backdrop on many of the holes, but fortunately it has aesthetic merit. The new course has a modern design feel and while four holes (considerably remodelled) remain in the original location, the other five have been introduced on land previously used as sports fields. A tunnel under the road leads to these holes and here the greeting is of wide open fairways, several new challenging and visually pleasant water features and several of the holes offer a two green choice for variety when playing the 9-holes for the second time. The introduction throughout the course of ‘Love Grass’ has given shape to many of the holes and added a requirement for accuracy, as Love Grass can become an oxymoron to the wayward player.
The club also took the opportunity to make improvements of its clubhouse facilities and now the customer journey will surely be as good as any in the Cape region. The view from the upstairs bar, while dominated by the stadium allows for views of Table Mountain and the ocean and the green belt of the golf course makes for a wonderful contrast in the shadow of the stadium.
The 3rd (and 12th) hole epitomises all the characteristics of the new Metropolitan layout.
A par 5 begins with an avenue of trees fronting the tee. This leads to a wide fairway with a canal to be considered well to the left. There are two greens – and both have water fronting them – it is a par 5 – and the first green is straight ahead of the fairway, while the second makes for a dogleg left. Big greens and bunkering await. The famous Mouille Point Lighthouse adds charm to the backdrop and as you will find often during the round, you have views of the ocean.
This city course is situated between Green Point and the V&A Waterfront. From the city centre head for the Cape Town Soccer Stadium in Green Point and at the Green Point Circle take the Fritz Zonnenberg exit to the left. This leads to Beach Road in Mouille Point. The entrance to the club is on the right just prior to reaching Beach Road.