Length of Course: Men 6310 m Ladies 5080 m
Type of Course: Parkland
Visitors: Visitors welcome – booking essential
Director of Golf: Ian Kennedy 021 715 0227
Club Shop: Yes
Practice Facilities: Double ended practice tee – club balls, putting and chipping greens
Hire Facilities: Clubs, trolleys, caddies and drive carts (bookings essential)
Catering: Bar, restaurant, halfway house
Location: Corner Tokai & Steenberg Roads, Constantia Valley
General Manager: Adam Cowell
Address: Steenberg Estate, Tokai Road, Tokai 7945
Phone: 021 713 2233 Fax: 021 713 2231
a Green Haven
From the first day of play, the Steenberg Golf Course has received a deserved reputation for its magnificent greens. This remains a fact several years later as you play this course set under beautiful mountain surrounds and meandering through the vineyards of South Africa’s oldest wine farm. The location of this real estate, hotel and golf course development, nestling under the Constantiaberg Mountains in the Constantia Valley, provides many glorious views of vines, pines, bush and mountain flora. This, added to the well-manicured fairways and greens of the golf course, explains why the estate has been described as a Green Haven.
Steenberg (which means ‘Mountain of Stone’) has proved to be one of South Africa’s most successful golf developments. This is no doubt due to the location, and to the attention to detail both on and off the golf course.
All the properties surrounding the estate have been meticulously designed to blend in with the historical aspects of the working wine farm and indigenous plants and flowers have been introduced throughout the estate. This detail has been incorporated in the continuous upgrading of the splendid clubhouse and the exceptional attention to detail given to the ‘customer journey’, which merits a special mention. Here you will find spacious lounges, a stylish members’ bar and a well-stocked and well run pro-shop.
To complement the attention to the environment, Peter Matkovich was the golf course architect chosen to design the golf course. His quoted slogan, that good golf course architects ‘listen to the land’, proved ideal. Here he has followed the gentle natural slopes of the estate and created a challenge by introducing large waste bunkers, running creeks, water hazards, and those excellent greens.
Having identified the greens for special praise, I must mention that this should not detract from the quality of the fairways or the rest of the course. Large aprons around the greens are another special feature and the vineyards really do provide a unique visual aspect, as well as a charming added hazard. The feature hole, the 7th, is one of the memorable par 3s, highlighted by the green on the 14th hole which qualifies as one of the Cape’s longest putting surfaces!
Gould’s special note:
The 5-star Steenberg hotel has 21 rooms, 3 memorable Heritage Suites and has one of my favourite dining experiences at Catherina’s Restaurant. Catherina’s is named after Catherina Ustings, the legendary and feisty first owner of Steenberg in 1682. The Bistro 1682 is also a delightful informal venue, which encompasses the state-of-the-art winery, wine tasting bar and tasting lounge.
From Cape Town, take the M3 south heading for Muizenberg. Turn right at the end and continue through two traffic lights past Westlake and look for the Steenberg entrance on the left.