Length of Course: Men 6022 m Ladies 5367 m
Type of Course: Links
Visitors: Bookings Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday
Club Professional: Graeme van der Nest 041 583 3011
Club Shop: Yes
Practice Facilities: Putting greens, driving range
Hire Facilities: Clubs, trolleys, caddies and drive carts
Catering: Bar, restaurant
Location: Marine Drive, Strand, Port Elizabeth 6001
General Manager: Bradley Muller
Postal address: P.O.Box 16135, Humewood 6013
Phone: 041 583 2137
Fax: 041 583 1775
A CLASSIC LINKS
The first thing that strikes you on arrival at this course is the stately double-storey white clubhouse from which you have marvellous views of the course and the bay. The excellent Humewood course was designed by the English course architect, Colonel S.V. Hotchkins, and is deservedly regarded as his finest piece of work. A testament to this is that the club has hosted the South African Open Championships on no less than nine occasions. Also, the fact that this traditional links once again hosted the SA Open in 2006, shows that it has stood the test of time.
It is indeed a links course with wide rolling fairways featuring numerous mounds and hollows. As is the case with most coastal courses, wind plays a big role and the par of some of the holes often depends on which wind is blowing! The winds can sometimes reach ferocious proportions and this certainly adds to what is already a testing and challenging course.
The terrain is rugged with indigenous fynbos vegetation and an abundance of wildlife. Crowned plovers, known locally as ‘kiewietjies’ live on the course and often nest on the fairways, but you will know to avoid their homes as they are marked with red flags.
Gould’s Special Note:
This magnificent venue has regularly drawn the cream of our international golfer’s back to SA to play in the Open Championship. No less than Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Trevor Immelman and Tim Clark have been lured back for the experience.
1st Hole – Par 4 – Men 356 m Ladies 324 m
The first hole captures the essence of Humewood. To your right is the splendid clubhouse that sets the tone for a magnificent golfing challenge. As you line up your tee shot, you will see a rolling fairway with fynbos and bushes as well as the sea in the distance. The degree of difficulty here is dictated by the strength of the wind. Your second shot is to a green, protected by swales to the left and a bank to the right. Bush both at the back and right awaits you if your shot is too long.
13th Hole – Par 4 – Men 399 m Ladies 356 m
Rolling and meandering its way through the local bush is the tough par 4, 13th hole. The main difficulty here lies in hitting your second shot to an elevated green. A high bank situated short right presents a tricky, sandy lie if you are too short. A deep bunker sitting short left will stop your ball from sliding further away from the green. I suggest that you favour the right, as crescent-shaped slopes will help your ball back to the green.
18th Hole – Par 4 – Men 358 m Ladies 299 m
No matter how you have played up until now (or if you caught Humewood on a windy day), the sight of the clubhouse in the distance will have you relishing the golfing tradition. The fairway here features substantial mounds and you should aim for the highest part of the clubhouse from the tee. The second shot requires taking on two large bunkers short right of the green that will catch a fade and two smaller, but no less penalising ones, will welcome the pulled shot.
From the Strand beachfront, travel on Humewood Road (next to the beach) in the direction of Jeffrey’s Bay. The road becomes Beach Road, and continue along this road until you see the signs for the club on your right.