Milnerton Golf Course

Length of Course Men 5788 m Ladies 5022 m
Holes: 18
Type of Course: Links
Par: 72
Visitors: Booking essential
Club Professional: Jonathan Jacobson 021 552 3108
Tuition: Yes
Club Shop: Yes
Practice Facilities: Putting greens, chipping area
Hire Facilities: Clubs, trolleys, caddies and drive carts
Catering: Bar, halfway house
General Manager: Mark Schacht
Postal address: P.O.Box 774, Milnerton 7435
Location: Woodbridge Island, opposite the lighthouse
Address: Bridge Road, Milnerton 7441
Phone: 021 552 1047
Fax: 021 551 5897
e-mail: bookings@milgolf.co.za
web: www.milnertongolfclub.co.za

BETWEEN SEA AND LAGOON

The Milnerton Golf Course, famous for its superb location between sea, lagoon and the mainland, was once regarded as South Africa’s only true links layout. This reputation no longer applies as a real estate development necessitated some alterations to the traditional layout and the members took the opportunity to upgrade not only the links layout, but also to add new water features and bunkers and to introduce excellent new greens. Superb putting surfaces now welcome you, to add to the magnificent views of Table Mountain and its surrounds.

The third tee provides the first vantage point to the mountain and from there you will notice the sandy beach and dunes, which run alongside the course.
In this area, nature also supplies wind and, in true links fashion, this will determine the degree of difficulty you will encounter. Should the southeaster be blowing, you will go out with the wind behind you and most of the first nine holes will be down-wind. Once homeward bound you will in the most part need to keep your head bowed and will be unable to look up and enjoy the mountain views too often! On a windless day, your only concern will be the bushy areas near the beach and some tree-lined fairways that are seemingly narrow. Playing a course that still maintains a links feel, you will hopefully have, in your repertoire, the answer to playing sandy lies, a shot you will definitely need.

THE COURSE

16th Hole – Par 4 – Men 290 m Ladies 262 m
The lagoon that meanders to the left of the finishing holes makes a tough homeward stretch beautiful. This hole has a narrow fairway and a majestic view of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. The landing area seems narrow between grass bunkers right, a solitary tree beside them and water left. The second shot to this short par 4 will be a lofted iron to a wide figure-eight green. Three bunkers on the right will need to be negotiated if the pin is on the right of this green.
17th Hole – Par 5 – Men 423 m Ladies 365 m
The tee shot is to a truly wide landing area. The only concern will be the water to the left that accompanies the fairway to the green, but only the wildest of hooks will bring this into play. A downhill and undulating fairway flattens out at the green and the approach to the seemingly small green will need only to avoid sloping grassy banks. The target is actually larger than seen from the fairway.
18th Hole – Par 4 – Men 341 m Ladies 383 m (par 5)
While this hole is not seemingly long on the scorecard, it is quite a challenge if you are playing into the prevailing wind. Memorable visuals from this tee are water on the left and the lighthouse behind the green. Most average golfers will be hitting a long iron or wood to this final hole and the large uphill green that sits perilously close to the water will require only the best of shots to be found in two.

Directions:

From Cape Town, take the N1 and take the Paarden Eiland off-ramp onto the R27 into Marine Drive. At the second set of traffic lights, after the industrial area, turn left onto the bridge that crosses the lagoon and follow the sign towards the course.