Length of Course: Men 5950 m Ladies 5070 m
Type of Course: Parkland Par: 72
Visitors: Saturdays reserved for members
Club Professional: Mark Segers
Club Shop: Yes
Practice Facilities: Chipping area, putting green, limited driving range
Hire Facilities: Clubs, trolleys, drive carts and caddies
Catering: Bar, restaurant, halfway house, function facilities
Location: Westlake Avenue, Lakeside 7945
General Manager: Dave Gleeson
Postal address: P.O.Box 97, Steenberg 7947
Phone: 021 788 2020
Fax: 021 788 2530
Towering flat pines, the main feature of the course, create natural avenues for some of the fairways, while varieties of indigenous bush and a mix of small and large trees are the other hazards guarding the path to the greens. Westlake lies in the shade of the slopes of Silvermine Mountain near the seaside town of Muizenberg. Lush vegetation and shrubs frame the greens and the course is rich in its variety of trees, flowers and bird life.
Westlake has regularly undergone upgrading alterations over several years. This has involved among other things, the introduction of a short par 3 hole, three new and challenging greens (5th, 9th and 18th) and the redesign of the 8th hole and the lengthening of the 16th. A delightful water hazard on the left of the 10th has added not only a pleasing visual aspect to this excellent hole, but also a requirement for accuracy to find the landing area from the tee.
The greens are in excellent condition year round and can be on the quick side when freshly cut. In recent years, several new bunkers have been added, though this has not impacted on the sense of space given by many wide fairways. The clubhouse, situated at the face of Silvermine Mountain, is very welcoming and spacious and has all the facilities expected of a modern club
Gould’s Special Note:
I’ve always enjoyed this club, not only for the course, but also for its excellent social atmosphere. Westlake enjoys a good mix of male and female members – maybe that’s the secret!
8th Hole – Par 4 – Men 290 m Ladies 270 m
A short par 4 to a long narrow green. A short iron will be required for the approach shot. The ideal shot into the green is to the centre, as it is guarded by three bunkers on the left and a severe slope towards a water hazard on the right. The longer hitter may opt to drive the green and this hole is the epitome of the risk and reward for them.
12th Hole – Par 4 – Men 375 m Ladies 333 m
This is Westlake’s signature hole. This dogleg left par 4 has tall pines flanking the right hand side of the fairway. A large pine on the left of the fairway where the hole doglegs will catch a misguided tee shot. The ideal shot is up the right of the fairway. A bunker and a tall pine to the right of the green and out of bounds to the left are all concerns to approach a narrow green.
From Cape Town, take the M3 south until the end. At the end of this motorway, there are now two ways to get to the new entrance of the club. Turn left and at the T-junction traffic lights turn right. Then turn right into Boyes Drive and the entrance to the club is signposted to the right into Westlake Avenue. Or alternatively turn right at the end of the motorway, and just before the first traffic lights, branch off left towards Stonehurst. Turn left at the circle into Westlake Avenue and the entrance to the club will be a little way down on your left.