Length of Course: Men 6223 m Ladies 5197 m
Type of Course: Parkland
Visitors: Saturdays reserved for members
Teaching Professional: Paul Mackenzie
Club Shop: Yes
Practice Facilities: Yes – own balls, putting green
Hire Facilities: Clubs, trolleys and drive carts
Catering: Bar, halfway house
Location: Klipfontein Road, Mowbray
General Manager: Wayne Hill
Postal Address: P.O.Box 495, Rondebosch 7700
Phone: 021 689 4176
Fax: 021 685 1447
Rondebosch Golf Club, situated just 5 minutes from the city centre and Cape Town International Airport has, over several years, completed a successful and ambitious upgrading programme. The resulting improvements have succeeded in creating a truly well-manicured year-round golf course and the attention given to this consistent quality receives my personal congratulations to those responsible.
These improvements have been appreciated not only by the members and visitors, but also by the professional golfers who participated in the Vodacom Tournament, one of South Africa’s PGA events in the local tour, held at this course over several years.
The course is criss-crossed by canals and is fairly hilly in places. As is true of most courses in the Cape, this one has two faces. In winter, there is the northwest wind to contend with and in summer, the course grits its teeth against the notorious southeaster. The canals necessitate some long carries over water (a word of warning – they can be wider than they look!) and you will be hitting shots to greens both below and above you. The clubhouse and pro-shop cater for all your requirements and the club has a deserved reputation as a welcoming and social venue.
Gould’s Special Note:
The improvements at Rondebosch have included renovations to the clubhouse. I have to make special mention of the friendliness of the members. A visit to the bar will explain all!
16th Hole – Par 4 – Men 326 m Ladies 243 m
A water feature that dissects the 16th and 17th holes creates both a visual and an added challenge to both holes. The hole is a dogleg left, curving around a canal, which hugs the left-hand fairway. As you stand on the tee overlooking the canal, the twin towers of the power station lie directly ahead. The fairway is situated well to the right and your best line is to aim to the second fairway mound. (Long hitters will brave a tighter line.) The second shot heads back towards the water. The green is large and undulating with two bunkers on the right. If you hit left, you’ll probably be pleased to be in the front left-hand bunker instead of the canal! Accuracy and correct club selection are imperative on this testing short par 4.
17th Hole – Par 5 – Men 466 m Ladies 417 m
Water on the left and water on the right are considerations that lead to a conservative approach off the tee. A solitary pine to the left of the fairway will correctly tell you that anywhere to the right of this tree is suitable for this sharp dogleg left. Any shot to the left will land you either in the water, in trees or out of bounds. Very long hitters, however, should worry about the canal that runs alongside the right and crosses the fairway. The second shot needs to carry the canal to a narrow fairway lined on both sides by trees. The bunker-less green, nevertheless, has Scottish-style swales surrounding it and it slopes steeply from front to back.
Gould’s Special note:
The club celebrated it’s Centenary in 2011. In 2013 a brand new and excellent pro-shop was introduced.
From Cape Town take the N2 towards the airport. Then take the M5 south towards Muizenberg and take the M18 exit to Rondebosch. Turn left into Klipfontein Road and at the next set of traffic lights turn left and immediately left into Golf Course Road.